Vitamin C (aka ascorbic acid) is known as the one supplement that covers all the bases in the skincare world. This nutrient is found in most foods and it’s a popular ingredient in skin care products because it’s a defender, repairer and a creator for skin. That’s a lot of jobs for one antioxidant. And the list goes on! Let’s see if it ticks all of our ‘must-have’ boxes:
Forms collagen? Check!
Neutralizes free radicals? Check!
Firms skin? Check!
Repairs skin? Check!
Reduces sunburn? Check!
Protects from UV radiation? Check!
Improves skin elasticity? Check!
Lightens sun damaged skin and age spots? Check!
Increases skin circulation? Check!
While 75 milligrams a day for an adult woman is the recommended vitamin C dosage, it’s also a vital ingredient to weave into your topical skincare routine as well. Try this simple and refreshing way to add ascorbic acid to your skin.
Firming Antioxidant Vitamin C Citrus Toner
- Peel of 1 organic orange or lemon
- 1 tablespoon witch hazel
- Heat Safe Jar + Lid
- 1 cup boiling water
- Spray Bottle
For this toner you’ll want to be sure to use organic fruit since we will be working with the peel of the citrus fruit where pesticides settle. Take a clean lemon or orange and remove the peel in small pieces. Add the peels to a heat safe jar and pour in 1 cup of boiling water. Cover with the lid and let steep overnight. Strain liquid into spray bottle and add 1 tablespoon of witch hazel.
Shake before use; spray on your face after washing day and night or whenever you need a quick refresh. Store in the refrigerator.
Photo by Ana Stanciu