DIY 10% Home-made Serum
Dissolve 1 tablet of Celin 500 mg (Vitamin C Tablet by GSK Pharma, strip of 8 tablets costs 9 bucks) in 5 ml (1 & 1/2 spoonful) of cold water. Mix well and apply on face using a cotton. Let it stay for 15 mins. Wash off.
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You can even be innovative and add any of the follwing
1. Use Rosewater as solvent instead of plain water
2. Add 2 drops glycerin to act as moisturizer as well as retard oxidation of Vitamin C.
3. Add few drops of Vitamin E (Puncture a capsule & add, or else add few drops of olive oil or wheatgerm oil)
Points to remember
1. Use as soon as made. Vitamin C degrades rapidly in air or heat exposure. Always prepare fresh for use.
2. DO A PATCH TEST!!! before applying to face, do a patch test on upper arm. Vitamin C is absorbed rapidly into skin, and washing will not remove it. It stays there for up to 3 days, so do a patch test for sensitivity so that you are not walking around with a pink/swollen/rash/acne face for 3 days.
3. The solutions STINGS! It will sting on application as it is acidic. It is expected to. It is a sign it is being absorbed & is working from within.
Just to re-cap here are some proven benefits of Vitamin C
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- Potent antioxidant, particularly in regard to protecting skin cells from UV-induced damage (we get exposed to UV generally through sunlight)
- Delays tumor formation after (animal) skin is exposed to extensive UV damage
- Reduces transepidermal water loss, thus strengthening skin's barrier response, increases moisture content and thereby hydration of the skin.
- Promotes collagen production and has the potential to thicken the dermis, and hence has anti-aging effects. It can combat the age linked destruction of collagen
- Reduces inflammation (I used this after a bad sun burn. It reduced the redness and also prevented tanning to a great extent)
- Ascorbic acid at levels of 5% and above has a positive effect on hyperpigmentation
- Improves the appearance of sun-damaged skin by strengthening skin's repair mechanisms
- Enhances the effectiveness of dermatologist-performed procedures such as peels and microdermabrasion