It is, of course, amazing that it happens. First, buy and buy a finished product, and then it turns out that almost the same can be done with your own hands. And it will often be no worse, and sometimes even better than the purchase option. And although often homemade remedies (in my case – an elixir for the mouth and toothpaste)are made out of curiosity or pleasure, then, when it comes to serum with vitamin C, there are two strong reasons to think about DIY seriously.
The first and main reason is the extremely high instability of the basic form of vitamin C (ascorbic acid). I personally remember how my serum with vitamin C from Skinceuticals gradually darkened over time. This is the fate of all water-based remedies that contain this form of vitamin C. For good, the shelf life of such serum is one week, a maximum of two. But with what time to count if you never know the exact date of manufacture of the product? And if you knew how it is even possible that the cycle from the moment of manufacture to full use was two weeks? That’s why manufacturers are struggling to create more stable formulas that allow to preserve and extend the product’s shelf life, and therefore all the beneficial properties of vitamin C.
The second reason is the cost of the finished product. This, in fact, is not quite the reason, but when comparing the cost of the purchase serum and the cost of homemade little arguments remain in favor of the finished tool. A DIY serum will cost ten, twenty times cheaper than a purchase, which is significant.
Serum with vitamin C
The most popular product with vitamin C is water-based serum. Unlike oil formulas with a fat-soluble form of vitamin C, this serum is most quickly absorbed and penetrates the deeper layers of the skin. Skinceuticals with vitamin C, which are almost a classic of the genre, are just water-based. It turns out that there is an opportunity to make a similar serum at home. This option will be no less effective than the purchase versions, and most importantly – the remedy will always be fresh and vitamin C highly active. And for such a serum, you need only three components.
Ingredients for a serum with vitamin C (all taken in equal proportions, for example, 2 teaspoons):
(1) ascorbic acid powder L-ascorbic acid
(2) vegetable glycerin (can be replaced with aloe vera gel)
(3) distilled water or hydrolate
(4) glass container of dark glass
The algorithm here is this: water and ascorbic acid are first combined because acid crystals must dissolve completely in water. Next, you can stir with a spatula of plastic or glass, but not from metal, to promote oxidation. After that, vegetable glycerin is added. Everything is well mixed. Then this colorless and completely transparent mixture is poured into a container. That’s it. The serum is ready. It is best to store it in the fridge to prolong the freshness of the composition. It is best to cook such a quantity that was enough for one week of use. You should never use a product if the color has changed a bit!
There are a lot of videos on YouTube about how to make a serum with vitamin C. I first learned about this possibility from Sophie Uliano a couple of years ago. Sophie, I trust me, she is very nice to me, and then she is green, even Gorgeously Green. That’s what one of the books she wrote is called. In her first video about the serum with vitamin C, Sophie mixes the ingredients with a metal spoon. Of course, you don’t have to do that. In addition, in her recipe, ascorbic acid is mixed in half with the powder of Kamu-Kamu berries. This is an interesting option, but it will be a little lower.
Later, Sophie shoots a new video about serum with vitamin C, where she offers as an alternative to replace plant glycerin with aloe vera gel. Also, from ready-made means, she praises the Mad Hippie serum I mentioned.
And finally, a few months later, Sophie posts another video on the same topic, handy. Here she, as before, is absolutely passionate about the use of vitamin C in her care. The use of ascorbic acid is suggested together with face cream (water-based), mixing a pinch of powder with cream (it seems Sophie cream Odacite) right before applying it on the face. Thus, you can use a face cream every day, a fresh portion of vitamin C.
By the way, glycerin or aloe is an optional ingredient. It doesn’t make much sense to add it, it’s mostly used for texture to make the product more like a serum, but some believe that the product is better absorbed with glycerin.
The store where Sophie buys her ascorbic acid is called Making Cosmetics. They made their own tutorial on how to make vitamin C products.
If the powder can be mixed with cream, I believe that it is possible to mix every time in the palm of your hand and with the tonic. This, too, should be a good option, but not for every day.
Where to buy L-ascorbic acid?
It turns out that synthetic vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid, which is used by Skinceuticals and many other manufacturers, can be safely bought. And it costs this ascorbic acid quite inexpensively; I would even say cheap. There are quite a lot of shops on the Internet that sell products for making cosmetics.
:: I like the Skinactivesstore the most. They sell ascorbic acid in containers for 30 grams. One thing costs $5.50 (what a delight!). But there is no delivery to Russia. Their store can be found on eBay, where you can buy products with relatively inexpensive shipping to Russia ($12.50).
:: The Lotioncrafter store offers different amounts of ascorbic acid to choose from. The larger the volume, the more profitable the cost becomes. For 224 grams of acid, you have to pay about $30. It will be enough for a very long time. Here the powder of fine grinding so quickly dissolves in water. There is delivery to Russia, but expensive ($18.20).
.:: The lowest sizzling weight and also a quality product offers the bulkactivesstore. The volume is offered one (30 g), which costs $6.50. The purchase will be delivered to Russia for only $5.25.
:: IHerb also has options. The best of the presented in this store, probably NutriBiotic Ascorbic Acid Crystalline Powder. It’s a pharmaceutical-grade, like no GMOs. Not all manufacturers indicate such information. The only thing about this powder I read about is that it’s not the thinnest. There are small crystals that will have to try to dissolve in water. Or pre-grind in a coffee grinder. This is a profitable option (in terms of $3.2 per 100 g).
Natural sources of vitamin C
In principle, I am not confused by the fact that L-ascorbic acid is a synthesized vitamin C. Therefore, I am ready to try this option. But first, I decided to try a completely natural way, when the remedy with vitamin C is made of Kamu-Kamu powder. In addition, it can be used inside. Some write that Kamu-Kamu dissolves poorly in water, and some say that this powder dissolves even better than ascorbic acid.
Kamu-Kamu berry is an outstanding superfood, extremely rich in vitamin C.. Although Sophie says that kamu-kamu is the richest source of this vitamin on earth, I will correct it a little: the richest vitamin C content product today is the plum cockatoo (Kakadu plum) or binge. This Australian fruit is slightly superior to Kamu-Kamu in vitamin C concentration. But I bought a kama-kama, and now I’m waiting for the package. I will try to make a serum, add it to the tonic, prepare a mask. Let’s see what happens best.
The purest and organic Kamu kamu powder is the Navitas Naturals product, like Sophie in the video. There are several alternatives suitable for making vitamin C products.
.: HealthForce Nutritionals Truly Natural Vitamin C. Acerola is also extremely rich in vitamin C.
.:: Whole World Botanicals Royal Camu Powder. Higher cost compared to Navitas Naturals.
:: Madre Labs Madre-C Whole-Food Vitamin C Complex, containing several sources of natural vitamin C: acerola berries, rosehip, Kamu-Kamu, Indian gooseberry.
All remedies are excellent antioxidant complexes and contain a high concentration of natural vitamin C. However, it should be noted that the last three products contain the supplement maltodextrin, which is made from starch and is a thickener.
DIY is such a thing where there can be many different variations for ingredients and concentration. There are recipes in which vitamin E and ferulic acid are added to the above ingredients to enhance the action. It happens that vitamin C is mixed with extracts of green, white and red tea. And someone grinds dried orange peels and uses this powder as care for the face and body. But I don’t want to complicate anything yet; I will move gradually. First, wait for the parcel with Kamu-Kamu and will experiment while without glycerin and aloe.
I wish everyone to be actively anti oxidized, both inside and out!
With powdered forms of vitamin C, there are nuances that I talk about here. If you decide to do serum with vitamin C yourself, I recommend reading new information. It is important.