DIY Vitamin C Serum for Glowing Skin

This homemade vitamin C serum soothes your skin without any harsh chemicals. I use it every night for glowing skin.

DIY Vitamin C Serum for Glowing Skin | Real Food RN

After the birth of my third child, my skin changed. I noticed the color was not as even and spots were starting to pop up. I especially noticed it when looking back at older photos of myself. What’s a crunchy Mama to do? I could not justify spending the cold hard cash on those expensive lightening creams, nor did I want to use those harsh chemicals. So, I did some homework online and found some great skin serums. I experimented and came up with my own version that also soothes the skin. I use it every night and LOVE it. I hope you enjoy my DIY Vitamin C Serum too!

Why this is good for your skin:

  • Vitamin C:  It’s just all around great for your skin: “A significant body of scientific research supports the use of cosmeceuticals containing vitamin C. Cutaneous benefits include promoting collagen synthesis, photoprotection from ultraviolet A and B, lightening hyperpigmentation, and improvement of a variety of inflammatory dermatoses. Because of the diverse biologic effects of this compound, topical vitamin C has become a useful part of the dermatologist’s armamentarium” (source)
  • Glycerin: It is moisturiziung and has beneficial effects in the treatment of dry, scaly skin (source)
  • Aloe: The Aloe vera plant has been known and used for centuries for its health, beauty, medicinal and skin care properties (source)

Note: This is a recipe for a 10% serum, if you make it stronger, it can burn your skin. With regular use you can test making it stronger — but take it slow. Do your homework when you want to increase the strength!

DIY Vitamin C Serum for Glowing Skin | Real Food RN

Vitamin C Serum

As we get older, our skin changes. This homemade vitamin C serum soothes your skin without any harsh chemicals. I use it every night for glowing skin.



  1. Mix water, glycerine, and aloe in a small jar until combined.
  2. Add in the Vitamin C powder, cover the jar with a plastic lid and shake it until the Vitamin C is dissolved.
  3. Pour into a colored glass dropper bottle. It is important to use colored glass because Vitamin C oxidizes fast!
  4. This serum has a shorter shelf life than most cosmetics because the Vitamin C oxidizes in the water over time. So, make it pretty often. I find that I make it about every 1-2 weeks.


Note: You might find it tingles when applied, this is normal. If it burns, then make a weaker dilution or use it every other day.

I apply Vitamin C Serum to my face every morning when I wake up and every night before bed. It can be applied morning and night!

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P.S. If you don’t want to make your own face serums, I have also found a Vitamin C Serum for sale on Amazon that my crunchy friends rave about. 

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46 Replies to “DIY Vitamin C Serum for Glowing Skin”

  1. Great newsletter! I have essential oils but haven’t been using them lately. Signed up for your email class! Pinned the non-grain flours and vitamin C serum posts, too. Thanks for all the great info!

  2. I just placed my order for the coffee. I’ve been looking for a healthier coffee. I know how important mushrooms for good immune health. Thank you for the link.

      1. Can you explain how to choose the correct ascorbic acid powder, please?

        I would like to buy a much smaller amount. Not sure that I could use this large container full before it goes bad.

        Thank you in advance.

  3. Can you let me know where this serum falls in order with your other items? Do you do this with toner and your moisturizer? Or is this in place of one of those? Trying to figure out the order to use all these great recipes! 🙂

  4. I just made this tonight pretty excited about it! Should the texture feel like you’re putting on water to your face? Also how much do you normally use?

  5. I made this tonight super excited! I just wanted to know if the texture of it should feel like water? Also how much should I use?

  6. Could you make your own vitamin c powder out of organic orange and lemon peels for this recipe or would you recommend buying the vitamin c that you recommend?

  7. When I try to add the vit. C powder to another product the powder doesn’t melt completely making the serum gritty.

  8. Hi, I wanted to ask if you wanted to do a 20% solution of vitamin c what would the recipe be. Thank You.

      1. Hi, but what if I wanted to do the same recipe you have on here but in 20% instead of the 10% serum with the aloe and the glycerin. The recipe you have works great. I was just trying to make the same recipe but in 20%.

  9. Hi Kate. The only Aloe Vera I could get is 100% pure oil. Will this work? It doesn’t seem to mix all that well. Also, on the video, the amount you come up with seems a lot more than I ended up with. Are you using I tiny bottle or doubling the amount? Thanks…new to your blog but enjoy it.

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