Sunday, 12 April 2015

DIY: Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C is a powerful ingredient, brilliant anti-ageing and collagen booster. There are so many vitamin C serums available in market. But most of them are not pocket friendly. Those which are, either do not give adequate results or the quantity is so less that one way or another it will cost you a lot at the end of the day.

However, if there is a will, there is a way. And I found a way to develop my own serum and straight away put on my DIY shoes.  I researched a lot and went through different formulas to come up with combination of ingredients which work well for me. If you are interested in making one for yourself then keep on reading.


Pharmaceutical grade Vitamin C powder               ¼ tsp
(L-Ascorbic Acid)

Water                                                                       1 Tsp
Vegetable Glycerine (optional)                                  2 tsp
Almond oil (optional)                                                  1 tsp
Any healing essential oil (optional)                            2-3 drops
I am using rosehip oil here

Other things you will need:

Clean container to mix all the ingredients
Spatula for mixing
Glass bottle for storing

If glycerine is not for you, you can eliminate it. You can also change oils of your choice and opt out them altogether. But vitamin C can be a bit drying alone and can irritate the skin. Oils and glycerine nourish the skin. Vegetable glycerine is less sticky and absorbs in easily. Glycerine also absorbs moisture from surrounding, making skin more supple. Almond oil is rich in vitamin E and rosehip oil has healing properties. You can also reduce the quantity of oils according to your need. I have oily skin and I am happy with this combination.


Now let’s get started

Step 1:

Spoon out vitamin C powder in a clean container. Add water and gently stir. This is the most crucial part because vitamin C doesn't dissolve in water that easily. Although I used the powder, still it took me a while to dissolve it properly. Decent the solution if there are any tiny particles left.

Step 2:

Add vegetable glycerine, almond oil and rosehip oil and mix the solution well.

Step 3:

Transfer the solution to dark amber bottle. Amber bottle will protect vitamin C from breaking and oxidizing. Vitamin C is very unstable and can degrade.

How to use?

Shake well the bottle before application to mix. Take 3 to 4 drops and massage into skin every night. Use within one week. But storing in regenerator will increase longevity of serum up to 3 weeks. It’s preferable to make serum in small batches to keep it fresh and reduces the chances of degradation.

I am seeing visible results. My skin looks clearer, fresher and feels softer and smooth.
I hope you have enjoyed this post. Share your thoughts.

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