Homemade Vitamin C Serum


178 reviews

89% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$



Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

I buy the least expensive food grade 100% pure ascorbic acid (= vitamin-C) on any internet shop in as large amount possible without beeing to expensive to ship and not over VAT and import penalty.

I use it as a natural chemical peel every 3 - 4 weeks and it works wonder and needless to say not even near the expensive and invasive chemical peels in any other comercial businesses. (Synthetic vitamin-C is made from sugar and exactly the same molecule as naturally extracted vitamin-C). Start with about 5% until skin is used to the acidic solution. Now I am using about 1/3 ascorbic acid and 2/3 warm (NOT above 39 C° - 102° F to not oxidize the vitamin-C) mineral (steril) water to a total of 3 cl. I do not use glycerin for enhancing the peeling effect.

First I use a very hydrating/moisturizing serum and mask to maximize skin penetration. After washing it thoroughly of and pat dry skin i use a thick but not to broad brush to carefully apply it to my face and neck. (It stings like h*** if you lett any droplets run into your eyes of course).

To get the benefit without any downtime of the peeling as well as collagen stimulating effect you need to get the skin really acidic (whitch stings but is not painful). After the first very thin layer the ascorbic acid will crystalize on your skin when drying (about 2 mins). For each layer the crystals will able you to have a little more ascorbic acid on your brush. When my skin is almost completly white with tiny crystals I lay down and spray with sterile still mineral water several times each time my skin dryes over.

Blacheds gone and pores actually reduces in size after a couple of years with the benefit of a mild deep peeling (bye lines and wrinkles) and heavy collagen stimulating effect. Without glycerin no sticky feeling and max penetration. Use a calming moisturizer after without wiping the ascorbic acid of and a heavy cream or oil and do this before bedtime. Use SPF as usual in the morning.
Use your daily vitamin-C serum as usual for daily antioxidant if you like. Just remeber when your DIY serum turns yellow/orange and sticky the vitamin-C is oxidized and do nothing for your skin any more.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I formulate this to 15% and use all over face & decollete. Weirdly addicted to the smell now which often ends up on my hands and lingers there. This simple homemade mixture effectively removes my pores (well, you know, their appearance) and adds actual wattage (!) to my skin. Admittedly this becomes a matter of motivation to make everyday.

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.


Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Normal, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Silver, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Put a pearl size amount of C ascorbic powder on the palm of your hand,rub it in
until smooth then put 4 drops of your favourite serum, rub until dissolved and then
smooth it on you face and neck. You can do this every evening!
This way you don't have to worry about it going stale!
If you buy the C powder from a Health Food shop, put it in a blender to pulverise it first.
I buy mine online from Skinstitut vitamin C 100%. It's already smooth.
Sydney, Australia.

19 out of 19 people found this review helpful.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This has saved my skin. No other product has ever changed my skin. I have virtually no acne any more and my skin is incredibly soft. I buy vit c powder from Holland & Barrett (UK) as well as pure aloe vera gel, with pure organic rose water from another health shop. I use a dark brown 20ml dropper bottle and make a new solution every week and a half. I have been experimenting with the amounts of gel vs rose water and although I still don't get it right I am just about getting enough slip although it is still a bit watery. I apply twice a day- I just rub it into my skin after toning with the pure rose water. One word of caution: rinse your hands immediately, as the Vit C serum oxidises on skin and turned the skin between by fingers orange. I also apply sunscreened moisturiser in the day. I am planning to add Vit B which I found online to it in the future. I am on 10-15% Vit C because I still find it hard to measure out the correct amount due to the small hole - I really need to buy a small funnel, so I'd rather use less than go over 20%. I will never stop using this, it is so cheap! I also drink the Vit C: half a teaspoon in my drinking water with a straw.

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Other, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Black

Unfortunately, I don't think it works for me. I've tried mixing it with water (with various concentrations) and all I got was sticky sensation after it dries.. I put the solution in the spray bottle and spray it on my face after shower. Firstly it stung a bit, then I diluted it more. Stung less, but sticky I don't see improvement in forehead fine lines or clogged pores...

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Well nothing that hast been said before.
I just splash a tiny amount of powder in my left hand. I wet my right hand and throw some tap water on the powder ,I help it dissolve with my fingers and then I massage straight to my face.
I have very sensitive skin and Ive had no reaction.
Upon first application I can say this is one of the best things Ive ever used on my skin and trust me ive used A LOT of homemade stuff,coconut argan neeem...
This will become part of my arsenal it looks as if I have light make up on. better tone,obvious collagen boost,not shiny at all,lighter skin,seems to helo my rosacea and fade freckles.
It has taken 5 or 10 years off my face

13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Now moved up to 20%. Wished I just used it without the glycerin in the first place. It's taken me 4/weeks to realise this, now I have blackheads on my face because of it. The 20% tingles slightly, but just using it without the glycerin, my face feels less greasy and smooth.

15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.


Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I'm now up to 20% and seriously, where has this been all my life! Wish I had a penny for every buck I've spent on lotions and potions over the years.

Ultimately, I've settled on using Heritage Stores Rosewater & Glycerin as my liquid and that suits my mature, dry, sensitive skin the best.

Big tip is to cover the brown dropper bottle with a double layer of aluminium foil as close to the cape as you can, scrunch it tightly around neck of the bottle and secure the whole thing with a piece of scotch tape.

I find that extends the life of the serum. My bottle is now almost 3 weeks old with no hint of discoloration. I do not refrigerate.

17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.


Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

First off, my review is for DIY Vitamin C Serum with only 3 ingredients. I've only been using it for a few months and am really impressed with the difference it is making in my 60+ mature skin. My skin has gotten brighter and the fine lines are less noticable. I started off with the recipe for 5% vitamin C, and worked my was up to 10% and am now ready to make my first batch of 20%.

Second, I give credit to where I got the recipe. Uppiesbeads59 has a youtube channel that many of you may already be familiar with, but if not, I recommend you check it out. She is fantastic with sharing her knowledge and reserach on skincare products, their ingredients, makeup reviews, and demos. I've learned so much from her and enjoy her videos. Please look her up on youtube if you can. She has her recipe for 5%, 10% , 15%, and 20% vitamin C serum underneath the video (uppiesbeads59 vitamin C serum and a coconut scrub).

The three ingredients used are:
*Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), mine is ultrafine from "Making Cosmetics" (online)
*distilled water
*vegetable glycerine

You also can just make it with the powder and distilled water and eliminate the glycerine, but I like the added slip it gives.

She recommends you start out with the lowest (5%) and slowly increase up to 20%, and for that reason, I prefer you check out her site (video) for the amounts in each percentages.

This is a very affordable way to have Vitamin C serum and the results are great.

I keep mine in a 1oz. cobalt blue glass bottle with dropper and make a new batch every couple of weeks.

30 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

Age: 36-43

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

This is something that I really hoped would work and be effective. Commercially-produced vitamin C serums are horribly expensive!

Also, once you learn how unstable and short-lived even the best commercial formulas tend to be, this becomes an even more tempting solution. I mean, it makes sense to buy the ingredients yourself and then just whip up a fresh batch every few days or so, right? Plus, vitamin C is supposed to be one of the most beneficial anti-aging ingredients out there.

After reading so many positive reviews, I decided to try making some DIY vitamin C serum myself. I even ordered cosmetics-grade vitamin C powder online (from the vendor that's recommended in the Reddit recipe) as it's supposed to be much easier to dissolve. Bought some glycerin and distilled water as well, and also of course purchased an amber bottle to store the serum correctly.

Unfortunately, even using cosmetics-grade powder, it's actually really hard to get it to dissolve thoroughly. Like, really, really hard. I don't know how you people are doing it, but no matter how much I mixed things together and shook things about, the powder never once fully dissolved in the water but instead kind of drifted about in a little cloudsea of partially dissolved particles. Okay, then. I guess that'll have to do.

Still, I made sure to shake the bottle as hard as possible each time I deposited the solution onto my hands to apply to my face. While my skin is basically bulletproof and doesn't react to *anything* I throw at it, the exception turned out to be this stuff.

So far, I've made two separate batches of 15% solution. And also experienced, yes, two separate incidents where I ended up with major welts somewhere on my face (though most applications were fine). Not zits; just really inflamed areas, like getting bitten by a really mean and potent mosquito. Hurt like hell. My skin recovered quickly enough both times but still...I can't say for sure exactly what happened, but I'm guessing that the powder was more concentrated during the two times I had reactions even with all of my efforts to dissolve it.

I've used commercial vitamin C serums before with zero ill effects, so I don't think I'm particularly sensitive to the stuff; I just don't think that the DIY method is as safe as it's made out to be, at least for this particular ingredient. I also didn't see any skincare benefits, objectively-speaking, even when I didn't experience any reactions (which was the majority of the time).

So many positive reviews and I feel like a weird outlier, but I also can't help but wonder if people are hesitant to share less than stellar outcomes. For now, I'm not going to make it anymore, unless someone comes up with a truly bulletproof, safe and effective recipe (and by "effective", I mean I'm gonna need more science to back up the claims of effectiveness for the DIY version). Either that, or I'm just going to sit tight and wait for the Skinceuticals patent to expire, after which hopefully the market will be flooded with much cheaper commercial dupes.

NOTE: Someone suggested using boiling-hot water to dissolve the powder into the base; unfortunately, vitamin C is very temperature-sensitive and is destroyed by heat (and oxygen, and who knows what else, really).


EDIT 7.23.2015: I'm giving the homemade DIY thing one last shot. This time I mixed the powder (cosmetics-grade, remember! and extremely fine) with more distilled water, so a 10% solution overall. No glycerin in the mix in case that was an issue the first couple of times. So far so good in terms of not getting an acid burn; time will tell if this will actually be effective. So far no Vitamin C product has ever made much of a difference, but I have all the ingredients and materials so why not?

Slightly skeptical; cautiously optimistic. For this go 'round, I actually have a freckle thing that recently showed up on my cheek and will decide whether or not this is effective on the basis of whether or not it goes away. I still maintain an overall POV that this stuff isn't as easy or safe as it's made out to be and should be approached carefully and cautiously, but still. Said I wasn't gonna give it another go but here I am not learning my lesson, apparently. :/ Ha!

23 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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