There is no discovery without risks. After I suffered from The Uglies, my skin was left with lots of acne marks and my skin tone was more yellowish than ever. I was frustrated to the point of almost slipping back to my old, un-ecobeauty ways. Then I remembered the magic of fresh Vit C in brightening the skin.
Without thinking, I looked for the leftover sachets of Vit C powder in my DIY storage box and grabbed a jar of my favorite mask base, Manuka Honey. Without thinking, I mixed half a sachet of Vit C into a teaspoon of honey which I later realized to be way beyond the recommended 20% concentration of Vit C. I left the mask on for 20 minutes, washed it off, looked at myself in the mirror…. Woah! I saw my skin glowing for the first time in months!
Fresh Vit C is the Key
I probably used about 40% of Vit C, something which could have triggered allergic reactions on my skin. And Vit C isn’t supposed to be mixed with Manuka Honey, either, as Vit C doesn’t work too well with another active. But for some reason, the formulation worked positively on my skin–I don’t know how or why and I’m NOT suggesting you try this recipe. However, this little experiment and the idea behind MVO’s Vit C Supplement, gave me a light bulb moment. Why not mix fresh Vit C powder with my night serum instead?
Although I haven’t mixed a new batch of DIY Vit C Serum for half a year now, applying Vit C on the skin is still one of my top favorite natural beauty tips. Based from experience, Vit C has always been able to brighten my sallow skin tone and plump up my fine lines. But there is one big problem: Upon contact with water, Vit C oxidizes once exposed to air and light. Thankfully, this new DIY method also solves this problem.
How to Supercharge your Night Serum with Vit C Powder
The recipe is simple. You just need Vit C powder and a simple, water-based serum. Since Vit C can react negatively or be nullified by a lot of other ingredients (e.g. copper peptides, manuka honey, etc.), it’s highly recommended that you get a serum with very few ingredients in it. I use Garden of Wisdom’s Chockfull of Vitamins Serum because it contains Vit E which seems to supercharge Vit C.
- Mix a tiny bit of Vit C with a few drops of your serum. Start with a tiny sprinkle (see picture) for your first application. In 2-3 days intervals, build your way up until you find how much your skin can take without suffering from irritation.
- Make sure the Vit C is properly dissolved.
- Apply the serum on your entire face, even around your eyes if your skin can take it, and on your neck.
- Leave the serum on for 5 minutes then continue with the rest of your routine.
- Once you get the right percentage of Vit C for your skin, you can do this every 3-5 days.
Remember that the key to this recipe is the freshness of the Vit C so mix only as much amount as you can use in one application. NEVER use metallic tools in this recipe as they can react with the Vit C.
Unfortunately, I haven’t figured the “Golden Ratio”
The only downside to this recipe is that I haven’t figured an exact optimum amount of Vit C to use. Once, I used too much Vit C and it gave me a small pimple the next day although my skin was very bright-looking. On the next try, I used too little Vit C and didn’t see much glow. So it really boils down to experimentation. A tiny sprinkle is a good start but if you’ve got sensitive skin and have not used any acids (Vit C, Vit A, Glycolic, Mandelic, etc…) before, then take extra precautions.
Overall, consistent use of this serum 3 times a week and more often whenever I need an extra boost resulted to fairer-looking skin (around next day) with lesser fine lines (visible only after 1-2 weeks of use). During luckier days, my skin gets a healthy pinkish glow and it’s at least 60% thanks to this new addition to my skin care routine. Definitely a must try if you’re up for it!*Vit C referred to in this article is L-Ascorbic Acid, the type of Vit C so far proven to provide the most potent anti-aging results on the skin.