Late night infomercials are full of different doctors selling their anti-aging skin serums and formulas. Although they may work great, they’re often too expensive for the average person to buy every month. In addition, there’s something else about these formulas they don’t tell you – the potency of the vitamins in them can be greatly diminished by the time you receive them. But you can get a high potency anti-aging skin treatment every week for far less cost by making your own simple formula at home. Let me show you how…
Vitamin C has long been known to boost skin health. It helps boost collagen production in the skin – something that young skin has plenty of. As you get older, your collagen stores start to break down and, as a result, your skin starts to sag and wrinkle. A few things that aggravate collagen breakdown throughout your body are vitamin C deficiency, lack of adequate protein and too high refined sugar intake.
Recently, a study out of the University of Texas’ Southwestern Medical Center revealed that collagen breakdown throughout your body can be responsible for a whole host of ailments. These include not only aging skin but pelvic prolapse and knee, hip, shoulder joint laxity.
Now, if you boost your vitamin C intake through diet, or supplement, and decrease/omit refined sugar intake, your skin will start to look better and younger. Yet, applying topical vitamin C to your skin can help your skin look better, younger faster.
Delivered directly to your skin, Vitamin C helps fade brown age spots fast as well as helps build collagen directly at the level of the dermis.
A study out of Tulane University, published in the journal Dermatology a few years back, revealed that applying vitamin C topically promoted collagen growth and protected skin from UV ray damage. It’s the reason why most popular – and expensive – anti-aging serums contain ascorbic acid – Vitamin C.
Yet, by the time you get that expensive serum home, it could have sat on the shelf for weeks and the potency of the Vitamin C greatly diminished. Vitamin C powder, once mixed in a liquid carrier, starts to degrade quickly.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could go to a doctor’s office, or a cosmetic retailer, and get a really fresh batch of anti-aging serum every week? Making fresh batches of serums for many patients/customers would be all-consuming and then they would cost even more than they do now. But, like most other things you can buy retail, you can make your own vitamin C-based anti-aging serum as well. Here’s how…
Making your own effective anti-aging serum is simple and very cost effective. All the ingredients you need can either be found at your local grocery store or a bulk vitamin retailer, or even online.
1. Ester-form Vitamin C powder, finely ground. Ester-form Vitamin C can be absorbed by your skin better because of its fatty molecule base. It is also less acidic and less irritating to your skin and helps fight oxidation (rancidity) of your mixture.
2. Vitamin E, 200 mg capsules.
3. Dark colored small 1-2 ounce size jar with twist-off lid. This is to store your batch in. The darker the container, the more protected from light damage your batch will be.
4. Plastic gloves.
5. Plastic measuring spoons.
6. Plastic mixing bowl.
Your choice of one of the following for the carrier base, measure 1/4 cup into your mixing bowl:
a. Clear aloe vera gel – comes in tubes or bottles at health food/vitamin retailers, gives a little more body and ease of application to your mixture.
b. Grapeseed oil – found at your local grocery store cooking oils section. Great skin absorption. Used for centuries as a beauty oil.
c. Olive oil – great moisturizing benefits, but can often create a greenish tinge on skin though.
d. Slightly softened coconut oil – great moisturizing benefits and can provide a firmer base to work with.
e. Commercially bought simple moisturizing facial cream – I put this last as my preference is to use all fresh, ingredients without chemical preservatives of commercial products, but I’ll leave this to you. You could also use an organically made moisturizing cream as well.
Note: Using grapeseed or olive oil, or any other pure oil of your choice, your mixture will be more of a fluid/ liquid than using aloe vera, coconut oil or commercial moisturizer.
1. First put down your carrier base, your choice of one of the above.
2. Then measure 1/2 teaspoon of the Ester Vitamin C powder and stir it completely into your base.
3. Then break open 2 vitamin E capsules and squeeze the oil into the mixture. Mix it completely into your base.
4. Make sure you mix all ingredients thoroughly to be sure there are no clumps of vitamin C powder.
5. Transfer the mixture into your dark jar and store in your refrigerator. Refrigeration helps thicken/harden the mixture and make it easier to apply to your skin in small amounts.
1. Apply the “serum” to your face at night, or before going to bed. Apply after you’ve washed your face with a mild cleanser like olive oil soap, oatmeal soap, Dove or Ivory soap. Don’t scrub your skin with a face cloth. Wait a few moments to let your skin air dry. If you’ve used an exfoliating scrub, wait a few hours later to apply the serum mixture to avoid possible irritation.
2. Apply a small amount of the mixture to start – about a dime to nickel size. Apply once a day to start.
3. Apply first to dark age spots and prominent wrinkles and rub in thoroughly. Avoid skin on your eyelids and very close around your eyes as it is much thinner and sensitive. You may experience a slight tingling sensation from the Vitamin C. The carrier oils, as well as the Vitamin E, in your batch should cancel out/diminish any irritation. But everyone’s skin is different and may react differently to topical Vitamin C.
Caution: If your skin starts burning and turning very red, wash off the mixture immediately.
You may not have mixed all the Vitamin C powder completely, or the batch may be too strong for your skin, or it may be interacting with something in your face wash product.
Let your skin calm down for a day or 2. Make a different mixture with 1/2 the amount of Ester Vitamin C and see if this feels better. If your skin starts to become too dry, cut down the frequency of use of your mixture to a few times a week rather than daily.
By applying this mixture topically to your skin, you should see a lightening and diminishment of dark age spots and a softening of wrinkles. To further help your skin regain a more youthful look watch your intake of refined sugar, alcohol (which gets metabolized as sugar), eat more high quality protein like turkey and chicken that help build collagen.
If you smoke – please quit! It robs Vitamin C and oxygen from your skin and promotes collagen breakdown and premature aging like nothing else.