Whip up this homemade vitamin C serum for ultimate elasticity and youthful glow, all year long.
One of the most important moments in your skincare regimen is that point just after you cleanse. Your skin’s cells are open and ready to absorb whatever you topically apply. A simple moisturizer often is enough, but if you’re looking for something more therapeutic, apply a potent serum beforehand that doubles down on protection and anti-aging as well as helps make your moisturizer all the more effective. But don’t splurge on a serum that’ll cost you an arm and a leg. Instead, follow this recipe for a homemade vitamin C serum that is as easy to put together as it is pure and effective.
Vitamin C is crucial for skin health. Not only do the antioxidants fight free radicals and thus combat the effects of aging, it is also essential in collagen synthesis, which is crucial for keeping your skin looking young and supple. Collagen is found in all the body’s organs and tissues and helps to sustain tendons, skin, and cartilage, providing firmness and elasticity to skin. Studies also show that vitamin C may help prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)-induced photo-damage.
How to Use It
Apply a dime-sized amount of the vitamin C serum to your face after cleansing and toning and before moisturizing. Vitamin C may cause your skin to become more sensitive to the sun, so avoid applying it during your morning facial regimen while in the spring and summer months. Instead, use it at night before bed and be sure to wash your face well the next morning.
Refrigeration keeps the serum cool and allows it to have a two-week shelf life.
Vitamin C Serum Recipe
Whisk the vitamin C powder and water together in a small bowl. Once the vitamin C is completely dissolved, add in the aloe vera and vitamin E oil. Whisk until well combined.
Pour the serum into a small amber-tinted bottle, which will protect it from any sunlight, and store in the refrigerator when not in use.
Apply the serum to your skin after cleansing and prior to moisturizing, preferably at night.