DIY Vitamin C Serum: Does it really work?

Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C is a popular component added to skin care products because it has a number of benefits. It’s anti-aging as well as anti-bacterial and it gives your skin that natural looking glow, making it fairer and more radiant. Who wouldn’t want that, right?

The problem is, most skin care products that have vitamin C in them tend to be more on the expensive side. As an alternative, many opt to do a DIY version of their favorite vitamin C induced skin care product. In fact, a lot of beauty gurus teach how to make your very own vitamin C serum.

If you Google, DIY vitamin C serum, you’ll get a whole lot of results from that. The main question, however, is if it’s really going to be effective and will it be safe for us to use.

Hear it from an expert

Dr. Niel Schultz from sheds some light on the situation. Check out the video and get a straight answer from a medical professional.


Crystallized vitamin C, found in tablets or pills, if mixed with just water, may not produce the results that you want since the vitamin C will not be absorbed on your skin properly. You would need a binding agent like glycerin to make it work.

Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C Serum


  • The solution, in theory, can produce a working vitamin C serum.
  • It’s a cheaper alternative.
  • You can easily make it.
  • You can customize your formulation according to your preferences. For example, you can add a few more ingredients like licorice extract.


  • What you’ll be getting is water soluble vitamin C which doesn’t penetrate the lipid membrane of skin cells very well.
  • There’s a chance for your skin to get irritated (this will depend on your skin’s sensitivity and the amount of vitamin C it can take).
  • You’d have to be accurate with your measurements so your skin gets the right dose (this is especially important if you’re planning to use the serum on a daily basis).

A few things to remember

If you do decide to DIY your vitamin C serum, here are a few things that you need to remember:

DIY Vitamin C Serum
DIY Vitamin C Serum

1. Be accurate with your measurements. This especially applies if you’re attempting to customize the formula by adding in other relevant extracts.

2. Find a recipe that has a lot of positive feedback. There are a lot of recipes online and most of them are actually the same. You’ll be able to get a peek of its efficacy through other vitamin C serum DIY-ers.

3. Don’t make a whole lot of serum on your first try. Make small amounts of it since you still have to do skin testing. Another reason is that vitamin C tends to change in color when it oxidizes (or goes bad, as most gurus say) so it’s better to make it fresh.

4. As mentioned on number 3 (and in the video), vitamin C will change its color once it oxidizes so the best thing to do would be to choose an air-sealed container that’s opaque (to avoid sun exposure).

Done it before?

We would love to hear your feedback if you’ve done any type of DIY vitamin C serum. What’s your recipe? Did it work for you? Feel free to comment below.