How to Prepare Vitamin C Serum at Home

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Applying Vitamin C to your skin reverses aging and protects your skin from sunlight and other damaging pollutants and harsh chemicals. Vitamin C also stimulates the collagen within your skin, helping it appear healthier and more youthful. Instead of buying a store brand of Vitamin C serum, you can make it at home with three basic ingredients.

Things You'll Need

  • Non-clear, sealable container
  • 1 tsp. distilled water
  • 1 tsp. glycerin
  • 1 to 1.2 g ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
Using Vitamin C serum on your face protects it and reduces signs of aging.
Using Vitamin C serum on your face protects it and reduces signs of aging.

Step 1

Dissolve the ascorbic acid in 1 tbsp. of water. Vitamin C and ascorbic acid are virtually the same thing; the vitamin is one of the forms the acid can take. Use powdery ascorbic acid to ensure the texture of the serum turns out correctly. Mix the ascorbic acid in the water until it dissolves completely.

Dissolve vitamin C in 1 tbsp. of water.
Dissolve vitamin C in 1 tbsp. of water.

Step 2

Add 1 tsp. of glycerin to the serum and mix until completely blended.

Add 1 tsp of glycerin to the serum. Many soaps are made of glycerin.
Add 1 tsp of glycerin to the serum. Many soaps are made of glycerin.

Step 3

Place the serum in a colored, sealable jar and store in a cool, dry space like your refrigerator. This ensures that the serum does not oxidize and become less effective.

Put your serum in a sealed jar and store in your refrigerator.
Put your serum in a sealed jar and store in your refrigerator.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Using a non-clear container keeps light from reaching the serum. If light reaches the serum, it will oxidize and become ineffective.
  • If the concentration level of the serum bothers your skin, make it again with less ascorbic acid. Once your skin becomes accustomed to it, you can increase the concentration level slowly.
  • If your skin begins tingling after application of the serum, wash it off immediately.

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