Skin Care Tip Of The Week *DIY Vitamin C Serum*

Monday, September 10, 2012

So many of you ask me what I use on a daily basis and I promise that post is coming soon...but one product that I can not live without is Vitamin C serum. It tightens your skin, helps lighten hormonal pigmentation (I was one of those that was cursed with horrible pregnancy melasma) and helps ward off wrinkles. I lather it on every SINGLE night before I go to bed. The only problem with Vitmain C serum is that it's one of the priciest skin care products on the market. I currently use this product and I have also used this one (yikes expensive I know). But today I am going to show you how you can make your own...for under $10! Get excited people.

What you will need:
  • A dark colored glass bottle. I used an empty serum bottle.
  • Vitamin C powder (L ascorbic powder). You can find this at your local health food store that carries products in bulk or you can purchase here.
  • %100 pure vegetable glycerine, which is a great base for serums and makes your skin extra glowy and soft.
Directions:
  1. In a small bowl mix 1 tsp of Vitamin C powder with 2 tsp of vegetable glycerine.
  2. Crush the crystals up until they are completely dissolved (if you don't you will end up with a grainy serum)
  3. Carefully pour your serum into your glass bottle.
  4. Apply 3-4 drops onto freshly cleansed skin and gently massage in until fully absorbed.
  5. Keep in a cool dry place.
* Update- if you are having trouble getting the crystals to dissolve, add a tiny bit of purified or distilled water to the mixture.  This should completely solve the gritty problem some of you are experiencing.

SO easy and you skin will thank you for this I promise.
My recommendation is to use this only at night to start. If you think your skin can handle more go ahead and use twice a day. Since this serum is all natural and does not contain any preservatives, only make enough to last you about two weeks. Vitamin C serum may cause temporary redness and that is normal, but if you have any burning sensation remove with cool water and lower the ratio of Vitamin C powder to vegetable glycerine.
Enjoy and please come back and let me know how you like this if you try it out!

141 comments:

christina said...

I dont always get a chance to comment...but I love love love your skin care tips!!!!!!

Jaime said...

Lovely! I saw a video where camu camu powder is used. What are your thoughts on that? (I currently have it in the pantry)

Briana said...

I a vitamin C serum daily and agree that it makes my skin amazingly glowy and soft and fresh! But how cool that I can make my own! I am going to make this serum for sure! As always, thanks for sharing. : )

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Jamie- Since I have never used camu camu powder I can not give you an honest opinion but you are more than welcome to play around with ingredients to see what works for you.

Anonymous said...

I have a question, will this cause any skin lightening? I am looking for something to naturally lighten one part of my face.

Thank you,
Dom

Kathy D. said...

Thanks so much Lindsay for that great tip!!!

Erica House said...

My skin breaks out almost anytime I try something new - do you think this would be okay for someone with oily/acne prone skin?

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Anonymous- Vitamin C has an natural brightening effect so yes, this can help lighten discolored areas of the skin.

Erica- My suggestion would be to do a test spot on your jawline for a week and see how you do. If you notice no irritation or breakouts then you should be good to go :)

Alexa said...

Ooh. And I love that it is all natural. I get so overwhelmed by all of the products at the store. Good to have a trustworthy source for tips! :)

Amy said...

I love all of your beauty tips! I can't wait to try this!

Kate said...

I always love your skin care tips, nice to find natural advice :)

Stephanie said...

I tried a vitamin c serum once and I felt like I had a sunburn for days. My skin was red, tight, and sore to touch. Do you think a homemade serum would be more or less potent for sensitive skin?

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

I never thought of making my own! Thanks for sharing.

Elen said...

I've made this serum before (using ascorbic acid), and it really helps even out your skin tone. If you have sensitive skin, add less ascorbic powder.

Lindsay said...

Ok I have GOT to try this! You have me sold :)

Aydan Stacey said...

I got it!!wonderful tips and I am gonna follow all the tips.

Susanna said...

This is great! Probably a rookie question, but do you put this on before moisturizer or after?

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Stephanie- my suggestion would be to do a patch test on your jawline for at least a week to see how your skin handles it. This formula is pure Vitmain C so it is pretty potent.

Susanna- apply before moisturizer :)

Brynn {chartreuse and a twist} said...

I swear...who needs to spend tons of $$$ on beauty products when you supply us with all of this amazing knowledge???!!! XO brynn

Meg {henninglove} said...

oh yes i need to make me some of this concoction for my skin, thanks for sharing lindsay!

lifeoverflowing said...

I just made this for the first time and had difficulty crushing the crystals. I have to admit I did my own twist by adding some rose hip oil since I have extremely dry skin, which may have coated the crystals. On damp skin, as I massaged it in, the crystals dissolved on my skin. Do you have thoughts on this? Next time I will have to try it without the oil. My skin does feel silky! - Deanna

Alisha said...

Thanks for the recipe, excited to try it out. Question though, did you use this when you were pregnant?

Tonia L said...

I love your skin care tips! Thanks!

Sandie said...

Wow! I need to make this and try it on my hands! Thank you for this little recipe of skin goodness. :)

Molly said...

I feel like one lucky girl that I just stumbled upon this site. I just had my first facial and was told that the dark splotchiness on one of my cheekbones was probably hormonal pigmentation. Of course they wanted to sell me a half an ounce bottle of vitamin C serum for $53. Yikes! I will be making this homemade serum this weekend. Thanks for the post!

Anonymous said...

Trying this today!! You are a life saver :) Do you know of any DIY everyday facial cleansers?

RebeccaGaskins said...

I made this today super excited to try it, but I am having a heck of a time getting the crystals to dissolve. I crush and crush and it just stays grainy. It also separates after sitting for a few minutes. Any suggestions?

Jenny said...

I'm having the same problem as Rebecca!

Anonymous said...

I used to use the Skinceuticals line that contained AHA and loved the difference it made but at that time got all their products for free, now I can't afford their prices. Never thought of making my own but will definitely try and will look for some alpha hydroxy acid to mix in. Thank you so much for posting.

Anonymous said...

I made this and love it thank you I am 68 and it works great

Tamara Bell said...

Very Cool!!!!
We're going to make this very shortly! Thanks!
Tamara
tamsgarden-howdoesourgardengrow.blogspot.com

Babli Shetty said...

my daughter left for US from India for further studies. she has been complaining about acne n its marks left behind.worried more so bec. winter is setting in n she is getting more tanned. also dandruff problem. any solution for this. tks babli.

Janene Laemmar said...

My sister and I tried making this, however we have had difficulty getting the crystals to dissolve. We bought our Vit C powder from Vitamin Cottage. We put some on our face and it was very grainy. Is there a specific brand we should try?

Also if we tried heating the product in the microwave would it destroy the benefits of the serum?

Thanks

Anonymous said...

I currently use a product with ester c, alpha lipoic acid, and dmae. For the last 3 yrs I have wanted to make my own and would like to use it all over. What I use now is too expensive to do that. Any thoughts or ideas? They would be greatly appreciated!

Unknown said...

I had the same problems with the grainy-ness and separation. I ended up putting a few drops in the middle of my palm and then mixing a couple drops of water in with my finger. The water helped with the grainy-ness and actually helped it go on smoother. But maybe I have the wrong brand too? I still don't know what to do about it separating...
But I'm still on board with this!

Lisa B said...

I just made a small batch and had issues with getting the crystals to dissolve. Anyone here who was successful in making a good batch, how long did you stir it for. I stirred for about ten or minutes, then added a coupe of drops of lavender oil into it and stirred some more. My best friend just had a baby last night and I'm making this batch for her to clear up all the spots she got when she was pregnant. I suppose I could stir for a lot longer but I Have to go to the hospital now and deliver it!!

Anonymous said...

To help the Vit C to dissolve easier, I suggest grinding it in a mortar with a pestle before adding & combining it with the glycerine:)

Kerligirl said...

I currently use a serum with vit c ester, ala, and dmae. Its actually for eyes but I use it on my whole face. I would love to make my own to use all over. Why do you buy one to use if you can make your own? Just wondering if the effect is the same.

Anonymous said...

I just made this and I also had a difficult time getting the vitamins C powder to dissolve. I tried microwaving it and that made it super runny. So now I have it sitting in the fridge to see if it will get back to a gel-like consistency.

Anonymous said...

Ok update to my above post, if you microwave this formula and then refridgerate it for just a couple of minutes, it will gel back up again. I microwaved and refridgerated it twice and it is a lot less grainier now, but not completely smooth.

Joyce Zachman said...

Lindsey, can you tell us how to crush the crystals? I'm having trouble too.

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Hi Ladies!

Sorry some of you are having trouble with getting the crystals to dissolve. My suggestion would be to add a tiny bit of distilled water (this will help them dissolve a little) and use a magic bullet or blender to really get everything blended. Hope that helps!

Joyce Zachman said...

Thanks!

Melanie said...

Ms. Lindsay, I'm having difficulty in finding vegetable glycerine here in my country is it okay to use pure glycerine instead? I am 53 and i have dark pigmentation on my face. I would really love to try your serum. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

my 2 cents:
- DO NOT MICROWAVE or expose to any kind of HEAT. Vitamin C is highly sensitive to heat - loses its power.
- Use a dark container like the one shown above and keep away from the light and heat.

will make this soon - thank you for the recipe and for all the tips and comments :)

Rose, Happy Home Decorating said...

ths for this great idea!

Uriel Rodriguez said...

I made this, it turned out too gritty, but I did liked the results on my skin, the whole day my skin had a nice glow and tone, loved it! Unfortunately, I tried some lime juice on my face and obtained better results, I had the same glow and tone on my skin the whole day and I didn't get the greasy feel from the glycerin. Sadly, I found this out after I spent money on the vitamin c powder and the glycerin.

Anonymous said...

PLEASE reply... I cannot get any information on this anywhere, and I am excited to try this but I have a very limited budget!

Can I use regular vitamin C tablets ground and dissolved? Also can I use regular glycerine in my pharmacy? is that not vegetarian?
Thank you.

Teresa

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

As long as no other ingredient is listed except Vit C that should be fine. It does need to be food grade veg glycerine. Hope that helps :)

Lori Cortez said...

Thank you for this Lindsey! Quick question: Am I buying the right vitamin C?

I bought "Truly Natural Vitamin C" made by healthforce nutritionals
100% Food Concentrate
naturally buffered
Ingredients acerola extract non GMO?
It never said L absorbic acid? :(

Thanks!

Lori Cortez said...
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Lori Cortez said...

And to add! :) My mixture is an amber, brown mixture...not white.

ReviewKaPreview said...

I love this thing!

Anonymous said...

Do you not you like the homemade vitamin c serum? I noticed you listed your brand, have you tried the homemade? My mom and I love it? Just wondering which was better, homemade or the one you use.

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Oh I love the homemade one! It is my go to serum when I am out of the one I listed above :)

Anonymous said...

Lindsay do you have any tip to close open facial pores? Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

My skin doesn't like glycerine as a leave on, so I make mine with just rose water and Vitamin C powder. It's more like a toner this way and not a serum, but it works beautifully for my skin. The point is to get the Vitamin C into your skin. A very common recipe calls for 1/2 glycerin and 1/2 distilled water for the carrier, although you can go all glycerin (like this one), or all distilled or rose water. If you use a mixture, add the Vitamin C powder to the water alone first. It's water soluble, so will dissolve in the water much easier. Then add the glycerin and it will mix up well and it won't be grainy.

totoang said...

After reading this post, I have all the ingrediants...except the serum bottle...does the serum bottle have to be dark colored? Why does it have to be?

Val said...

I've made this twice now. First time with grinding the powder in my blendtec blender. I recently bought a pestle & mortar so I used the vit C powder that I blended and used the mortar. Still grainy. I like the idea of using a but of distilled water. That will probably help.
@totoang I believe the colored bottle is to keep light away from the serum. I have castor oil in my bottle so the batch I made this morning went into a little container from The Container store. I'm gonna stop by Sprouts today to get another.

The Love Guru Blaire said...

Can I do this with VIT E instead? I tend to get red dry from VIT C. If so, what would be the benefits, etc? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

How would this be for a teen with CHRONIC acne on back, chest, face???

Anonymous said...

Anyone have the problem with separation? Once I made and put in bottle - all the vitamin c is at bottom and oil on top. And can't really get both with dropper!?
I did just as described And used exact ingredients?
Any help or suggestions? Thank you - so love your blog!!!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Anonymous- I would not recommend this for cystic acne. It might irritate it. I have worked extensively with cystic acne in the past and I know that each person responds differently to treatments. My best advice would be to make an appointment with an esthetician or dermatologist so they can "see" exactly what is going on and give you a better idea on what you can do to help heal the acne lesions.

Anonymous- Hmm! Try shaking it up! Hope that helps :)

Anonymous said...

i just paid $75 for a small bottle - thanks for this post!! & i agree - it's very effective.

Anonymous said...

forgot to add - my serum - that i purchased from the woman who does my eyebrows - had some orange oil or essence in it - next time i'll check the health food store for some.

Maria Teresa said...

You MUST have a cream with vitamin A in it if you are looking to bring the elasticity back to your skin, making it look and feel smooth. You also need Hyaluronic acid. Why? As we age, our body produces less and less of this important acid, affecting how moisture is stored in our skin. I use Lady Soma's Renewal Serum because it has both those ingredients in 1 serum, and its been getting me the results I have been looking for.

Fatima said...

Hello lovelies!

I need to state that Vitamin C is available in several forms and some work better than others. They include L-ascorbic acid, vitamin C ester, ascorbyl palmitate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate.

All forms, but especially L-ascorbic acid, are highly sensitive to degradation upon exposure to light and oxygen. Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate tends to have more stability than L-ascorbic acid. Topical vitamin C ester can deliver powerful antioxidant properties and helps build collagen fibers. And research has shown that both ascorbyl palmitate and ascorbyl glucoside can also benefit the skin. However, ascorbyl palmitate is thought to be less effective for collagen synthesis.

**If it does not come in airtight, opaque packaging, don't buy it!**

I use Devita 17% C-serum, which contain both Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate and L-ascorbic acid. It comes in a pump bottle, so it is not exposed to the air every time I use it. Although it's a dark glass bottle, I place it in my drawer so it is not exposed to light.

Anonymous said...

i used this formula to dissolve the crystals easily. Powder + water + glycerine.

Anonymous said...

I have been trying to make this successfully, but can't seem to get the grit out - I grind it with a mortar and pestel. Is the serum supposed to separate and lay on top of the 'gritty' mixture? This is what is happening with mine. I've also tried this with 1 tsp distilled water but like the full glycerin better. It is a little sticky

Anonymous said...

For those of you who aren't super experienced in the DIY realm and having problems mixing, try simply adding the powdered vitamin C to a facial product you already use, like toner or lotion. If mixing with water, use DISTILLED or purified water- tap water has minerals, chlorine etc that reacts to the C and it makes it STINK! It MUST be pure, pharmaceutical grade powdered vitamin C with no other ingredients, not pills, or it won't work! You can buy a bottle of L ascorbic acid from amazon.com- I have "Now" brand "Vitamin C crystals" I like to add mine to "Thayers" natural alcohol free toner, and to my favorite "Derma E" Vitamin A gel for a super boost of all the best anti-aging minerals. Mix small amounts at a time- vitamin C is ONLY GOOD when FRESH, and NOT exposed to light or heat! Store your products in a DARK, cool place like a medicine cabinet. You can mix small amounts and put in a clean reused brown glass dropper bottle, or buy a serum/lotion dispenser from "DIY Cosmetics" online.

Anonymous said...

For those of you who aren't super experienced in the DIY realm and having problems mixing, try simply adding the powdered vitamin C to a facial product you already use, like toner or lotion. If mixing with water, use DISTILLED or purified water- tap water has minerals, chlorine etc that reacts to the C and it makes it STINK! It MUST be pure, pharmaceutical grade powdered vitamin C with no other ingredients, not pills, or it won't work! You can buy a bottle of L ascorbic acid from amazon.com- I have "Now" brand "Vitamin C crystals" I like to add mine to "Thayers" natural alcohol free toner, and to my favorite "Derma E" Vitamin A gel for a super boost of all the best anti-aging minerals. Mix small amounts at a time- vitamin C is ONLY GOOD when FRESH, and NOT exposed to light or heat! Store your products in a DARK, cool place like a medicine cabinet. You can mix small amounts and put in a clean reused brown glass dropper bottle, or buy a serum/lotion dispenser from "DIY Cosmetics" online.

Anonymous said...

do you HAVE to use vegetable glycerin? or can you use coconut oil? i use coconut oil for everything! and i wonder how it would work if you just get some vitamin c tablets and grind them up?

Anonymous said...

I have a similar recipe. You mix rose water or distilled water with the vitamin C, then add the glycerine. Hopes this helps.

AW said...

Hi There,

I made this serum tonight but I cannot get it smooth - it is very gritty as I cannot get the ascorbic acid to completely dissolve. Do you have any tips?

Thanks!

renee kiernan said...

My Whole Foods store sells the little dark bottles, just an FYI for those in the States near a Whole Foods.

renee kiernan said...

My Whole Foods grocery store carries the dark serum bottles for under $3. Just a suggestion for those in the States near a Whole Foods. And thanks for recommending the Rose Water in a previous comment. I'm gonna try making it with Rose Water, instead of glycerin too - THANKS!

Patti Hurst said...

I just made some serum, and I forgot to grind the powder so mine was gritty too. I just put it in microwave for a few seconds, and it wasn't so gritty!
As for acne, tea tree oil is great for that! Spot treat it or mix with carrier oil, coconut works great! My teenager got the double whammy from both parents with the acne. And tea tree works, even on cysts. Hope that helps! I just wish I had that when I was a teenager!

Anonymous said...

You have to add water to this recipe, otherwise it's just going to stay gritty. I've been mixing lotions and potions my whole life, and vegetable glycerin is probably my favorite, go-to ingredient and I love the idea of the ascorbic acid powder to create a Vitamin C serum but there's no way it will dissolve in any way the powder. But, I started with bottled spring water and kept adding the Vitamin C powder until the water reached it's saturation point and would not dissolve any more of the powder. Then, once I had this clear solution, I added in the glycerin, probably about a 50/50 mix. You can experiment. It works great! I gave my 30 something daughter a bottle of it and she is raving about how bright looking and baby soft her skin has become in the last week of using it!!! And she has really sensitive skin and has a hard time finding products that don't irritate and cause breakouts, etc. Another reason to add water is that the glycerin is just too darn sticky on it's own. This is a great idea, though, one I had never thought of. I love it!!!!

Sheryl Lynn said...

I would add some lavender essential oil to this mixture. what if you dissolved the c in a small amount of natural witch hazel?

Anonymous said...

I definitely would like to try this. I see some people have a problem with crushing the crystals..would it help to maybe use a mortar & pestal to do this? What do you use to crush the crystals?

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

For those of you who are having trouble getting the crystals to dissolve, please see updated directions above.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if I could use aloe vera as a base rather than the glycerin, a little bit different consistency? The C powder is the active ingredient. I have used C powder and mixed with homemade 24 hour fermented yogurt (longer fermentation = more lactic acid) for a potent facial. Just keep the dog in the other room... :-)

Anonymous said...

I wonder if using a coffee bean grinder would help make it less grainy. It grinds my coffee beans into a really fine powder, I wonder if it would do the same to C powder, making it easier to dissolve.

Brigitte Holiday said...

Do you know what the concentration of the serum is?
A concentration of 15%-20% of L ascorbic acid is recommended.

Anonymous said...

I put my vit. c into a blender first and blend it into a fine powder. I do a whole jar at a time and it lasts forever.

Anonymous said...

I have a lot of brown spots on my arm and legs,
what can I use to lighten them...lr

Anonymous said...

Lemon juice will lighten dark spots.

Anonymous said...

I just made some of this and I too couldn't get the powder to dissolve enough to make a smooth paste... but it feels really good! If my skin can tolerate it i'll just scrub it in every night. I keep licking my lips too- hope I don't go too far and lick it from around my mouth because I need it there!
I have Palmer's cocoa butter for stretch marks for the rest of my body. Anybody use that here? What do you think of this stuff? I really need help because I've just started using a month's supply of raspberry ketone pills and my skin isn't 'tight' to start with so goodness knows how I'll look after this. If I hold the weight down for a few years perhaps my skin will adjust? Then I can find a way to fill out a little?

Anonymous said...

I am trying to buy this powder and they are saying that ascorbic acid is synthetic form and NOT good to use. We should get ORGANIC powder which is $25 for 120grams ... at health food store. I am trying to lighten the blemishes... you think its worth giving this a try?

cristina said...

hi.
can add vitamin E and
use castor oil instead of glycerin?thanks

Anonymous said...

Does Glycerin - 100% vegetable based makes ur skin darker?
Also - i got this vitamin C powder and when i MIX it it turn BROWN in color.
Am i doing this right> PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP>

enigmas said...

love this blog as always.

LucyoftheSix said...

I have heard L Ascorbic Acid is very unstable and looses potency easily once exposed to light. Anyone have any comments on how long this lasted?

Rashmi Shrestha said...

I bought l ascorbic acid powder online . I just take a pinch on this powder on my palm and mixture it with couple drops of tap water and mix it together , I then pat this on my skin . This is a most easiest way to use ur own serum and u don't have to worry if its been deoxidized. Or u can mix 1 table soon of l ascorbic acid with 4 table soon of water mix it well and keep this in a dark container and keep n in the fridge. U can use it for a week or so.

Anonymous said...

For those who do t know which product to use to make own vitamin c serum you néed L ascorbic acid powder , u can't not use vitamin c tablet and grind it and mix it in water , this is not the right way . So u can buy this L ascorbic acid online in eBay or amazon . All you need to do is mix it in water until. It completly dissolve and kee in a dark container . You have to make this serum every three to four days to get a fresh product .

Anonymous said...

I bought "Truly Natural Vitamin C" made by healthforce nutritionals
100% Food Concentrate
naturally buffered
Ingredients acerola extract non GMO?
It never said L absorbic acid? :( IS THAT OK? PLZ HELP

Anonymous said...

Since it the glycerin doesn't seem to be the major ingredient but merely a carrier, do you think fractionated coconut oil would be good? I have that one on hand and would love to make with what I already have.

Deb said...

You need not worry about a preservative as the glycerin IS a preservatives. Anyone making herbal tinctures often use glycerin instead of alcohol or vinegar to preserve and extract the properties of the herbs.

Shari said...

Are you sticking with your purchased product, or is this good enough for you to go with this mixture completely?

sosomoto said...

I got the Vit C powder (hope Solaray is okay) and Now Foods vegetable glycerine (BTW, glycerine works as an amazing body moisturizer booster when added in equal parts to moisturizer...never had such seriously soft silky skin, application lasts for like 6 or so hours). Thanks so much for the easy and effective serum recipe! Soooo much cheaper than Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu serum, which I love but costs a lot lot. Trying DIY serum NOW!!!

Anonymous said...

Can I buy the Vitamin C that are in tablets? I'll just crush it.

Anonymous said...

I just purchased 8ounces of
L-Ascorbic acid/Vitamin C online and it did not come in a dark package. The powder came in a clear plastic bag. Does the light degrade the powder? Or is it only important to keep out of sunlight in a dark jar AFTER it is mixed with the other ingredients? Also, I was going to mix with Hyaluronic acid instead of glycerine. Any thoughts or comments? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi there, Can someone tell me what the % of this DIY Vitamin C is? Is it 10%, 15% or 20%?

Anonymous said...

i cant seem to find the L-ascorbic acid. can i just use the regular ascorbic acid instead.

Anonymous said...

Do you know if you can use this around the eyes? Does it help with crows feet?

click here said...

Very good that you did not made it in tablets, tablets are bad! Every supplement and vitamin should be in liquid form!

Miss Mikin said...

I have been using DIY Vitamin C for several years...you really need to add some distilled water to the mix to get the grainy out! Use Half distilled water and half glycerine or Aloe. It really needs the water to dissolve well. Vitamin C is also fantastic when you mix with vitamin E.

Anonymous said...

I love the Lady Soma Renew Serum. I use it in the morning before putting on my make up and I feel it gives my face a nice finish and helps my make-up to last longer. I also apply it at night. It has a wonderful feel when you apply it to your face and it absorbs nicely - with no sticky or dry feeling. I have not noticed any negative effects on the condition of my skin, such as causing blemishes or redness. I generally have normal skin so don't usually have much of a problem anyway.

I highly recommend Lady Soma to 40 something women who are looking to combat those visible signs of aging that don't require more drastic or heavier measures to fight.

Anonymous said...

THE VITAMIN C FOUNDATION SELLS L-ABSORBIC C POWDER WHICH IS NON-GMO, NOT MADE FROM CORN, IS HYPOALLERGENIC AND NOT MADE IN CHINA. BOUGHT ONE A CONTAINER WITH 1 GRAM FOR $30 SOMETHING.

Anonymous said...

When applying the serum should I avoid the delicate skin around the eyes?

Quincy said...

I could definitely say that glycerine can give you the softness of your skin that you have been dreaming of. I loved it when I started using it.

Anonymous said...

I have never seen so much confusion in a single thread ever.....It is pretty simple people, You have to use L ascorbic powder, not vitamin C tablets....one teaspoon of L ascorbic powder to 2 teaspoons of distilled water, put in an amber bottle and apply instead of a toner and then use your regular moisturizer...This makes a 33% vit. c solution...it dissolves very easy..IF you MUST use the glycerin add it AFTER you mix the Lascorbic powder with the distlled water....I have been using this and making it for 5 years and it has brought my skin back to where it was 15 yrs ago, I am 57 and my skin looks no older than 40

Anonymous said...

Anonymous from 09/19/2013 at 6:10PM,
You need to get a life and RELAX. So what if there is a lot of confusion in a single thread over how to DIY vitamin C serum. Yay, congrats to you, you've been making the serum for 5 years...who cares. The rest of us are just trying to get the recipe and the concentrations correct. So...CALM DOWN! And I seriously doubt your 57 year old self looks 15 years younger. Have a great day now :)!!!

Anonymous said...

I am not getting rid of the "gritty" texture....maybe not mixing long enough? And my mixture separates. Another poster mention she mixes with distilled water 1st.....then adds the glycerin? Anyone else have gritty mixture?

Anonymous said...

I saw this post and tried a few of the above options. This is what works for me: At night, I mix approx.1 teaspoon of the Vitamin C with 1/8 cup water till disolved. It ends up looking like cloudy water, not a paste. I make it up once a week and just leave it in a cup in my bathroom. I just apply it to my face with my fingers. (I don't bother with the glycerin anymore). I then apply 1/2 pump of Hyaluronic Acid Serum from Reviva. This plumps up my skin. Since I've been doing this combination, I've gotten more compliments about my face than my entire life. I'm 52 with fair skin and I've been in the sun a lot. My friends are now all doing it with similar results. I hope this helps.

Jackie said...

wonder if heating in the microwave might help dissolve the crystals? I'm not keen on adding water.

Anonymous said...

---READ BEFORE POSTING THE SAME QUESTIONS PLEASE---
do NOT microwave or heat in anyway. you will ruin your vitamin c.
Add DISTILLED (NOT tap) water, MIX, and then the glycerin. glycerin will also extend the life of your formula but it is difficult to get the crystals to dissolve in just glycerin.
you can use NOW brand super vitamin c crystals. it's a good cheap option or there's another l-absorbic acid powder in a white jar on amazon that's about $8 for I think 1.8oz. you shouldn't have a texture problem with thar vitamin c.

this mixture should between transluscent to white. vitamin c serum does not last long at all. it will start to turn yellowish. you should throw it out and make a new one then. this will need to be done about every week so don't make too much at once.


it's worth mentioning this mixture is a little on the strong side at 33% (the formula is one third vitamin c) . a lot of people like to start at 15 or 10, but some even 5. adjust to what you can tolerate.

addressing the inquiries about adding other ingredients, I don't have an answer for each of them but my question is why? we're making vitamin c serum, not a vitamin c moisturizer. if you want to go ahead and put moisturizing ingredients on your skin then do it! why you want to mix it in the serum I don't understand. just apply your preferred moisturizer afterwards.

happy mixing.

Anonymous said...

Love this post & all the other skin care tips on your blog - Ive been pinning like crazy! Could you tell me where I could get a dark glass bottle as such to store it in? Also do I store this in the fridge or in my cabinet?

Thanks :)

Hari Hari said...

Can you do anything to prevent skin discoloration during pregnancy or after pregnancy ? Skin pigmentation changes usually disappear on their own after delivery . You can remove your fade skin easy way .Use stria fade that contain vitamin E and alpha hydroxy acids .Get instant solution in short time.

Shamiza Bacchus said...

This is awesome awesome...thank you for sharing, I will try this soon

ansari said...

I find glycerine makes the serum very sticky. I currently use the recipe from gorgeously green and her recipe only calls for 1 tsp of glycerine and I can hardly stand the stickiness from that
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Anonymous said...

Thank you anonymous from September 19. You are right there is too much confusion about the serum. It is actually very simple and my tip is - just keep it simple. Mix with water or glycerine or both. Don't add oils, instead use a moisturizer afterward and preferably wait a couple of minutes before applying your moisturizer on top. Vit C works better that way. Thanks again!
And to the poster who posted the mean reply right after that post: I want to say I think Anonymous September 19 has been helpful and patiently explaining to all and you have added nothing to this post but negativity.

Blue Arc en Ciel said...

Great post, I have been making this for a while now, its the best :)
I have a quick question. I have rosemary and lavender essential oils, could they be added to the serum in small quantities?
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Anonymous said...

I've heard that using a small amount of almond milk is great to make a paste, any ideas on this?

veronica valladares said...

I don't particularly love glycerin, could this be mixed with another oil. I typically have emu, coconut, almond, avocado,grapefruit seed, jojoba, apricot, rosehip and vit e oil on hand, do u think one of those would work?

Salima said...

Hiiii!!!! Can we apply it on under eyes!? And can it help to do disappear dark circles!!!!
Thank you so much for all this amazing recipies:))) kiss

Christin said...

Lindsey, is it ok to use this serum in the morning? I'm trying to consistently use my Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle treatment every night for the fine lines I'm seeing, so I don't want to use that and the vitamin C serum at night. Thanks for your advice!! :)

vitamin c serum said...

I've tried DIY but the DIY for me didn't last too long. It also got crusty really fast. I'll stick to my regular vitamin c serum as it doesn't do that and it gets rid of my wrinkles and age spots pretty fast.

Thomas Castro said...

Would you commend May Lindstrom's Youth Dew as night time oil? What sunblock do you use?

I'm not sure why Vitamin C is a big deal lol. It's just a vitamin! Kakadu rewards are not anything new, they are used in numerous beauty lines here in usa but there hasn't been this much fervor! I discovery glycerin makes the serum very adhesive. I currently use the recipe from magnificently green and her recipe only calls for 1 tsp. of glycerin and I can barely stand the adhesiveness from that
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Thomas Castro said...

This looks really thought-provoking. I don't need it because, inappropriately, I have very oily skin, but I contemplate it would be picture-perfect for my husband! hyaluronic acid serum

Anonymous said...

I love this serum. I have used the Obagi c serum and this is just as good if not better. It has eliminated many fine lines and softened some around eyes and mouth. Since it is so affordable I put on chest, hands, and arms where age can show. I have eliminated many other expensive products with this. Love the DIY tips. I do heat the distilled water and add to c to dissolve then add the glycerin. Love the microwave tip. Glad I found this site.

Anonymous said...

I love Vitamin C. This DIY serum will go great with my routine. I'm using Clarity Vitamin C Serum by Eu Natural (find it on Amazon) every other day and a DIY serum on the other days. My friends have been noticing my great skin!!

Suzanne Mendelson Ramirez said...

Lotion Crafters sells a great vitamin C it's the ultra refined it dissolves perfectly

Suzanne Mendelson Ramirez said...

Also when making my own vit c serum with hydraulic acid what's the best way to merge these two ingredients?

Anonymous said...

just made this! its was super grainy but i didnt have any distilled water on hand so i just put a drop or two onto my wet palms and rubbed it till the crystals dissolved and then massaged it onto my damp face. hope this would work equally well :)

Unknown said...

Sounds interesting but what about the fact that Vit C serum has to be in a pump bottle so that air doesn't destroy it's benefits? Apparently Vit C breaks down when it hits air. And the Ph has to be lower than 3.5 to penetrate the skin.

Every product I find that has ^ is very expensive unfortunately and you only get 1 ounce! The pharmaceutical grade is premium. I'm waiting for a company to realize they can sell more bottles at a reduced price. Not many women can afford $80-100 and up for 1 ounce of Vit C serum.

Anonymous said...

Ok so I need this to last long term! I am sick of making this and having it go bad in 2 weeks :( What preservative can I use to make this have a shelf life?????? I have searched everywhere and can't find anything! I don't want to keep spending $50 on the store bought stuff when I know I can make my own but just don't know what preservative to use! HELP!!!

Hizi Me said...

Awesome!

Anonymous said...

I bought a 100 % pure glycerin usp in the pharmacy, is this considered a vegetable glycerin?

Anonymous said...

IF it irritates ou could try sodium ascorbate instead - it's vitamin C but in non-acidic form.

Anonymous said...

It is amazing how many people don't read. So many comments about it being gritty. Please re read the post word for word. It really will help you

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