Saturday, April 6, 2013

Make Your Own Vitamin C Anti Aging Serum

Who doesn't want dewy, youthful, glowing skin all year long?
I know I do. 

As I age I am finding that my skin feels dry, though I nourish it with lots of water and good moisturizers.
We live in an area full of wind, hot summer weather, and low I have a few things against my skin when I step outside.
But we have lots of glorious sunshine, which in small doses, is so good for you...even your skin!

In an effort to begin a new routine of toxic free skin care, I have been researching products....and my findings have been downright scary.
From sunscreen to moisturizers and common makeup on the market....all I find are products laden with heavy chemicals known to disrupt hormone levels, cause cancer, and promote other diseases.

Our skin is the largest organ in our body and why not tenderly nourish it with products that gently promote rejuvenation and healing.
Forget the products out there that cause damage and are filled with chemicals designed to lengthen shelf life.
There are just a handful of companies that truly do use fresh, organic, nourishing natural ingredients.
Anderson Family Farm happens to be one of my favorites!
Their long line of spectacular moisturizers and other beauty products are all natural and beautifully formulated.
Goat Milk Lotion - Pure - Click Image to Close
My favorite lotion...

I love that my skin feels like it just had a long, nutritious drink after using their products.
Everything is fresh and easily absorbed into your skin.
Did you know that the cosmetics industry is unregulated and many products are made from poorly tested chemicals?
Makers can use almost any ingredient they choose AND the FDA can't require safety tests or recall harmful products.

I found a high quality makeup company and feel like their line is quite possibly the best on the market.
I was introduced through a wonderful blog, Roost. 
RMS Beauty has a line of makeup that heals and nourishes the skin and is completely non toxic.
Slowly, I am ordering as the budget allows :). 

If you know me, you know that I am also a "do it your selfer", and of course, I love it when I can create something that has impeccable quality and is easy on the pocket book.

I am planning an upcoming post on homemade sunscreen.
There is a lot of controversy right now as to if you even need it, but we tend to have longer exposure to the sun and I feel like it is a good thing to have on hand. 
We have also generously increased our antioxidant levels and good Omega's....but I will talk more about that later.
Today I will share a most amazing serum that requires very few ingredients...some of which you may already have on hand.

It is quite easy to make and your skin will feel renewed and moisturized.
Wrinkles will fade and the serum is chock full of vitamins and antioxidants formulated in smaller molecules so that they can absorb deep into the skin.

Serums are designed to penetrate and treat various skin conditions, such as redness, dehydration or lack of firmness, wrinkles, dark spots or to brighten the skin.
They tend to also be a fairly expensive purchase!
Serums do not replace moisturizers, so you will want to keep a good moisturizer in your routine.
Rather, serums are designed to deliver rich nutrients deep into the skin because they are made from smaller molecules.
For the best results, apply this serum after cleansing and toning and then follow up with a moisturizer to seal it in and increase the potency.

The serum contains:

Vitamin C {L Ascorbic Acid}: 
Improves the appearance of skin by reducing fine lines and wrinkles and protects and lessens the effects of sunburns. 
It also protects the skin from free-radical attack, and prevents skin cell damage due to ultraviolet radiation. 
Once L-Ascorbic acid penetrates the skin, it stays there for up to 72 hours.
 This means that a properly formulated topical vitamin-C product can have a long lasting effect in the skin.
Fast acting, results can be seen in just a few days or weeks of use. 
Improvement in skin texture and skin tone is easily noticeable after several days of use. 
Depressed scars may take several months to be normalized.

Almond Oil: 
protects the skin from sun damage, relieves inflammation and irritation, rejuvenates and softens skin, reduces scarring.

Olive Oil: 
Rich in vitamin E, plumps and moisturizes skin, fights free radicals, calms irritations.

Geranium Essential Oil {Optional}: 
helps scars and other spots on skin to fade, facilitates blood circulation just below the skin surface, encourages regeneration of new cells, and tones up muscles and skin.

Lavender Essential Oil {optional}: 
antifungal and great for eczema added to chamomile, reduces wrinkles and scars, very soothing.

Vitamin C Anti Aging Serum

1/2 tsp L Ascorbic Acid {Buy HERE}
5 tsp. distilled water {this is important as the high oxygen content in tap water will cause the Vit. C to break down faster.} OR 5 tsp. rose water
3 tsp. almond oil {source}
1/2 tsp. olive oil
3 drops geranium essential oil 
3 drops lavender essential oil
2 oz. small dark dropper bottle {I bought mine HERE}
{You need a dark bottle as the light can cause the ascorbic acid to fade in potency.}

First mix the Vit. C crystals with the distilled water.
Stir frequently until completely dissolved. This may take up to 20 minutes, but you want to make sure you don't have a grainy mixture.
Also, do not heat the distilled water. Heat will cause the Vit. C to break down and you want the maximum effectiveness on your skin.

Add the rest of the ingredients and then stir until mixed well.

Carefully pour into your bottle and store for up to two weeks.
After that, the serum loses potency.
{ I used my cream container to pour.}

Ascorbic acid breaks down fast and you want it to be super fresh for maximum absorption.
Apply at night after cleansing and follow up with a moisturizer.
I love how this serum feels on my skin.
Instantly everything feels firm, yet moisture rich!
Best of all the ingredients are fresh, natural, and healing to the skin.

*Please note: it is wise to test a small area on your skin first. Some people are sensitive to ascorbic acid. This product has worked wonders on my skin, but you should always test a small area first!
I also give the bottle a little shake before applying.

Looking for more great recipes for skin HERE for a really good resource!




Jennifer said...

Thanks for the great tutorial and resources! Being in my 'late forties' now (can't believe it); I need to be more conscientious of my skin. We, too, live in the 'elements' with dry air and lots of wind. I LOVE the DIY recipes :)

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Unknown said...

Ju! I love this!! I was just thinking I needed to start doing a little more for my skin than just water and lotion every day!! I can't wait for the sunscreen post!!

Cheecher peacher

Ironstone and Pine said...

HI Julia! Am anxious to give this a try, I am on a mission to find good affordable skin products for my face now that i am in my 50's :) one question, you say to store if for a week, does that mean this lasts for only a week before you need to make a new batch, and also does it need to be kept refrigerated? thank you again, can't wait to try it!!

Nadine said...

Thank you for sharing your recipe for the serum, I look forward to giving it a try!


Julia said...

Ironstone and Pine...I am so excited about this, too! You can totally keep it at room temperature and I don't believe that keeping it in the refrigerator will extend the life of the serum. {I will check on that and let you know if I find different information.}

Yes, you will have to make it every one to two weeks. Companies add chemicals to extend shelf life, which are NOT good for your skin, so because we have no preservatives, fresh is the key factor. I think of it as food for my skin. Most food will go bad within a week or two also.

I have loved the serum and played around with the recipe quite a bit before coming up with the perfect feeling solution. Too much ascorbic acid tingled on my skin and then felt sticky....1/2 tsp. is just the right amount. You could use any carrier oil that is nourishing to the skin....apricot kernel oil, etc.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


kitblu said...

Well written and excellently explained. I pinned your post and will send a link to several friends. (I just hope they don't think I am dissing their skin!)

Christine said...

HI Julia

Great post and loving the Vitamin C serum. Anti aging is definitely in my thinking. We are heading into winter here in New Zealand and my skin can do with all the help it can get. Definitely going to give this a try.

Don't know if it's any interest but there is a lady here that makes a lot of home made chemical free products Looking forward to your sunscreen - being in the southern hemisphere the sun affect is very harsh for us.

Hope all is great with you and your family.

Julia said...

I am so excited about this! My girls and I have been talking about making our own safe and healthy skin care products! This is being added to the list! Thanks for all the great info!

Julia V

Anonymous said...

So excited to try this! Running to the store today to get all the goods.

You mentioned using a good mosturizer...any recos? I'm interested in a non-chemical/yucky mosturizer but don't know where to start.


Gumbo Lily said...

I am always interested in natural skin care products and DIY recipes for them. I'm 51 and so far, I'm noticing dry skin happens -- especially to those of us who live on the land and in the elements. Thank you for sharing this recipe.


Anonymous said...

Ok.... Bought all my ingredience do excited!!!!!!
Will pop back in a week for update <3

Chemist warehouse vip

India November said...

This is wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing with the world... Made my first batch last night and the skin test was ok, no irritation! Yey! First proper application tonight! Only thing is, my consistency is a bit, well, watery! Very hard to get it to emulsify, even for the short time to get it out of the bottle. Maybe a mixed it wrong, will see what happens next time. WIll any harm come from adding a little more oil?
Thanks again, this is a great website :)

Anonymous said...

But, you ladies do realize that L Ascorbic does not equal real vitamin C? They are not one in the same.

Having said that, regardless, if many people are getting good results from this concoction I will definitely ave to give it a try.

Here's an interesting read about Vitamin C:

Julia said...

India November...I shake the bottle before using it and I really think adding a little more oil is fine. Hope you enjoy the results!!


Anonymous said...

Hi Julia, thanks for the great post. I was wondering what other oil i could use to replace the almond oil, I am allergic to nuts.....should I just add more olive oil, or do you suggest something else?


Julia said...

Catalina, could add more olive oil or replace it with another nourishing oil like Apricot Kernel, Argan,or vitamin E!

Anonymous said...

My Vit C serum is a little thin. Not quite as thin as water. Is that the normal consistency?

Julia said... is a very light serum...but very moisturizing :). It sounds like yours turned out just right!


Andrea said...

In response to anonymous that posted the link to the real vitamin c website, here is a study to show that ascorbic acid does make an improvement.

Andrea said...

In response to anonymous that posted the link to the real vitamin c website, here is a study to show that ascorbic acid does make an improvement.

Julia said...

Thank you so much Andrea!


Lyn said...

I was just doing a little poking around on the internet and came across the oil-soluble variety of ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate, in veggie caps from Now Foods. I was thinking about dissolving the contents of a Vcap directly into the oil. Is there a reason that you went with the water-soluble vitamin C?

Anonymous said...

L-ascorbic acid is the only one that will penetrate the skin and must be at a pH of 3 or less to be effective. Do you know the pH of this recipe?

Anonymous said...

I'm 56, have age marks and scars, I just made my 4th batch of this and it's magic in a bottle. My skin looks better then it did 5 years ago. Thank you so much for sharing this.

Dermology anti aging cream said...

We all know how important vitamin C is for healthy skin. Along with vitamin C this anti aging serum is packed with full of anti aging ingredients. Thanks for sharing this wonderful anti wrinkle serum.

Unknown said...

I cannot get the Vitamin C to disolve, even after days it is still grity. I even put the crystals in a coffee bean grinder first. Can you help?

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