Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C Serum

Finally, a recipe for more youthful skin!  Vitamin C Serum.

I found a recipe for Vitamin C Serum  here.  There are actually several sites online that explain the benefits of applying vitamin C topically.  I thought since my skin is sometimes sensitive, I would make mine less potent than their serum recipes.

It is important to only use this at night since it may make you more sensitive to sun exposure.

The most important ingredient in this serum is Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) powder  This is NOT just crushed up Vitamin C tablets.

You need to make the serum in small amounts as the ingredients start to oxidize within a few days rendering it useless.  It also must be stored in a dark colored container to keep out the light.  I use a small measuring cup (from an old bottle of cold medicine to measure my ingredients.)  

If the serum begins to turn yellow, it has begun to oxidize.  You’ll need to make a fresh batch. 

Measure in a small container:

1 teaspoon distilled water.

1/2 teaspoon Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid)

Keep in a dark place such as the medicine cabinet for at least an hour.  It should be dissolved completely. When it’s dissolved, add:

1 t. vegetable glycerin

Swirl it in the container to combine.  Store in a dark colored dropper bottle in the medicine cabinet or other dark place.  Here’s an inexpensive dark colored bottle:

To use, apply a few drops to your freshly washed face at night.  You will notice a huge difference in your skin after a few weeks!

The L-Ascorbic Acid is sold on Amazon.  I have looked for it in my local health food store but they don’t carry the L-Ascorbic Acid. They have other forms of powdered Vitamin C, but they are not effective in this serum.

The vegetable glycerin can be found in health food stores and is also sold on Amazon.

Give these a try!  

As with any new skincare product, test it on a small patch of skin before applying it all over your face. Some people may have negative reactions so if you feel any discomfort or uncomfortable tingling, wash it off and discontinue use.

13 thoughts on “Vitamin C Serum

  1. Beth

    I make a variation of this, but I mix the vitamin c powder with pure aloe vera. The powder causes the aloe to get thin. I think the ratio I use is about 1/4 t. vit C to 3 T. aloe. Then, to prolong the shelf life, I actually store it in the refrigerator.

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    1. grandmabee Post author

      I believe that koolaid contains Ascorbic Acid (which is vitamin c.) But from what I understand, the L-Ascorbic acid is more easily absorbed into the skin. so it is more beneficial.

    1. grandmabee Post author

      If you are using the L-Ascorbic Acid, it is a very fine powder. It should dissolve completely within an hour after you add the water. I just set mine in the medicine cabinet (where it is dark) and leave it there to dissolve. Then I add the glycerin last.

  3. Susan Raven

    Hi, If you don’t mind my asking, how long have you used this version of Vit. C Serum? Have you tried any of the “expensive” creams? Do you know how they compare?
    Thank you,
    Curious, Susan

    1. grandmabee Post author

      I have been using this for a couple of years now. No, I have not tried the “expensive” creams since I love this one and it makes my skin feel so good!

  4. Kandy

    Thank you so much for the recipe! Vegetable glycerin seems to be sticky on my skin. Can I replace it with jojoba or apricot oil?


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