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This Is The Cheap And Easy Way To Solve Your Skin Problems

Anti-Aging Serum

Vitamin C isn’t just for fighting off colds anymore! It’s quickly becoming a highly popular ingredient in skincare products, especially in formulas designed for aging skin.

But rather than shell out $80 or more for a high-end vitamin C serum, you can be kind to your skin and your budget by making your own version at home! And that’s exactly what I’ll be showing you how to do in today’s blog post! :-)

So to get started, let’s talk about what goes into this homemade vitamin C serum. What ingredients are we using, and what do they bring to the table in terms of benefits for our skin?

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Vitamin C Serum

What’s In This Serum?

➤ Vitamin C

Vitamin C (in the form of L-ascorbic acid) can help improve the appearance of aging skin in a variety of ways! It helps promote tissue healing and reduces hyperpigmentation, counters damage from UV exposure, and has a protective effect when combined with vitamin E.

Getting vitamin C powder to dissolve can be difficult, but making sure it’s super-fine can help! If you only have granules or a grainy vitamin C powder, use a coffee or spice grinder to get a finer grind.

➤ Vitamin E

In addition to working in tandem with vitamin C, vitamin E oil also helps heal and repair skin. And as an added bonus, it also extends the shelf-life of the serum!

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➤ Vegetable Glycerine

Vegetable glycerine adds moisturizing properties to the serum, and also extends its shelf-life.

Lemon Essential Oil

A little bit of lemon oil can go a long way towards brighter, clearer skin! But due to the photosensitive nature of this oil, you should only apply it (or anything that contains lemon oil) before bed, and never apply it before going outside.

➤ Baking Soda

Adding baking soda to this serum is an easy way to control the acidity of your final product. Aim to use at least a pinch of baking soda, and those with particularly sensitive skin (like me!) are encouraged to follow the pH testing instructions I’ve included below the recipe! :-)

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How To Make Your Own Vitamin C Serum


1 tsp vitamin C powder
4 tsp distilled water
1 tsp vegetable glycerine
1/4 tsp vitamin E oil
3 drops lemon essential oil
Pinch of baking soda*


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Add the vitamin C powder and distilled water to a small, dark-colored glass bottle. Replace the top and shake until fully combined. (This may take a while, but keep at it!)

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Next, add the vegetable glycerine and vitamin E oil, replace the top, and shake again to combine.

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Finally, add the lemon oil and a pinch of baking soda and shake to mix one last time.

Vitamin C Serum

How To Adjust Your Serum’s pH Level

Our skin has a pH level of about 5.5, which is slightly on the acidic end of the 1-14 scale. Products that are slightly more acidic than our skin can help promote cell turnover and keep skin bright and smooth.

That means that an ideal pH for this vitamin C serum would be somewhere between 3 and 4. You want it to be acidic enough to help slough away dead skin cells without stripping or irritating your skin.

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Vitamin C Serum

The easiest way to test and adjust the pH of your serum is to use pH indicator strips. My serum started at a solid 1 (or way too acidic) according to the strip, so I added a few pinches of baking soda until it read closer to 3.5. Easy!

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How To Use Your Vitamin C Serum

Always start with clean, dry skin. Shake the bottle well, then apply the serum evenly to your face and neck before bedtime. Store the remainder of the serum in your fridge for up to one week.

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This recipe makes enough serum to use every night for a week, so try to use it every night for the first week for the best results. If your skin tolerates it well, use it every other week or every week as needed.

Do you have a favorite DIY skincare product that you use regularly?

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  • The vitamin shoppe has a very inexpensive vitamin c cream which I keep in the refrigerator till I combine it with hyaluric (sp?) acid in a brown bottle. Same effect and not the problem with vitamin c powder dissolving.

  • I was wondering if you had changed the formula for this. I was looking at the original one. This one doesn’t have the Rose Essential oil. It’s no big deal . I was just wondering.

    • Hi Christy… When I repost something, as time goes by, I learn new things and may tweak recipes. It doesn’t mean that if you used an older recipe and like it, that you should change it… it’s just that I am learning new things and ideas all the time and love to share them.

      • That’s okay. Saves me from having to buy the Rose Essential oil. I already have the lemon. Just have to find a good source for the Vitamin C powder and get myself a dropper bottle.

  • I put the water and vitamin C in the microwave until it dissolved, it didn’t take more than a minute. Sorry for the hassle, let me know how it goes!

  • I don’t usually reply to blogs, but I wanted to comment that heat will destroy Vit C and make it useless. So using very hot water would be in your best interest. Room temp distiller water is what I use as well as lysosomal vit c powder(Lotion Crafters). Those 2 ingredients are excellent…no need to add glycerine or anything else. If you want to use it then 1/4 tsp is adequate.

    • I prefer rose oil over rose water because I like how concentrated this product is. If you wanted to make a more diluted spray or liquid, you definitely could!

      I’m loving it so far! It’s easy to apply and my skin is looking a bit more even :-)

  • Good info. I recently began using a mixture of Vitamin C serum combined with Hyaluronic Acid. I ordered both products from Piping Rock. Cost was minimal and it has made an amazing difference in my face. Can barely see the lines around my eyes now and my skin is so smooth and velvety…..I just love it. I am 68 and am getting comments like “you can’t be 68 years old, you look wonderful”. I’m lovin’ it ladies.

    I use 3 drops of Vit C to 3 drops of Hy Acid in my hand, mix and put on my face and neck. Great results.

  • Not all vit c powders are the same and especially in terms of effective shelf life (this vit c in the pic isn’t good for this or as effective). There’s plenty of good value, good ingredient serums available cheaply. Vit c serums are amazing, you’ll see results the next morning but given how quickly things can go off and that you need the right amount I think it’s just best to buy. Amazon do some good ones at very good prices (OZ & Instanaturals) both have lots of reviews to help you. Skin&Co Sicilian is fantastic as is Ole Henriksen but they’re both quite pricey.

    I think Vit C serum is a must have, and I’m all for doing things home made but I think this is worth doing properly and getting the Vit C element right.

  • Vitamin C is a very fragile. Even cutting an orange can destroy part of vitamin C. Certainly cooking and I am wondering whether putting hot water can destroy it too. Can cool water be used?

  • I was told to use this serum, (I’ve been using this for about a year now) at night before bed as once its applied to your face you should not be exposed to sunlight. I just made it part of my evening routine.

  • Glad to see you posted this. I just made my own Vit C serum and also Hyaluronic Acid serum and also added DMAE. I bet all of your fans would love too see a post on these DIYs.

  • Anytime you introduce water it needs to have a preservative. Otherwise you run the risk of bacteria and other things growing in it. You will not be able to detect them simply by smelling of looking at it.

      • The vitamin c powder (ascorbic &/or L-ascorbic acid ) acts as a preservative.

        “Citric acid and ascorbic acid are two similar substances that occur naturally in fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits such as lemons and limes. Both acids have nutritional benefits, and they’re commonly used in food manufacturing and as a preservative…”

      • No cause for alarm…While 50% of a mixture would have to be glycerin for it to act as a preservative (even though it is a humectant and draws in moisture), the Vitamin C powder (ascorbic &/or L-Ascorbic acid) IS, itself, a preservative as well as the antimicrobial and antibacterial properties of whatever EO’s you choose to add (Lavender, frankincense, Myrrh, etc).

        “Citric acid and ascorbic acid are two similar substances that occur naturally in fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits such as lemons and limes. Both acids have nutritional benefits, and they’re commonly used in food manufacturing and as preservatives…”

        BUT, if it bothers you, make smaller batches or refrigerate. It’s “shelf life” will vary depending on the area you live (humidity), germs in the air at time of mixing, purity of the water, etc, etc.

  • Just wondering if there might be another EO that would work well without being quite as expensive — and that I already have on hand! How about frankincense, ylang-ylang or something else?

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