Vitamin C is not used only for treatment of flu and colds. Those who frequently use cosmetic products know that serums with high content of vitamin C make your skin tighter, smoother and younger. This trend of including vitamin C in face care products has already become quite popular in America.
The main reason for this is that vitamin C plays a key role for the synthesis of collagen, the protein that gives your skin structure and strength. The newly formed collagen smooths wrinkles and enhances skin condition. In recent years, a number of clinical trials have been done on products containing vitamin C to confirm its effectiveness. All of these found that vitamin C modifies the microstructure of the skin and reduces the depth of wrinkles thus having anti-aging effects on the structural and functional skin damage.
Unfortunately, this serum is really expensive, but there’ s a DIY recipe that can save you lots of money and give you the same if not better results at the same time.
Recipe for a homemade C Serum:
- 1 tsp ascorbic acid powder (pharmacy, bio shops),
- 3 tsp distilled water,
- 1 tsp glycerin (pharmacy)
- 1/4 tsp vitamin E (drugstore, get the smallest packaging – liquid or capsules)
- dark glass vials, preferably with a pipette (dropper).
Avoid using metal utensils when preparing this serum. Use ceramics, plastic, wooden or glass utensils instead.
- Put a teaspoon of ascorbic acid and three teaspoons of distilled water in a cup.
- Mix the ingredients with a plastic spoon for about 30-60 minutes (while watching TV for example) or until the crystals of ascorbic acid dissolve completely.
- Do not use warm water to melt the vitamin C faster because this will only destroy the serum.
- Finally add the glycerin and a teaspoon of vitamin E.
The vitamin E in the serum acts as an extra antioxidant which is also a great stabilizer.
When all the ingredients are mixed together, pour the serum into a dark bottle. Shake well before each use and store in a dark place.
Should you have oily skin, simply reduce the amount of glycerin.
You can also prepare this serum without using glycerin, but in this case, don’t use any vitamin E as it is not water-soluble.
Also, have in mind that this serum is highly prone to oxidation.