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Have any of you Ladies ever made a DIY Vitamin C serum for your face?

Asked by Dsg (1406 points ) November 25th, 2012

I was looking at the cost of Vitamin C serums to purchase and they are ridiculously expensive! I found a DIY forum where people have actually made their own serum and I was thinking about giving it a try. Any advice would be greatly appreciated here. Thank you!

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Daisygurl What does it do for your skin? I’ll look into one for you.

Dsg's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe It helps prevent wrinkles from getting worse and makes your skin firmer and fresher looking. I’ve found some recipes, yet L-ascorbic acid aka vitamin c isn’t stable when preparing a serum. Don’t get me wrong, I know my skin won’t stay wrinkle-free forever. I can accept getting old gracefully. I just want a little help for now. Lol

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Okay, i’m going to be missing my lover for the next few days. Let me see what I can come up with for you. I have an inner child. He’s 12 to 14. He’s kept me young forever.

Dsg's avatar

I am 43 young. I believe that age is just a #. I too am young at heart and that will never age me.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I’ll look into it.

Dsg's avatar

thank you.

JLeslie's avatar

I haven’t ever made lotions or potions for my skin from scratch, but what I do know is back when I worked in the cosmetic industry, which was a while ago, the vitamin C stuff had a much shorter shelf life. Just something to consider. I’ll send the Q to our chemist cosmetics expert, maybe she knows more.

cazzie's avatar

I have never bothered with vit C as a topical preparation, but it is do-able. Two words: Kiwi Fruit.

Here is what my formulation dictionary basically says about ascorbic acid, AKA vitamin C.

“Form of vitamin C that has antioxidant properties (Sources: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 2002, number 505, pages 113–122; and Journal of Investigative Dermatology, February 2002, pages 372–379) and anticancer properties when taken orally (Source: Cancer Detection and Prevention, 2000, volume 24, number 6, pages 508–523). Ascorbic acid is difficult to stabilize in formulations (Source: International Journal of Pharmaceutics, October 1999, pages 233–241). Its acid component is a skin irritant.”

“Topical vitamin C must be in the form of L-ascorbic acid to be useful to the body and skin. L-ascobic acid is unstable and tends to break down rapidly, that’s why it is so difficult to produce for cosmetic preparations. Once it is in the skin L-ascorbic acid stimulates collagen synthesis, provides photoprotection, stays in the skin or up to 72 hours, and prevents UV immunosuppression.”

And, I found a source where they do have a list of natural compounds including, in its raw form, L-ascorbic acid. Problem is, if you want to start messing with a raw ingredient acids as strong as this for your skin, you need to have a pH meter or you could hurt yourself or somebody else.

Having quoted you all this, if you want to make a mask or skin treatment that will make L-ascorbic acid absorb into your skin, mash up some kiwi fruit and put on the area you want to treat. Patch test first. Mix with oatmeal or banana or avocado if the pure kiwi is too strong. It really is that simple.

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