Taking good care of your skin is very important for the fact that it is the most exposed organ of the body. The skin is naturally exposed to the damaging effects of UV rays which result in premature aging and cancers through cell damage. Even so, vitamin C has been identified to be an effective counter against skin aging through its constituent ingredients. In skin care, vitamin c serum has been widely used in many products as ascorbic acid for its skin restoration properties. The acid is established to decrease wrinkle depth, stimulate collagen and sometimes lighten pigments at low pH and concentration.
Important Facts about Vitamin C Serum
With the increased demand for products with vitamin c serum, consumers need to be cautious of substandard products that have now flooded the market. These products are produced by companies with the intentions of capitalizing on the skin care market trends. The products are packaged with miniscule vitamin c content and therefore offer no antioxidant benefit.
The effects of ascorbic acid are specific to an individual in that people do not get the same results. Some (about 60%) may enjoy the skin restoration benefits while others only get protection against cell damage induced by UV.
The serums and ascorbic acid creams are easily oxidized due to their unstable nature and once oxidized, they become worthless.
Due to the difficulty of transforming vitamin c into formulation, most ascorbic acid products have hefty price tags. The oxidation of serum can be identified by yellowing of the product and therefore the best thing to do with an oxidized cream is to discard it. Even so, this color check is not guaranteed since the very early stages of oxidation do not have the yellow tinge. This is also a challenge contributed by some manufacturers who tint their products.
Derivatives of vitamin C are significantly more stable, effective at lesser concentrations and cheaper. The new derivatives include Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbat , Magnesium ascobyl and Ascorbyl palmitate and have similar collagen stimulation properties.
The serum or base cream a person uses has no special benefits to the effect of the active ingredient and this should therefore not be used to justify the cost of the product.
DIY Preparation of Vitamin C Serum is possible although consideration will have to be made on the base ingredients. These ingredients offer the added benefit of skin protection as well as supplementing the repair properties of the product. The preparation involves making use of simple ingredients easily available to purchase.
Vitamin C Recipe
The recipe mainly revolves around the active ingredient complementing a simplistic base formula. All products bought from the counter constitute;
- ¼ teaspoon Vitamin C with L-ascorbic acid which is the active ingredient (powder form)
- 1 teaspoon of distilled water
- 2 ounces of Glycerin (optional) or
- 2 ounces of a Cream base (optional)
If you want to scent it with a drop of 2 of lavender essential oil, you can do that as well.
Once you buy the L-ascorbic acid you glass container and dissolve with the water. If you intend to make a serum, now mix in the glycerin (available at any drugstore or online), and put in a glass container.
If you want to make a vitamin C cream, mix the dissolved L-ascorbic into 2 oz. of a base cream. There are many good ones out there, find the one that you like best for your skin. You can also add the glycerin if you want to this as well, try it both ways and see what you like best.
Store you vitamin C serum or cream in the refrigerator and toss after 2 weeks. Make it in small batches so it stays fresh.
It’s a good idea to do a small skin test first, and check your skin after 24 hours to make sure you don’t have an allergy, or that you’re one that vitamin C doesn’t do well with. If it doesn’t do well with your skin, consider trying some of the vitamin C directives listed above. Be sure to discontinue use if your skin test reacts.
Through this simple process, you can save significantly and still enjoy the great skin benefits. If however, you develop an allergy, you should desist from using the product consult a specialist.
By Valerie Garner