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Anti-Aging Serum with Vitamin C and Camu Camu
Oranges are a Known Source of Vitamin C
Skin Serums ~
If you have tried or are using a commercial facial serum you will know they tend to be the more expensive type of beauty product out there in the various brands.
I used to adore Estee Lauder’s advance night repair but at a cost today ranging from $55 - $140 a bottle, it was a luxury that soon became a memory.
Anti-aging skin care products are big business for the Cosmetic Industry as it is one benefit that jumps out to all consumers when looking for the best one to try.
Men and women both have their needs in a facial moisturizer or a serum, depending on skin type, age, and hormonal changes to name a few.
Serums are designed to work in conjunction with moisturizers and some will be for nighttime use only, others will be twice daily.
Rejuvenate the Skin
Oranges Contain Vitamin C
Homemade Beauty Benefits ~
Continuing my quest on homemade beauty products that will really make a difference not just to your pocket but your skin too, I came upon the idea of an anti-aging serum.
An ad I recently saw in a fashion magazine confirmed this thought process along with ideas mentioned by readers and friends.
My old favorite Estee Lauder were advertising their advanced night repair eye serum infusion which looks identical to the face serum I used to purchase, just a smaller bottle and at a mere $62 for a 15 ml size bottle!
It sadly did not surprise me and the fact I had recently showed making an eye cream with coconut oil and vitamin E possible, for less than a dollar made me beam. Wow some price difference.
Public concern over what is actually in our commonly used products including skin cream, face masks, shaving cream and other products is constantly a hot topic on the internet and in the media.
For some recipe ideas that are easy to make, safe, cost effective and beneficial, check out lavender insect repellent, homemade mouthwash recipes, lavender and patchouli body wash and rosemary and eucalyptus deodorant.
From researching for the perfect anti-aging serum that would tick all the boxes for me, more and more interesting facts emerged. In particular the ingredient camu camu (also known as cacari, camucamu or camocamo) which I have to admit I had not crossed paths with before, but what a useful and powerful form of vitamin c and a must for this anti-aging serum recipe.
Let’s take a look at Ascorbic Acid and Camu Camu.
L- Ascorbic Acid (Vit C) ~
L-Ascorbic Acid is commonly known as vitamin c. whilst we may take vitamin c orally to boost our immune system and ward off the colds and flu; vitamin c is more beneficial in ascorbic acid powder form for the skin, when used topically.
What is l-ascorbic acid?
Quite simply, it is a water soluble alpha- hydroxy acid (AHA) that works as an antioxidant and is an important chemical for several metabolic reactions. It is a naturally found acid in plants, particularly fruit and some animals are known to have the ability to synthesize this vitamin.
When topically applied it has three main skin metabolism functions:
1 - An Antioxidant
As an antioxidant, it helps prevent skin cancer forming cells developing as a result from UVA and UVB exposure.
2 - Melanin Inhibitor
Vitamin C has a skin lightening effect
3 - Stimulates Collagen
Vitamin C accelerates the collagen production in our cells which firms the skin; helps prevent fine lines and premature aging of the skin.
Applying Facial Serum
Benefits of L- Ascorbic Acid ~
- Improves skin appearance by reducing any fine lines and wrinkles
- Improves skin texture and tone within days of using
- Protects against sunburn
- Protects the skin against harmful free radicals
- Prevents skin cells damage caused by ultra violet radiation (UVR)
- Once applied it penetrates the skin and vitamin C will remain in the skin for 72 hours making it extremely long lasting
- Minimizes scar tissue
Disadvantage of Ascorbic Acid ~
When exposed to light, heat and air it starts to become unstable and the benefits to skin cells start diminishing. Many commercial brands use ascorbic acid in a liquid which becomes totally unstable and useless within a short time unbeknown to us the consumers. Manufacturers often add a yellow food coloring to mask any obvious signs of this ingredient being inactive and gone off. Fresh potent ascorbic acid when mixed should be clear and will only turn yellow as it starts to become inactive. The longer it is stored the darker it looks right up to dark brown.
This recipe is one that is using the freshest most potent ascorbic acid in powder form and I only recommended keeping the serum a few days to a maximum of a week, so use it up!
It is not totally natural so if you want to use this recipe all natural vitamin C then use our next ingredient alone, Camu Camu!
The Amazon Rainforest
total antioxidant capacity per serving size foods
Camu Camu 1 cup = 145,000
Wild blueberry 1 cup = 13, 427
Red kidney beans (dried) ½ cup = 13,259
Pinto beans ½ cup = 11,864
Blueberry (cultivated) 1 cup = 9,019
Cranberries (whole) 1 cup = 8, 983
Artichoke hearts (cooked) 1 cup = 7,904
Blackberry 1 cup = 7,701
Prune ½ cup = 7,291
Raspberry 1 cup = 6,058
Strawberry 1 cup = 5,938
Interview in the Amazonian Rainforest
Camu Camu (Vit C) ~
The camu camu berry hails from the low lying shrub Myrciaria dubia that is native to the Amazonian Rainforest in South America and WHAT A FIND! How envious I am of my friends living in South America, having this superfood on their doorstep.
One of the ingredients I am super excited about as its anti aging benefits are extraordinary and enables a homemade anti-aging serum to far outweigh ANY commercial product which claims to have stable vitamin c added. Virtually impossible to achieve at the required levels and certainly not affordable.
The small berries are at least 30 times more potent than oranges in Vitamin C per serving. The camu camu is rich in antioxidants and contains high levels of calcium, potassium, protein, beta carotene, amino acids and powerful phytochemicals.
The proverbial grapevine has seen this superfood’s popularity soar throughout the world and it has been called “nature’s vitamin pill”.
Containing the highest level of natural occurring Vitamin C in the world, camu camu has long been used for its medicinal and nutritional benefits in the Amazonian basin countries namely Peru, Brazil, Columbia, Bolivia and Ecuador.
Sunset in The Rainforest
Camu Camu Powder
Benefits of Camu Camu Powder ~
- Powerful anti-aging properties
- Vital in the production of collagen
- Natural antihistamine properties
- Boosts Immune system
- Helps maintain healthy organs
- Neutralizes pollutants
- Antiviral properties
- Helps protect fat-soluble Vitamin A and E and fatty acids from oxidation
- Enables the production of antibodies
Information and Benefits of Camu Camu Berries
measuring & mixing
- The Peruvian Camu Camu helps Olivia Newton-John to recover from Cancer - Vitamin "C" to provides you
The Camu Camu consider today as another super food . A recent research studies states tha Camu Camu it is today the most power source of natural Vitamin C in the world. Buy Camu Camu tabs at Peruherbals.com.
Anti Aging Serum Recipe ~
If you wish to use only camu camu then use 2 tsp instead of 1.
If you wish to make half this amount use 1 tsp of vitamin c to 1 tsp water and 1 tsp glycerine.
1 tsp l-ascorbic acid (vit c)
1 tsp camu camu powder (vit c)
2 tsp distilled water
2 tsp vegetable glycerine
You Will Need:
Glass Pyrex measuring jug
1 oz bottle and dropper (dark color)
Small funnel (optional)
- Add the l-ascorbic acid and then the camu camu to your Pyrex jug.
- Add the distilled water.
- Mix the ingredients until all the grains have disappeared. You will feel them as you mash in the serum.
- When fully smooth add in the vegetable glycerine and give a mix.
- Pop your funnel on top of the bottle opening and pour in your lush serum.
- Screw on the lid and give a gentle shake.
- Your anti-aging serum is now ready to use. Fresh, potent and gorgeous!
- Using your dropper, use 2-3 drops in the palm of your hands rub gently together and massage onto a cleansed and toned skin, free of makeup. Massage in all over the face, neck and decolletage area twice a day.
- Men, this is a terrific boost to use after shaving when the pores are open. Use in the same way on the face and neck. You may experience a mild stinging sensation, similar to an application of eau de cologne but this will quickly ease.
Camu Camu Seeds
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Anti-Aging Vitamin C Serum
Have I convinced you to give it a go?
Suzie’s Tips ~
If you want to make a smaller quantity, use a lip balm container for the serum.
Instead of distilled water, use filtered, bottled or mineral water. Tap water may have chlorine, nitrates, magnesium and harmful carcinogens.
Recycle suitable small dark bottles or pick up cheaply in drugstores, pharmacies or online. Always clean and sterilize well before using.
Keep in a cool dark place, never in a hot room or in direct sunlight or your potent cocktail will start to lose its benefits, no need for the refrigerator.
Makes a perfect inexpensive and quick gift idea for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, just remember to let your recipient know to use within a week. Include the recipe for them or make up more if they are a converted fan.
Use in conjunction with your own moisturizer if you wish. Apply the serum first, allow it absorb into the skin, and then apply your regular moisturizer or sunscreen.
Why not try making a Jojoba Anti-Aging Solution moisturizer since you are in the mood for some DIY skin care?
If you fancy any more of my homemade beauty recipes you can check them all out @ my homemade skin care recipes board on Pinterest.
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