Simple Vitamin C Serum
Some of the most ‘active’ ingredients you can find in skin care today are vitamins and minerals. To be
honest with you, I SO want to just get preachy about taking your vitamins here because I truly believe that most, if not all, maladies begin with a deficiency. Yes, toxins are a huge issue, but our bodies really can combat most things as long as there are no deficiencies holding them back. But I won’t do that today.
Vitamin C is a very important antioxidant. It promotes an increase in collagen in the skin. Taking C internally is good, but to stimulate your skin into forming new collagen, applying it topically is surprisingly effective. Take a look around – there are a couple of very famous vitamin C serums that run about $100.00 – $150.00 PER OUNCE. While those famous serums are a little more complex than what I’m going to offer you here today – having other vitamins and nutrients besides C (and I question the logic of putting zinc in with C since zinc and C compete and cause oxidation to accelerate), the active in the serum is vitamin C. Specifically L-Ascorbic Acid. You can find L-Ascorbic Acid at Amazon, Making Cosmetics and Lotion Crafter. It isn’t super expensive to buy an ounce or so of the powder to try your own serum. A dollar or two for the dropper bottle (yes, recycled ones are ok as long as you get all of the previous contents out completely), and you’re good to go!
OK, on to the recipe. This is approximately a 10% concentration of Vitamin C. If you find that it tingles too much at first, you can wet your face before you apply it or add a little more water to your first batch to get accustomed to the C. Over time, the skin does develop a tolerance to the tingling that is felt at first. Some people have worked up to 25% serums.
1 – amber or cobalt 1 or 2 ounce glass dropper bottle (a 1 oz bottle is preferred – once your serum is oxidized, it will turn orangey, it’s not as beneficial as fresh, so don’t make up a lot at a time)
L-Ascorbic Acid (vitamin c)
Small dropper bottle
small bowl to mix
Into a small bowl, measure 1/2 tsp L-Ascorbic Acid, 4 tsp distilled water and 1 tsp glycerin – Note: I don’t use glycerin. Here in Arizona, there is no moisture in the air for the glycerin to draw on, so it draws the moisture from the skin and I don’t care for the way it gets to feeling. Try this without the glycerin and with the glycerin – see what works for you.
The L-Ascorbic acid can take some time to dissolve completely, so be patient. Once dissolved, mix well and pour into your dropper bottle. This will last nearly a month. As it oxidizes, it will turn orange. Once it is orange, it’s no longer very beneficial for the skin. Pour it out, clean the dropper bottle and make a new batch!