Making homemade vitamin C serum for your face is as simple as throwing together your morning smoothie. All it takes is a quick trip to the local health foods store or pharmacy and a few minutes of preparation. Fresh and effective, you can reap the same benefits of branded vitamin C serums at a tenth of the cost. According to the Indian Dermatology Online Journal, the topical benefits of vitamin C are plentiful. Vitamin C is safe and naturally prevents photoaging, treats hyperpigmentation, promotes tissue healing, stimulates collagen production and wards off free radicals.
Measure and pour the distilled water into the mixing bowl. If you'd like a scented serum, use rose water instead of distilled water.
Measure and pour the vitamin C powder into the mixing bowl. Sensitive skin may call for a little less vitamin C powder. Stir mixture with whisk until dissolved.
Measure and pour the vegetable glycerin into the mixing bowl. Dry skin may need a little more vegetable glycerin. Stir mixture with whisk until blended.
Screw the top off of the dropper bottle. Place the funnel into the dropper bottle. Pour the mixture from the mixing bowl into the funnel. Screw the top back onto the dropper bottle and shake vigorously.
Refrigerate your vitamin C serum.
For a smoother formula, use vitamin C crystals in lieu of powder along with aloe vera gel in lieu of vegetable glycerin.
Use the dropper to apply two drops into the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and smooth the serum all over your face, neck and chest, after cleansing and toning your face morning and night. Thereafter, apply moisturizer along with sunscreen in the morning, as vitamin C increases your skin's sensitivity to the sun.
Do not use oxidized vitamin C serum, as it may be damaging to skin. You can tell when it has oxidized, or gone bad, as it will become discolored. Only use a dark-colored dropper bottle, as it prevents rapid oxidization of the vitamin C serum, and create a new batch at least once a week for maximum effectiveness.
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