To achieve and maintain beautiful and healthy skin, we need to dedicate some time for our skincare every day and be disciplined & persistent.
As we age, our skin tends to lose its shine and it is therefore important that we take the timely necessary steps to prevent further damage.
Skincare Routine – 5 Important Steps
When it comes to a skincare routine, the basic procedure comprises of 5 steps;
- Once a week scrubbing and
- Twice a week apply face packs.
And to upgrade your skincare game add face serums in it.
Face serums are an ‘IN’ thing in today’s time.
Face serum is a concentrated form of moisturizer with loads of benefits and better penetration ability.
Types of Face Serums
There are basically 2 types of face serum:
Oil-based face serums are suitable for dry weather and dry skin type, whereas water-based serums are suitable for combination to oily skin type.
Vitamin C water-based face serum
We all know how beneficial and crucial vitamin C is for our skin’s health and overall appearance.
Vitamin C possesses antioxidant properties which creates a protective shield against the harmful free radicals and slows down the signs of ageing and wrinkles.
Vitamin C also helps in the synthesis of collagen production which is necessary for the glow and to prevent wrinkles.
The high citrus content helps in drying out the acne and improves the overall look of our skin.
Also, vitamin C firms the skin and prevents sagging.
Nowadays, there are many vitamin C creams and serums available in the market. It is sometimes difficult to trust or choose the right one.
Why don’t you try this homemade vitamin C serum which is made up of all-natural ingredients and is an excellent amalgamation of all the ingredients that are extremely beneficial for our skin?
To make this vitamin C serum, the basic ingredients used are;
- Orange peels (You can either use fresh peels or dried ones)
- Lemon peels (Fresh or dried)
- Flax seeds (*To form a gel)
- Vitamin E tablets
And the below-mentioned ones are optional;
- Guava leaves (Fresh or dried)
- Lemon leaves (Fresh or dried)
- Freshly extracted aloe vera gel
- Orange or lemon essential oil (For the fragrance)
- Rosehip seed oil
- Aloe vera gel
Vitamin C Serum Method
- Take a stainless steel pot and fill almost half to ¾ with filtered water
- When the water comes to boiling point lower down the heat and add approx. 2 cups of orange peels
- 1 cup of lemon peels
- 3 to 4 guava leaves
- 3 to 4 lemon leaves
- and let it simmer on low heat.
Once these organic ingredients lose their colour:
- Add 1 tbsp of flax seeds and let it boil for another 5 to 10 minutes. (We are adding flax seeds to increase the viscosity of our face serum.)
- Stir and mix well. Keep stirring at certain intervals.
- After 5 to 10 minutes you will see the gel-forming.
- Switch off the flame and keep it aside to get completely cool down.
- Then strain the serum using a cheesecloth and a strainer.
- Squeeze out as much serum as possible.
- Now, add ¼ tsp of vitamin E and stir well.
- If you wish you can also add 10 to 12 drops of rosehip seed oil to it.
- In the end, add 10 to 12 drops of orange or lemon essential oil for the fragrance.
- Use a stirrer or a fork and whip this serum properly so that all the ingredients mix well.
Voila! Our homemade vitamin C face serum is ready!
If you wish you can also add freshly extracted aloe vera gel to it.
The ratio would be:
Per ¼ cup of this vitamin c serum take 1 tbsp of freshly extracted aloe vera gel.
Fill this serum in a tinted dropper bottle and store it either in the refrigerator or in a cool dark place.
The shelf life of this serum is upto 20-25 days without refrigerator (In a cold climate) and upto 3 months in the refrigerator.
Benefits of Vitamin C Serum Ingredients
- Orange peels contain a higher content of citric acid (Vitamin C) than the fruit.
- It is the best natural source for vitamin C.
- It makes our skin soft, smooth, firm, youthful and bright.
- Lemon peels are an amazing skin lightening agent.
- Plus the antibacterial and antiseptic properties of lemon peels protects our skin from infections.
- Lemon peels contain a lot more vitamin C and antioxidants than the lemon juice and can be very beneficial to treat hyperpigmented skin.
- Reduces age spot.
Contain a considerable good amount of vitamin C. It also possesses astringent properties which help in shrinking the large pores. It helps with skin tightening and toning.
Contain high levels of vitamin C and the antiseptic properties to protect our skin from skin infections. They visibly reduce the occurrence of pimples and pimple scars.
Flax seeds gel
Flax seeds gel contains a high level of omega 3 fatty acids which hydrate our skin at a deeper level and helps with the collagen boost. It also makes our skin brighter with regular use. Tightens our skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines.
Vitamin E is rich with antioxidants to protect our skin from environmental damages and heals the damage caused by the free radicals. It is the main repairing agent for our skin.
Rosehip seed oil
This one oil is our skin’s best friend as it contains all the necessary vitamins, minerals and fatty acids on which our skin thrives.
It is rich with vitamin C & A. Which both serves our skin for brightening, moisturizing, firming, fading scars and parenting wrinkles.
Orange/lemon essential oil
Provides a refreshing citrus fragrance to our face serum as well as they help to boost the skin benefits of these two citrus fruits.