3 DIY Vitamin C Serums For Glowing Skin

Different people have different skincare routines. Those of us with simpler regimes might have just a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. Then there are some of us who have slightly more elaborate routines and a whole range of products.

Of late, a lot of people have been incorporating vitamin C serums in their skincare regimes. And, before we move on to the recipes, it’s important to know what role vitamin C serums play in skin health.

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Why Use Vitamin C Serums?

Vitamin C serums have a watery and sticky consistency. Experts recommend that you use the serum at night after cleansing and toning your face. Since this might dry out your skin, it’s important to follow it up with a good moisturizer. When it comes to skin health, vitamin C serums

  • Improve Collagen Function: Vitamin C provides support for skin’s connective tissue and speeds up the healing of wounds and blemishes on the skin.1
  • Heal Sun Damage: Topical application of vitamin C serums reduce the signs of photoaging, including wrinkles, fine lines, and pigmentation.2 3

Vitamin C serums are also popularly used as anti-aging serums. And, if you’re someone who likes being hands-on when it comes to their skincare products, you’d be glad to know that you can make vitamin C serums at home.

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3 Vitamin C Serum Recipes

1. Vitamin C and Aloe Vera

Aloe vera heals skin.

The combination of vitamin C and aloe vera works well for damaged skin. Aloe vera helps heal the skin of burns, rashes, and wounds. Additionally, it moisturizes the skin and protects it from sun damage.4 Here’s how you can go about making it.

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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of vitamin C powder
  • 1 teaspoon of filtered water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of aloe vera gel
  • 8 drops of vitamin E oil
  • Dark glass bottle.
  • Funnel

Directions

  1. In a bowl, mix vitamin C powder and filtered water.
  2. Add the aloe vera gel and vitamin E oil to this and mix well.
  3. Using the funnel, transfer the serum to the glass bottle.

Store this serum in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Vitamin E oil here prevents skin cancer, heals wounds, prevents comedones and protects against sun damage.5

 2. Vitamin C And Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil reverses skin aging.

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This serum is ideal for people with extremely dry skin. Jojoba oil prevents skin infections, reverses skin aging, and aids wound healing. It also improves the absorption of topical creams and moisturizes the skin.6 Here’s how you can go about making this serum.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of vitamin C powder
  • 1 teaspoon of filtered water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of jojoba oil
  • Dark glass bottle
  • Funnel

Directions

  1. In a bowl, mix vitamin C powder and filtered water.
  2. Add the jojoba oil and mix well.
  3. Using the funnel, transfer the serum to the glass bottle.

Store this serum in the refrigerator and use within 2 weeks. You could adjust the ingredient quantities to meet your desired consistency. However, be sure not to increase the concentration of vitamin C too much since that might harm your skin.

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3. Vitamin C and Glycerin

Glycerin moisturizes skin.

This is the most basic vitamin C serum. It’s the best option for you if you’re new to making serums at home since it has very few ingredients. Additionally, the ingredients are simple and easy to source. Here’s how you can go about making this serum.

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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of vitamin C powder
  • 1 teaspoon of filtered water
  • 1/2 teaspoon glycerin
  • Dark glass bottle
  • Funnel

Directions

  1. In a bowl, mix vitamin C powder and filtered water.
  2. Add the glycerin and mix well.
  3. Using the funnel, transfer the serum to the glass bottle.

This serum will keep well in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks. The glycerin, here, is a classic moisturizing agent and prevents the serum from being too drying.7

It’s important to note that the pH of your serums is extremely important. So, once you’re done making the serum, do separate a portion of it and use a pH strip to ensure that it is at 3.5. Anything lower or higher can damage your skin. Additionally, be sure to do a patch test before applying the serum to your face.

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While making your own vitamin C serum can save you a lot of money, the effectivity of the serum is only as good as the preparation. This is because exposures to air, heat, or light may slowly degrade vitamin C.8 So, be sure to store your serum well. And, if all else fails, you could always buy one for yourself.

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