There are lots and lots of cosmetics out there and unfortunately many of them are made to have their “shelf life” as long as possible and are good for profits rather than for your skin.
So what do we do? One of the options is making our own stuff. Not only it is very fun but it also can be really easy. One of the easiest things I have made for myself was this incredibly effective Vitamin C serum. Vitamin C is known to help with antiaging by stimulating collagen synthesis which makes your skin more supple and elastic. It also neutralizes free radicals caused by harsh environments. It promotes rapid self-healing of UV damage which is also an amazing addition to the overall health of your skin. The idea that it is so simple and inexpensive to make it at your own kitchen without all those harsh elements and preservatives that are usually present in commercially sold vitamin C serum bottles can be mind blowing.
So to make your very own vitamin C serum you will need:
– 2 teaspoons of powdered Vitamin C – You can get just in any pharmacy or health food/supplement store. It is usually called the L-Ascorbic Acid;
– 2 teaspoons of Distilled water (you can buy it in pharmacies or you can make it at home – learn how;
– Vegetable Glycerin – you can also buy it in any pharmacy (I got mine at Boots);
– A dark glassed bottle.
In a mixing bowl or a measuring jug put 2 teaspoons of Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Ascid) powder. Then add 2 teaspoons of distilled water. Mix everything well as you want your Vitamin C powder to completely dissolve in the water before you add anything more to it. It may take a minute or two. Then you can add 2 teaspoons of vegetable glycerin to the mixture. Mix everything up again and carefully pour your serum into the dark glassed bottle.
Using your serum
After you have cleansed and toned morning and night, sprinkle some of the serum on your hands and spread it all over your face, neck and décolleté area and you’re pretty much done.
The serum lasts only 1-2 weeks so it’s always better to prepare smaller amounts of it. By the way, if you want you can also use coconut oil or Aloe Vera for oilier skin types or Vitamin E, Jojoba or Olive oil for drier skin types. You can also add some Grapefruit seed extract to your serum as it makes it easier for your skin to absorb Vitamin C. However when you are using any of the above additives simply try to maintain the same proportions of liquids (Oils and Aloe Vera gel are also counted as a liquid substances) and the powdered Vitamin C. By the way, adding Vitamin E prolongs the expiry of your serum.
One more thing: Using Vitamin C will make you more sensitive to the sun. You really need to be wearing at least 30 SPF sunscreen if you’re going to be outdoors much at all.