DIY Vitamin C Serum From Oranges

Many expensive cosmetic lines produce what they call a Vitamin C serum – a concentrated and usually hydrating formulation for the skin. With oranges and a few simple ingredients, you can bring the benefits of a Vitamin C serum to your skin right at home.

Why Vitamin C?

Vitamin C works in various ways that are beneficial to the skin. As yet, the research is ongoing, but some results suggest a number of benefits.

  • Vitamin C is an antioxidant. That means that it helps to protect cells from damaging free radicals, which can be caused by excessive sun exposure.
  • The body uses Vitamin C to promote the production of collagen, which keeps the skin elastic.
  • It is used by the body to help repair tissues.
  • Vitamin C may help to lighten areas of hyperpigmentation.
  • Some research even suggests it can slow the signs of aging.
  • One study suggests it can help reduce the look of surgical scars.

Eating citrus fruits and other good sources of Vitamin C is also important, but dermatologists say applying it topically to the skin via a serum makes it 20 times more potent. It’s also important to note that, to see results, you need to stick to the regimen for at least 12 weeks.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not combine this serum with a preparation that uses retinol or niainamide.

Step #1: Vitamin C Powder

1 orange, zest only

  • Using a sharp knife, cut the zest only – i.e. the colored part – of the skin from the orange.
  • Break it into small coin-sized pieces, and set them in a single layer on a large baking sheet.
  • Place the baking sheet in the oven at 150F for about 3 to 5 hours. The peel should be very dry and crisp.
  • Make them into a fine powder with a spice or coffee grinder.
  • You can store the powder in an airtight jar until you are ready to use it, or make a batch to have handy for not just serum but also orange and honey tea with a cup of warm water.

Step #2: Serum

1 tablespoon Vitamin C powder
2 tablespoons distilled water
1 tablespoon organic aloe vera gel
1 drop Vitamin E oil
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin

  • Combine the Vitamin C powder and distilled water first.
  • Add the organic aloe vera gel, and stir until dissolved.
  • Add the other ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  • You can adjust the consistency, adding more water to thin it, or more glycerin to thicken.
  • Apply your serum after cleansing.
  • Store in a cupboard away from the light in a cool temperature if possible.
  • The serum will store for up to 1 month.

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