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DIY Vitamin C Serum Recipe for Wrinkles and Age Spots!

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DIY Vitamin C Serum supports aging skin to keep it looking fresh. Vitamin C lightens dark spots and reduces fine lines and wrinkles!!

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You know the mantra, “Wish I knew then what I know now…”

That is exactly how I feel about my skin.

I wish I would have known that my chronic acne was just a sign of something that was off on the inside.  That there were natural options for treating it.

But instead I suffered for almost 2 decades and my skin now tells the story. The story of breakouts, scarring, and pre-mature aging, ughhh.

But luckily I now have an arsenal of natural options to improve my skin and start turning back some of those signs of aging.

And this is a new one I've just started using.

Vitamin C Serum!!

Learn why Vitamin C Serum is perfect as a DIY anti-aging skincare solution.

Why Use Vitamin C on your Face?

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a powerful antioxidant and a water-soluble vitamin that is great for the skin.

Regular use of Vitamin C helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, helps firm, evens out skin tone, and creates a brighter complexion.

Vitamin C also speeds up the healing process when used on sunburns, inflammations, and minor skin damage. The antioxidant-rich Vitamin C helps boost collagen production giving you a more youthful and healthier appearance. (source)

How to Choose a Vitamin C Serum

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There are many Vitamin C creams and serums that promise great results, but many creams have only a small amount of Vitamin C.

Not only that, they can contain other unfavorable ingredients like parabens and synthetic fragrance. These ingredients can wreak havoc on the body and should be avoided.

Choosing the right Vitamin C serum is no easy task as there are dozens to choose from.

There are several expensive brands sold at high-end department stores and then there are more affordable Vitamin C serums sold at local drugstores, so which Vitamin C serum do you choose?

How do you know which product will produce the best results, which has unnecessary toxins, and which brand skimps on Vitamin C?

Instead of spending hours researching these products, why not just make your own Vitamin C serum?

Why Not Make Your Own DIY Vitamin C Serum?

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A homemade Vitamin C serum is not only economical but will yield great results for your skin. Don’t put your skin in someone else’s hands when you can create your very own easily.

Vitamin C serum is more concentrated which means a little goes a long way. A couple of drops of Vitamin C serum massaged into your freshly washed skin every evening is all you need.

Using Vitamin C serum along with this Hyaluronic acid serum recipe in your skincare regimen will produce more noticeable results faster.

The moisture retaining properties of Hyaluronic acid along with the antioxidant properties of Vitamin C will help boost collagen production which makes them a powerful combo. (source)

How to Make Vitamin C Serum from Orange Peels?

The main ingredient of a Vitamin C Serum is well, Vitamin C. You can buy Vitamin C powder in any health food store or you could make your own.

All you need to make Vitamin C powder are Orange peels from 1 large Naval orange (organic preferred)

  • Break orange peels into dime size pieces and allow to air dry for at least 3 days or a faster method put in the oven or dehydrator at 150F for 2 hours.
  • When orange peels are thoroughly dry, pulverize them in a spice grinder until it becomes a fine powder.
  • Store in an airtight jar until ready for use.

So even if you know how to make homemade Vitamin C Serum with orange peels, is this really the best option?

Unfortunately there's really no way to know the quality or effectiveness of a homemade Vitamin C powder in skincare. 

You could go through all of the trouble of making your orange peel serum, and see no improvement in your skin.

Plus, will your homemade Vitamin C powder dissolve enough in water to make a smooth serum that soaks into your skin?

Vitamin C Options for your DIY Vitamin C Serum

There are actually multiple forms of Vitamin C for skincare recipes, each with their own pros and cons.

The biggest problem you run into incorporating Vitamin C into skincare recipes is stability. 

Vitamin C tends to discolor over time and lose its efficacy. 

For the Vitamin C Serum Recipe I am sharing today, we will be using Vitamin C, 3-Glyceryl Ascorbate. I purchased mine from Lotion Crafter.

Why Vitamin C, 3-Glyceryl Ascorbate?

Vitamin C, 3-Glyceryl Ascorbate is a Vitamin C derivative, but it is actually more stable than powder-derived alternatives.

It will not change color or degrade as quickly as other forms of Vitamin C.

Vitamin C, 3-Glyceryl Ascorbate Benefits:

  • Brightens the skin while acting as an anti-oxidant
  • Reduces melanin production to improve dark spots
  • Moisturizes the skin

This form of Vitamin C is in liquid form and is water soluble.

Xanthan Gum for Thickening Skincare Recipes

We will also be using Xanthan gum to help thicken our Vitamin C Serum. 

Xanthan gum is a natural gum polysaccharide that is made by fermenting sugar. 

It is very easy to work with to help modify the viscosity of your skincare recipes.

We will be dissolving the Xanthan gum in our glycerin and then adding it to our liquids.

Preservative for your DIY Vitamin C Serum

Because this Vitamin C Serum is water based, we will be adding a preservative.

I've chosen to use Geogard ECT as a broad spectrum preservative.

Geogard ECT meets both the COSMOS and ECOCERT standards and is effective on bacteria, yeast and molds.

This formula calls for .5 grams of Geogard ECT. I recommend purchasing a jewelry scale to accurately add preservatives to your formulations. I have included a conversion as well, if you don't have a jewelry scale.

You can add 1/16 tsp of the preservative Geogard ECT. If you don't have measuring spoons this small, you can find them on Amazon here.

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Vitamin C Serum

Yield: Around 2 oz

Vitamin C oxidizes easily and a darker container will slow oxidation.



  1. Combine your hydrosol, distilled water and Vitamin C, 3-Glyceryl Ascorbate in a glass beaker and set aside.
  2. Add Glycerin and Xanthan Gum to small beaker and mix well.
  3. Slowly incorporate the Glycerin and Xanthan Gum mixture to water and Vitamin C beaker mixing well to incorporate.
  4. Test pH of product to ensure it is between 3-8, add Preservative and mix well to combine.
  5. Test pH of finished product and adjust (if needed) to a skin friendly pH of around 5.
  6. Store in dark amber glass bottle away from direct sunlight


pH Tutorial: Check out our How to Test and Adjust the pH of Skincare Recipes post for more detailed instructions on pH testing and adjusting.

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Remember, this DIY Vitamin C Serum can be used along with this DIY Hyaluronic Acid Recipe for even better results.

Are you going to give this a try? Whether or not you make your own Vitamin C powder, I know you'll want to make the serum to take advantage of its anti-aging properties.

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Wednesday 20th of January 2021

You changed the recipe for this. I came back to make it again. I'm not a fan of the ingredients changes. Is Possible to get the original recipe for me?


Wednesday 20th of January 2021

It is wonderful serum

Gina M

Wednesday 20th of January 2021

Hi Mindy! Thank you for this recipe! I only have powdered vitamin C. How much should I add instead of the liquid one? Thanks!


Saturday 25th of July 2020

How long can we store this vitamin c serum and use mam?

Mindy Benkert

Friday 14th of August 2020

Up to 2 weeks when stored in the refrigerator. :)

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