Get rid of acne scars, blackheads, and say hello to soft, healthy, glowing skin with this simple recipe. This homemade vitamin C toner is the perfect treatment for uneven, sun damaged skin and the best part is, it’s effective, easy to make and inexpensive! You don’t need to wait for weeks to see results because you’ll notice them immediately.
Vitamin C is highly effective in fighting off the signs of skin aging and in getting rid of blackheads, whiteheads, blemishes, and acne scars.This is because it has the ability so stimulate and boost the production of collagen in our body. It’s actually present in all cosmetic and skin care products which presents a problem: it’s fickle, it oxidizes the moment it’s exposed to light or air, and it doesn’t last long once it’s added into creams, toners, serums, and other skin care products. To make the long story short, vitamin C loses its effectivity. Ergo, don’t trust what’s written on the label!
Since vitamin C is naturally unstable, cosmetic and skin care companies decided not to use it in their products. Instead, they went for vitamin A (retinoids), vitamin E, and other anti-aging ingredients that are expensive but not effective. Some companies tried to create recipes that to improve the stability of vitamin C but at the end of the day, purchasing these skin care products are more costly than making them in the comforts of your own home. The upside to making your own skin care products is you have total control over the potency of vitamin C when you mix it with other ingredients.
The important thing to remember when using vitamin C is that your skin must be able to adjust to it. At the end of the day, vitamin C is still an acid and if the toner’s potency is too low or too high, it can cause skin irritation. There’s no need to worry though, it doesn’t take rocket science to acclimatize your skin to vitamin C.
This recipe is perfect for those who are using vitamin C for the first time because it only has a potency of 5%. As your skin adjusts, you can gradually work your way up to a potency of 10%, 15%, and 20%. It is highly recommended that you stay at each potency level for two to three weeks before you move to the next one. If there are stinging sensations, go back to the lower potency level and wait for one week before moving back up. If you manage to reach 20%, you can stay there for as long as you want.
To make your own vitamin C toner, you will need the following:
- 100% Vitamin C powder (ascorbic acid)
- Green tea
- Distilled water
- Measuring spoon
- Mixing bowl
- Clean cotton ball
- Dark glass bottle
- Fill a cup with distilled water and place it inside the microwave oven. Wait for one minute and thirty seconds.
- Place a bag of green tea in the cup of hot water and wait for three to four minutes.
- Wait for the green tea to cool down before adding the vitamin C powder.
- To achieve a potency of 5%, blend nine teaspoons of green tea with half a teaspoon of vitamin C powder.
- Stir thoroughly for two minutes. Make sure that the vitamin C powder dissolves in the mixture.
If you want to move level up, take note of the following ratios:
- 10% potency: nine teaspoons of green tea and one teaspoon of vitamin C powder
- 15% potency: eight and a half teaspoons of green tea and one and a half teaspoons of vitamin C powder
- 20% potency: eight teaspoons of green tea and two teaspoons of vitamin C powder
Place the vitamin C mixture in an air-tight, blue or dark amber glass bottle to prevent light and air from reaching the toner. This is important if you want the toner to last for at least seven days. Place the bottle in a dark cabinet.
To apply the toner, use a clean cotton ball and dab it on the parts of your skin that are always exposed to the sun: neck, face, shoulders, and arms. You also have the option to put the vitamin C toner in an atomizer and just spray it all over your body. Leave it there for fifteen to twenty minutes. There’s no need to rinse it but if you feel icky or weird, you have the option to.
Green tea contains properties that help soothe inflamed skin, cure sun damage, and treat acne. An added bonus is that it smells great and it allows your body to relax. However, if it’s not available or if you think it’s expensive, you can skip it and just use distilled water for your toner. If ever you get bored with the toner, you can make a serum by adding some glycerin. You can do this by blending a teaspoon glycerin and a teaspoon of water.