Thursday, February 27, 2014

DIY Vitamin C Serum

A couple years ago I tried a sample of SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic. I LOVED it, but I didn't LOVE the price. So I did a little research online and found a ton of Do it yourself (DIY) recipes.

I finally took the time to actually make it and I wanted to share this amazing skin care serum with you. (I am not a skin care professional or a chemist!! I just love a good DIY cheap solution. So please use at your own risk and be very careful if you have sensitive skin).

I used this recipe..........Kassy's DIY Vit C Serum Recipe

Ferulic Acid helps with Sun damage and aging.

Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is also great for your skin!!

Vitamin C is critical for maintaining healthy skin. Aging skin naturally loses this nutrient over time.
There are all sorts of environmental factors cause skin to age prematurely. But, you can fight back by replenishing your skin’s vitamin C levels to help to fight and even reverse time’s effect on your face.

Wrinkles
 Vitamin C produces collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. As you age, collagen breaks down and wrinkles begin to form. Stabilizing your skin’s levels of vitamin C can help to counteract wrinkle formation by increasing collagen production.

Age Spots
You don’t need chemical peels and lasers to remove and prevent age spots – it turns out that vitamin C can have almost the same results! Age spots are sun damage, and vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. It’s not a replacement for sunscreen, but vitamin C protects against and may repair UV damage like discoloration and fine lines.

Your Anti-Aging Rx
Taking vitamin C through a supplement or food is beneficial to your health, but to specifically target signs of aging on your face, topical vitamin C is best. In fact, applying vitamin C to the skin can be 20 times more effective than taking it orally. Topical vitamin C is sold in a wide range of products from serum to lotions. Look for products that contain between 3% and 10% of vitamin C and include the active ingredient ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid. Pay extra attention to the packaging – all antioxidants, including vitamin C, are vulnerable to deterioration in the presence of air and light. Unless the product is in an airtight and opaque package, don’t buy it!
Apply topical vitamin C once a day, ideally after you’ve exfoliated in the morning to utilize vitamin C’s sun-protecting properties. For a super powerful anti-aging punch, combine vitamins C and E together.

Source- Dr Oz


Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is a potent antioxidant that intercepts free radicals from damaging the skin. It is used on clean dry skin once a day. Any other products may be applied over it and sunscreen is an absolute necessity to avoid UV damage.

I found Kassy's Recipe on a skincare talk forum, but it was a couple years ago and it looks like you have to be a member to access it now. So that's why I included he link above with Kassy's recipe.

****Don't use a metal spoon to mix- Vitamin C oxidizes with metal, so use plastic or glass instead.

I bought all my ingredients, mini shot glasses, PH strips, and plastic mixers from LotionCrafter online. (Except for the Vitamin E and Witch Hazel- You can buy those at most retailers).

 I bought the glass amber storage bottle on amazon. I purchased a 2 oz size, but I think the 1oz would work well too.


15% vitamin C + E + ferulic acid serum with Jojoba

1 tsp L-Ascorbic Acid

1 tsp Sea Kelp Bioferment

1 tsp Jojoba Oil

3 tsp Distilled water

1/4 tsp Ferulic Acid

1/4 tsp Vitamin E Oil (from capsules or bottle)

1/4 tsp ice cold Vodka or Witch Hazel

1) First dissolve the ferulic acid in the vodka in one shotglass. Mix.

2) Combine the SKB, vit E and jojoba oil in a second shotglass. Mix.

3) Quickly mix the L-ascorbic acid into the water in a third shotglass and combine with the other 2 shotglasses.

Store in a dark closed dropper bottle in a cool but not necessarily cold place.
Shake before using each time.

***Be sure that each phase is completely dissolved before combining all the phases together.*** Your serum should be a milky thin fluid, and it is normal to have an oily layer on top. Shake well before using each time to disperse the oil and water phases.

The pH of any L-ascorbic acid serum should be less than 3.5 in order to be absorbed by the skin. If your serum's pH rises above 3.5 or turns yellow or darkens, throw it away since it has oxidized and is no longer effective.
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Your skin may sting the first few times using this. If you are too sensitive to a 15% serum, use less L-ascorbic acid in your next batch until you adjust to it.
You will use the C serum in the morning along with your other products, but NOT with copper peptides as they cancel each other out.
Use Retin-A or retinols in the evening.


 L-Ascorbic Acid
 
 

Sea Kelp Bioferment



Jojoba Oil
 
 
Distilled water
 
 
Ferulic Acid
 

Vitamin E Oil
 
 
Vodka or Witch Hazel (I used witch hazel)
 
 
 
Step 1- First dissolve the ferulic acid in the vodka in one shotglass.
 
 
Mix (remember to use plastic or glass)
 
 
Step 2-  Combine the SKB, vit E and jojoba oil in a second shotglass. Mix.
 
 
 
Step 3- Quickly mix the L-ascorbic acid into the water in a third shotglass and combine with the other 2 shotglasses.




 
 
The pH of any L-ascorbic acid serum should be less than 3.5 in order to be absorbed by the skin. If your serum's pH rises above 3.5 or turns yellow or darkens, throw it away since it has oxidized and is no longer effective. 
 

All Done!!! Shake well before using each time to disperse the oil and water phases. Use in the morning under any lotion and/ or makeup. Will keep well for 1-2 weeks in a amber glass bottle stored in a dark cool place. You can store it in the fridge and it will last longer, you just have to remember to use it and not forgot about it. I keep it in my medicine cabinet :)

 
 

You can find some more DIY recipes HERE.

1 comment:

Jackie said...

I'm impressed to see that you kept the pH low; a lot of people forget that when making diy serums but it's very important if you want it to penetrate fully. Great job!