You’ve probably seen the commercials asking, “Want to look younger? Erase years from your face?” And of course they’re using beautiful, air-brushed models to promote a product that claims to eliminate wrinkles, age spots, and other flaws from mature faces.
Well, there may actually be something to those products. Serums, creams, and toners made with Vitamin C have been flooding the beauty market lately, claiming to take years off your face. But there are problems with the store-bought versions of Vitamin C skincare products that can be corrected by making your own at home.
Today we share a very simple DIY project that actually works and can save you tons of money!
Why Vitamin C?
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is said to have many anti-aging benefits for skin. It’s a potent anti-oxidant, is anti-inflammatory, and is very soothing for the skin. What does all this mean? Put simply, Vitamin C can improve skin elasticity, prevent fine lines by stimulating collagen production, protect skin from damaging sun rays, and have a lightening effect that helps fade age spots or sun spots.
Even if you get adequate amounts of Vitamin C in your diet, a topical application of Vitamin C is the best way to benefit your skin (source). This cinical study on the topical application of Vitamin C shows that solutions made with 5% Vitamin C (in the form of ascorbic acid) produced positive results on damaged skin after repeated use.
So does this mean that all those commercial products are worth the money? Not exactly.
Ascorbic acid is highly unstable and oxidizes within a few days when exposed to air, heat, or light. So don’t waste your money on an expensive product that may become ineffective after only a few days. The good news is, you can make your own product at home by mixing up small batches every few days to maximize the effects of the Vitamin C.
While making your own Vitamin C toner every few days may seem cumbersome, adding this homemade product to your skin care routine may help enhance the tone, texture, and brightness of your skin. And that makes it worth the effort, right?
Anti-Aging Vitamin C Toner
Ingredients & Supplies
- ½ oz. hydrosol – rose hydrosol is my favorite (find hydrosols here)
- about ¼ teaspoon l-ascorbic acid – this is a 10% concentration (find l-ascorbic acid here)
- 5 drops chamomile or lavender essential oil – optional for anti-inflammatory and soothing effects (find 100% pure essential oils here)
- several drops Vitamin E oil – optional for increased anti-oxidant effect (I use this non-GMO Vitamin E oil)
- 1 oz. dark glass bottle with fine mister (find dark glass bottles and spray tops here)
Add ascorbic acid to spice grinder and blend into a powder. (This prevents the finished toner from being gritty.) Combine all ingredients in a small amber or cobalt glass bottle. Cap tightly with spray top and shake well to combine. Store in a cool place and mix a new batch every 2-3 days for best results.
Use morning and night on a clean face before applying moisturizers or makeup. Shake vigorously before each use. With eyes and mouth closed, spray generously all over face and neck and allow to dry.
A Few Tips
You should mix up a new batch of toner every few days for maximum results. Vitamin C oxidizes quickly, so its effectiveness will diminish after a few days. Because Vitamin C oxidizes even faster when exposed to light, it’s also very important this toner be stored in a dark colored glass bottle.
Note: Some people are sensitive to ascorbic acid, so you may want to test the toner on a small area of skin before applying all over. (Apply to small area, wait 24 hours, then check for a reaction.)
Ever used a product containing Vitamin C? If so, what were your results?