Taking good care of your skin is important because it is the most exposed organ of the body. The skin is exposed to the damaging effects of UV rays which result in premature aging and cancer through cell damage. In skin care, vitamin C serum has been widely used in many products as ascorbic acid for its skin restoration properties. The acid helps decrease wrinkle depth, stimulate collagen and sometimes lighten darken pigment.
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 amounts of vitamin C content, and therefore offer no antioxidant benefit.
The effects of ascorbic acid can vary widely from person to person. 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, become worthless.
Due to the difficulty of transforming vitamin C into formulation, most ascorbic acid products have hefty price tags. The oxidation of vitamin C serum can be identified by yellowing of the product. The best thing to do with an oxidized cream is to discard it. This color check method is not a guarantee however, since in the very early stages of oxidation, it does not have the yellow tinge. Another challenge is that some manufacturers 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 have similar collagen stimulation properties.
The serum or base cream a person uses has no special benefits to the effect on the active ingredient. This should not be used to justify the cost of the product.
In order to get the freshest Vitamin C serum, without worrying that a product you buy already has been oxidized, is to make your own. This is the recipe I use and it makes a truly awesome product. No more buying a ready made vitamin C serum for me!
Vitamin C Serum Recipe
The recipe mainly revolves around the active ingredient, complementing a simple base formula.
- – ¼ teaspoon Vitamin C with L-ascorbic acid which is the active ingredient (powder form)
- – 1 teaspoon of distilled water
- 1 dropper full of rosehip oil
- – 2 ounces of Glycerin (optional) or
- – 2 ounces of a Cream base (optional)
- 5 drops frankincense essential oil (optional, but powerful cancer fighter)
- 2 drops of lavender essential oil
In a glass container, put the L-ascorbic in the water and stir to dissolve. Don’t use a metal spoon, use wood or glass to stir. Mix in the glycerin, and the oils then put in a glass container. You can then use this oil as a serum. Store in the refrigerator.
If you want to make a vitamin C cream, mix the about vitamin C serium into 2 oz. of a base cream. There are many good ones out there, find the one that you like best for your skin. Personally, this is my favorite option. I have super dry skin and I like the extra moisture a cream base provides.
Store your vitamin C serum or cream in the refrigerator and toss it out when it starts to turn yellow. Make it in small batches so it stays fresh.
It’s a good idea to do a small skin test first, check your skin after 24 hours to make sure you don’t have an allergy. 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.
You might also enjoy my posts What Happened When I Did a Home Chemical Peel on My Skin and Bath and Body Recipes to Make at Home.
Through this simple process, you can save money and still enjoy the great skin benefits of vitamin C serum.
Until next time,
By Valerie Garner
Excellent book for health I liked, click the image for more info