Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is essential for various physiological functions in the human body. It is not produced naturally by the body, so it must be obtained through diet or supplements. Vitamin C is found in a variety of fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and grapefruits, as well as in berries, kiwi, tomatoes, peppers, and leafy green vegetables.
- L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C): Use a high-quality, powdered form of L-ascorbic acid. It’s crucial to use the right type of Vitamin C, as other forms may not be as effective.
- Distilled Water: To dissolve the ascorbic acid.
- Vegetable Glycerin: This helps to retain moisture.
- Vitamin E Oil: Acts as an antioxidant and can enhance the stability of the Vitamin C.
- Aloe Vera Gel (optional): Soothing and hydrating.
- Dark Glass Bottle: To protect the serum from light, which can degrade Vitamin C.
- Measure Ingredients: Depending on the concentration you desire, start with a small amount of ascorbic acid (e.g., 1/2 to 1 teaspoon).
- Mix Ascorbic Acid with Water: In a bowl, mix the ascorbic acid powder with distilled water. Stir until the powder is completely dissolved. You can adjust the amount of water to achieve your desired concentration.
- Add Glycerin: Add a few drops of vegetable glycerin to the mixture. This helps in retaining moisture and preventing the serum from drying out.
- Add Vitamin E Oil: Add a small amount of vitamin E oil (a few drops) to enhance stability and provide additional antioxidant benefits.
- Optional: Add Aloe Vera Gel: If you want to add soothing and hydrating properties, you can include a small amount of aloe vera gel.
- Transfer to Dark Glass Bottle: Pour the mixture into a dark glass bottle. Dark glass helps protect the serum from light, which can degrade Vitamin C.
- Store in the Refrigerator: It is sensitive to light and air. To prolong its shelf life, store the serum in the refrigerator. It’s recommended to make small batches that can be used within a relatively short period.
- Apply Sunscreen: It can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. It’s crucial to apply sunscreen during the day, especially when using a Vitamin C serum.
Vitamin C has the following products:
1 Vitamin C Serum
2 Vitamin C Cream
3 Vitamin C Moisturiser
4 Vitamin C Ceramide Cleanser
The effectiveness of the serum can diminish over time due to oxidation. Prepare small batches and use them within a few weeks for optimal results.
Before trying any DIY skincare products, it’s advisable to do a patch test to ensure that your skin doesn’t react negatively to any of the ingredients. If you have sensitive skin or any skin conditions, consult with a dermatologist before using homemade skincare products.