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Homemade Anti-Aging Serum With Vitamin C

Updated on October 25, 2012
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I'm obsessed with skin and the aging process, skincare research is what I do in my spare time.

The only ingredients you will need to make your own serum
The only ingredients you will need to make your own serum | Source

If you’ve ever woken up and noticed wrinkles on your face for the first time, it can be a major shock. Of course, aging and wrinkles are both completely natural, but if you are careful you can delay the aging process by taking good care of your skin. If your skin is healthy and protected from the elements, it can really help to reduce the effects of aging. Interested in protecting my own skin and treating it well, I started to do a lot of research on natural ways to take care of my appearance. There are many products available to consumers who are willing to spend loads of cash to fight the aging process, but of course a lot of the products available in the stores are very expensive.

Vitamin C: A Miracle Cure

After doing a ton of research, I came to discover that there is a great solution to wrinkles and the best part is that it’s something very popular, and it’s available to everyone: It turns out that a great way to keep your face looking healthy is vitamin C! Vitamin C, in it’s purest form is very successful in eradicating wrinkles. L-ascorbic acid, is one of the purest forms of vitamin C available and if applied topically to your face it can greatly improve the appearance of skin. When L-ascorbic acid is applied onto the skin, it is very helpful in reducing wrinkles as well as preventing wrinkles from forming. A lot of people are already using vitamin C serums for wrinkles, but it really can be considered a miracle cure for other skin problems too, like acne, skin discoloration and scarring. It is helpful in soothing sun burnt skin and can help protect your skin from damaging sun rays when used in conjunction with sunscreen.

Don’t believe me? There is a ton of scientific studies out there showing exactly the same thing I just said. Whether you are young and want to protect your skin from future aging, or you aren’t happy with how old you look, a vitamin C serum can help to reduce the look of aging and the look of wrinkles. My mom has been using vitamin C serums for years and everyone is always surprised at her actual age.

Save Your Money

The thing with vitamin C serums is that store bought serums can cost anywhere from 20 dollars and up, and some are over a hundred dollars! The good news is that if done correctly, you can make a serum from home, that will be just as effective as the store bought ones and will save you lots of money. The amount of money you will spend on this homemade vitamin C serum is minimal, and the beauty of making your own is you know exactly what ingredients went into making the product. There aren’t any artificial fragrances or colors, or any harmful chemicals in a homemade serum.

You can grind your crystals into an even finer powder
You can grind your crystals into an even finer powder | Source
Stir the solution to allow the L-Ascorbic acid to dissolve into the solution
Stir the solution to allow the L-Ascorbic acid to dissolve into the solution | Source

How Does It Work?

When applied to your face, vitamin C will help your skin to produce collagen. As people age, the amount of collagen in their skin is reduced, and so getting a boost of collagen will help your skin look less saggy. With the serum, the natural elasticity of your skin will return, it will also tighten and firm the look of your skin. It’s also useful to use because our skin absorbs vitamin C very easily, making it an ideal topical agent.

Vitamin C Serum Recipe

¾ - about 1 teaspoon of L- ascorbic acid powder
1 Teaspoon of distilled rose water (or regular distilled water)
1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin
1 plastic or wooden spoon
1 glass container to mix the ingredients
1 small dark glass or plastic bottle or vial (must be light resistant)
mortar and pestle to grind the ascorbic acid into a very fine powder. (optional)

Make sure that the L-Ascorbic acid is a finely ground powder. The more coarse the powder, the longer it will take to mix with the liquid. Before mixing the ingredients I grinded the L-ascorbic acid into a fine powder with a mortar and pestle. Take the powder and mix it and the water together, stirring it constantly with your spoon to make sure that the crystals dissolve into the water. Add the vegetable glycerin. Pour the contents into your light resistant container. Once everything is properly mixed, you can apply the mixture to your skin. Dab the serum onto your face and neck, but be careful not to get any in your eyes. If you do, wash it out immediately with water. You can apply the serum once a day, the best time is first thing in the morning because the serum can help protect your skin against sun exposure.

Things To Remember:

I would recommend using a plastic or wooden spoon when mixing. The Vitamin C crystals can degrade very easily, and using metal spoons can speed up the oxidization process.

Distilled water is very important for this serum, it’s free from chemicals and minerals, but it’s also free from oxygen. The vitamin C will lose it’s effectiveness over time, but oxygen and sunlight will speed up this process, so water directly from the tap should be avoided if possible.

I would suggest that the first time you try this serum, test it out first in a small area. It is normal for the vitamin C to cause a slight tingling sensation, but it shouldn’t last for very long. If it does last too long, or if the pain is more intense, you should reduce the amount of L-ascorbic acid that you put in your serum. If you want, you can also add more Ascorbic acid to the mixture if you don’t feel that it’s strong enough. On some people the serum might also have a drying effect, if this happens you might consider applying a moisturizer on after applying the serum.

Storing The Serum

Due to the unstable nature of L-Ascorbic acid, once the serum is made, it will not last long. Consider using it for a few weeks at most. The L-Ascorbic acid will begin to deteriorate very quickly once it’s mixed with water, which is why it’s a good idea to make a small amount of the serum so you don’t waste anything. If you notice any discoloration or a strange smell from the serum, throw it away, it means that the serum has oxidized and the vitamin c is no longer effective. Sunlight can also deteriorate the vitamin so it is recommended that you store your serum in a dark glass container so that less light can pass through and destroy the vitamins. I didn’t have a glass container, however I was able to obtain a light resistant plastic container from my local pharmacist.


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    • ChristinS profile image

      Christin Sander 

      6 years ago from Midwest

      definitely going to give this a try. I moisturize and make scrubs all the time with coconut oil (reduces inflammation, penetrates deeply, highly moisturizing) I wonder if some of the vit C powder added to coconut oil sugar scrub would brighten the skin? hmmm I may have to try that too :) Thanks for hub - pinned and shared.

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      Katee Shew 

      6 years ago from Canada

      @Christine did you put the ascorbic acid in the water first? It's very likely that the concenttration of vitamin c you are using is saturating the solution. Try adding more water or slightly less ascorbic acid into the mixture and see if that works.

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      6 years ago

      I can't get the ascorbic acid crystals to dissolve. Anyone have any ideas?

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      6 years ago from USA

      Natural is always the best way to go if possible. Your hub was informative and easy to follow. Keep up the great hubs!

    • Christy Kirwan profile image

      Christy Kirwan 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      This is awesome! So much cheaper.

    • TheKatsMeow profile imageAUTHOR

      Katee Shew 

      7 years ago from Canada

      @vespawoolf that's awesome, good luck with it, I am excited for you :)

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      Vespa Woolf 

      7 years ago from Peru, South America

      I'm thrilled to have this information! I have all these ingredients but the Vitamin C powder. I've marked this page and will look into getting the powder right away. I love to save money by making homemade beauty treatments. Thanks so much!

    • TheKatsMeow profile imageAUTHOR

      Katee Shew 

      7 years ago from Canada

      @TrinityM Thank you for the comment! I would love to hear how it works out for you :)

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      Trinity M 

      7 years ago

      Interesting hub. I will definitely give this a try. I am a 100% natural home remedy supporter and this sounds great. Up and useful.


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