Can I make my own vitamin C serum?
That’s one of the questions I get asked more often. It’s easy to see why. Vitamin C is one of the workhorses of skincare. It does everything, from boosting collagen production to reducing hyperpigmentation and even enhancing sun protection. If you’re not using it, you’re missing out big time.
But vitamin C serums can be pretty pricey. Why splurge when you can just dissolve your crushed oral supplements in water? Or add some L-ascorbic acid, easily available online and in most health stores, to your moisturizer?
Because you are not a cosmetic chemist with your own lab. Vitamin C is one of the trickiest ingredients to formulate with. You can’t just add it to your cream, or make your own serum or toner, and expect it to work effectively and safely. Let’s see what happens when you try: