Vitamin C is a gold-star ingredient for the skin. You’ll find it in all kinds of skin creams for its antioxidant powers and ability to rebuild collagen. But instead of buying expensive creams with synthetic forms of vitamin C, you can make your own using camu camu, an antiviral, vitamin C-packed fruit found in the Amazon rainforest. Combined with aloe vera’s healing properties, this Vitamin C serum recipe with camu camu works to lighten and rejuvenate skin.
Why Vitamin C?
When applied to the skin, vitamin C does three awesome things for your skin:
- Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which neutralizes free radicals and other nasties that come from daily environmental and sun exposure
- Vitamin C lightens the appearance of age spots.
- Vitamin C accelerates collagen production, which prevents the fine lines and wrinkles from forming.
Why Camu Camu?
L-ascorbic acid is a synthetic form of Vitamin C that’s often used in both expensive and homemade skin serums. While it provides potent skin benefits, it can also degrade quickly. Serums with ascorbic acid usually only last about a week before they start to oxidize and turn yellow, which means the vitamin C has become inactive.
The Amazonian Camu Camu plant contains the highest level of natural occurring vitamin C in the world. The small berries are at least 30 times more potent than oranges. So you get the vitamin C skin benefits – plus other antioxidants, vitamins and minerals – from a naturally derived ingredient (source).
DIY: Camu Camu Vitamin C Serum
- Combine camu camu and glycerin, mix well.
- Add aloe vera and stir to combine.
- Transfer to small container (one with a dropper is the easiest to use)
- To use, smooth 2-4 drops onto (clean) face, neck and chest twice a day. Let it absorb and follow with moisturizer.