I’ve wanted to make my own Vitamin C serum for years, but science has never really been my forte and the thought of ruining expensive ingredients or giving myself a rash didn’t appeal. However, after reading about Jen’s exploits over at MyFunnyValentine with DIY serums, I was encouraged to try some mixing for myself.
If you are unfamiliar with Vitamin C serum, let me briefly fill you in.
Vitamin C serum is one of the few areas of skincare that actually works and has proven scientific benefits. Vitamin C boosts collagen production, softens lines, refines skin texture, repairs sun damage, and helps to contol acne. I love it. The catch is that some cosmetic companies try to get away with very small amounts of Vitamin C in their product, as it’s an expensive ingredient. If you find yourself looking at a Vitamin C product and the percentage of Vitamin C is not boldly proclaimed on the bottle, be afraid. If they do put a decent amount of Vitamin C into their product (something hovering around 10% is a good benchmark), it’s usually incredibly expensive (Skinceuticals CE Ferulic, I’m looking at you). So you see, it’s a difficult situation.
There are two types of Vitamin C that you can use in a serum: L-Ascorbic Acid and Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate. L-Ascorbic Acid is most commonly used in Vitamin C serums, but it’s trickier to mix, more unstable, and can be irritating to the skin. Thus, even though Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is more expensive, it is very stable and non-irritating. That is why I chose to use it here.
From LotionCrafter.com I purchased:
I purchased the Jojoba Oil from my local pharmacy; it made a good ‘carrier oil’:
Below is a picture of my order of raw ingredients and tools from LotionCrafter.com. You can see that the Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is the most expensive ingredient, but everything else is quite inexpensive (except the shipping!):
The first order of business was to sterilise everything in boiling water:
Then I left everything to air-dry. Quite easy when it’s chilly and you have the heater on!
Below is the combination of ingredients I used. As you can see, it’s quite a simple recipe. You just mix everything together and stir it really well:
I used the funnel to pour part of the serum into the airless pump bottle, but the bottle started leaking! I had to pour everything back into the beaker:
The Jojoba Oil bottle came into its own, and I put most of the serum into that, and a smaller amount into a dropper bottle.
The finished product!
My DIY Vitamin C Serum works as well as any $200-a-bottle Vitamin C serum I’ve purchased. My skin looks clear, fresh, and smooth. I’m addicted! I certainly want to try my hand at other DIY recipes.
For other Vitamin C and DIY recipes check out Jen’s blog at MyFunnyValentine.
Edit: I still really like the Tetra form of vitamin c – it’s gentle and effective. You could probably cut back to 2ml of Covi-Ox in the recipe though and still get the preserving and skin benefits. Just fill in the gap with more oil
Also, I’ve gone off Jojoba Oil. After some research I found that it is actually a wax at room temperature, rather than an oil, which is why I found it would sit on my skin a little. I’ve since used this recipe with a number of oils I’ve purchased from Skin Essential Actives and Garden of Wisdom and prefer the results. For a brief rundown on oils, their heaviness/ lightness, and skin healing properties, see this page and this page at Point of Interest. Tetra will happily pair with any oil, it just depends what you prefer.
Lastly, after speaking to a few people, I’ve found that many people who have ordered airless pump bottles from LotionCrafter have also found that they leaked on the first use. I’ve since been using the airless pump bottles from Skin Essential Actives. They always work, and can easily be cleaned with a bottle brush and detergent.