In my never-ending pursuit of products to “turn back the hands of time” on my face, I recently came across something very promising! I was reading an article about the benefits of Vitamin C that mentioned while taking Vitamin C orally is good for your health, applying it topically is great for your skin!
So I immediately decided I needed to try this and looked around for a suitable product. It didn’t take long before I realized I could easily make my own Vitamin C serum and even take it to the next level adding some essential oil!
How does Vitamin C help promote younger-looking skin?
Vitamin C plays a starring role in the production of collagen in our bodies. Collagen gives our skin elasticity and when it breaks down, wrinkles start to form. Increasing the Vitamin C in our skin promotes collagen production and counteracts wrinkles.
Vitamin C is also a great tool for combating those annoying age spots. Turns out it’s a power antioxidant that protects against and even repair UV damage, or age spots.
Who knew this humble vitamin we’ve been taking for our internal health could do so much for our outward well-being as well?!
DIY Vitamin C Serum With Rose
What you’ll need:
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin C powder
- 1 teaspoon hot water
- 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerine
- 5-6 drops Rose essential oil (optional)
- Dark glass bottle with dropper
Add 1 teaspoon of Vitamin C powder to a small bowl and add 1 teaspoon of very hot water. Stir until the powder is completely dissolved. It should be clear, not cloudy.
Add 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin, stir, then add 5-6 drops Rose essential oil and stir again.
Rose also contains high amounts of vitamin C, and is a natural astringent that helps tighten pores and restore suppleness. Unlike alcohol-based toners, rose leaves skin feeling smooth, not dried out.
Transfer to dark glass bottle, preferably with a dropper. All antioxidants, including vitamin C, will deteriorate in the presence of light and air.
Apply once a day, ideally in the morning to utilize some of the sun-protecting properties. If you experience some mild dryness or flaking use a little extra moisturizer. This serum is safe to combine with all your other skin care products.
You should begin to see results in 4 to 6 weeks with maximum benefits after 6 months. I am committed to giving it a 6 month try! I’ll be sure and report back. :-)
If you don’t want to make your own serum but still want to try the skin benefits of Vitamin C for yourself, there are lots of topical Vitamin C products that you can purchase…from serum to lotions. Look for products that contain between 3% and 10% of vitamin C and include the active ingredient ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid.