DIY: Best Vitamin C Serum Recipe For Face

Few months back, one of my relatives presented me a face serum kit. It had 2 beautiful bottles, one contained vitamin c serum and the other contained a liquid face moisturizer that was also vitamin c based. As I have never used serums before, I didn’t bother opening the package. One fine day, when I was cleaning up my cupboard, the package popped out. As the bottles looked quite cute, I just opened one of the bottles to take a sniff and my god, it smelt so good. I ended up using the the entire bottle and my face felt very refreshed, when I was using the serum. After I finished the bottle, I wanted to make my own homemade vitamin c serum, as vitamin c serums are quite expensive.

Homemade Vitamin C Serum:

The problem with vitamin c serums is it oxidizes very quickly. When you make it at home you have an advantage, you can make really small batches, finish it off and then make it again fresh. Contrary to what many think, homemade vitamin c serum has just few ingredients that can be easily sourced and can be made in a matter of minutes.

The main ingredient for this serum is pure vitamin c powder which can be got online easily in shops like amazon or eBay. The other ingredient is pure glycerine, glycerine can be got in any medical shops and the last ingredient is pure distilled water.

When you first start using the serum start with thinner concentration and then when it agrees with you, you can move onto thicker concentrations. The recipe I have given is for approximately 5 % concentration, which should work for all types of skin. I would strongly suggest starting only with this concentration and for problem prone skin this concentration will work better without irritating the skin.

Vitamin C Serum Tips:

The main problem you will face when making this serum is that vitamin c might not dissolve well into the water, for that you have to use fine vitamin c powder and mix really well till it dissolves. Though you can grind up vitamin c tablets into powder, I would strongly advice buying pure vitamin c powder.

The second problem some of you might face is that the mixture might me a bit sticky depending on your skin type. That is because of the glycerine, I have used only 3/4 tsp for this recipe, usually this ratio does not make the skin greasy, if it does decrease it even further.

This serum is best applied after cleansing your face every night and before using the moisturizer. Regular use has amazing skin benefits, it will delay wrinkles and also reduce the damage caused by pollution that our skin experience everyday.

How To Make Vitamin C Serum At Home?

1. Take distilled water in a small bowl and dissolve the vitamin c powder really well by mixing the ingredients with a spoon.

2. Add the glycerine to the above mixture and mix well and then strain the whole mixture using a fine sieve.

3. Pour it in a dark bottle and use it within a week.


  • Try using it daily night, after cleansing your face. Take 2 to 3 drops in your hands and gently massage it well into the face.
  • Use dark bottles to store the serum, to prevent it from oxidizing and keep it away from sunlight.
  • Always make smaller batches, these also make nice gifts.
  • On older skin, it delays wrinkles and fine lines, in younger skin it prevents break outs…



  1. sangeetha menon
    December 22, 2014 / 5:46 am

    This is so simple and eas 🙂 I am gonna try this .

  2. Lalitha Mani
    December 22, 2014 / 6:33 am

    Hi Very Good Posts from you. Can you please tell me or Provide the Link from where you have bought the Vitamin C powder. In India, the Powder Form is not available easily. Please help

  3. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    December 23, 2014 / 2:40 am

    Hi,Try scientific shops in your place, which supply chemicals to labs, they usually stock it. If not, then the best option is or……

  4. Aparna Roy
    December 23, 2014 / 4:33 pm

    Ramya once upon a time I mixed vitamin e oil from capsules in nivea and used it as a face cream. It felt very nice and I heard vitamin e heals scars. But soon I stopped as my free supply of vitamin e capsules dwindled.Serums are so expensive I hope we get good feedback in this section. Great work btw.

  5. Unknown
    December 24, 2014 / 9:57 am

    do i can use orange or lemon power insteed of vitamin c powder

  6. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    December 25, 2014 / 4:42 am

    No, citrus peel powders are not good substitutes. This serum is best made with pure vitamin c powder………

  7. jega
    December 29, 2014 / 10:21 am

    Hi Ramya my son was affected in diaria ffor past two days please give me a tips.i am waiting for ur reply

  8. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    December 31, 2014 / 4:25 am

    Hi Jega,Sorry for the late reply as I was traveling the past few days. For diarrhea in children, take a single green cardamom pod, open and take out the seeds and grind it with little boiled water and give to the child. This works best when the diarrhea starts itself……

  9. jega
    December 31, 2014 / 7:21 am

    Ok Ramya thank you 😊 now ok for my child 👶

  10. Unknown
    January 11, 2015 / 4:59 pm

    hello my name is Kat i'm in the usa,so.calif.i have been trying to get healthy as i am a 3 time cancer surviver.i started using fresh turmeric and ginger in my smoothies/teas and soups but i have just been buying it peeling then freezing i grated it into whatever i'm making..someone told me that is not the correct way to use it,that i should be buying organic powder and making a this true could you please giving me some advise on this?thank you

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 13, 2015 / 2:41 am

      Hi Kat, Here in India we always use ground turmeric powder for cooking and rarely or never use grated turmeric or freshly ground paste as ground turmeric powder is less pungent and blends well into gravies and sauces. Freshly ground turmeric is only used for external applications. Try organic turmeric powder for cooking purposes, it is less pungent and blends well into the soup and smoothies well……

  11. Cynthia Tuschel
    June 18, 2015 / 12:35 am

    I have turmeric essential oil can we use that on our face as well just wondering

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 20, 2015 / 4:41 pm

      Hi Cynthia, You can use turmeric essential oil for your face but use it after mixing it with a carrier oil…

  12. Aparna Iyer
    November 14, 2015 / 3:39 am

    Hey ramya, is amla powder too considered as pure vitamin c powder ? Because that's what I get if I search in amazon. What was your brand btw ? Please reply

  13. Anonymous
    September 24, 2016 / 12:13 am

    Try for vitamin C powder.

  14. Unknown
    February 8, 2017 / 6:33 am

    Hi Ramya,Would this serum reduce tan? Thanks.

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