um... ME! That's who!!! Please tell me I am not alone...
I definitely abused the tanning beds when I was younger, and I didn't put sunscreen on like I should have when I went to the pool/beach. Now, I'm sort of paying the price. It's not terrible, but I am seeing pesky little wrinkles that seem to stick around long after I'm done laughing... Or from wrinkling my forehead, which apparently I do any time I concentrate on anything. :P
I also want to use something on my skin that is natural. Some products seem so harsh, and I think sometimes they do more harm than good. I can't help but to worry about what goes on my skin after I read the dangers of using products with parabens, phthalates, and Diethanolamine (DEA). (Scary stuff, people. If you have time, read up on the links to learn more about how hazardous these chemicals can be.)
Ok, onto the real question:
Who wants to use a natural serum that does all the hard work that the other serums do, while not costing you an arm and a leg? I do! I do!!
Here's the simple recipe. Bonus: It's pretty cheap, too. :)
~First, take a small container. Glass is best, dark amber/blue glass is even better.
~Then, dissolve a 1/4 tsp of Ascorbic Acid (powdered Vitamin C) in 1 tsp. water (preferably distilled). This is the longest part of the whole recipe. The acid crystals have to be completely dissolved before you proceed, and this took about 1 hour for me.
~After the crystals have dissolved, add 1/2 tsp. of glycerin. Then take a pin and poke a hole in a vitamin E gelcap and squeeze the contents into the mixture. (the original recipe calls for just 1 tsp. of glycerin and no vitamin E, which felt sticky to me. This works out a lot better- it easily absorbs into your skin, and doesn't feel as sticky. Vitamin E teams up with Vitamin C to be a really good antioxidant. The capsule isn't shown in this picture only because this was my first 'go' at it. I added it to my second batch.)
That's IT!!! This jar should last a month or so, but if it turns yellow or orange, it has oxidized and has expired.
I added a link to buy Ascorbic Acid, but I found mine in my health-food store in the bulk vitamin section. (I was able to buy just a few ounces of it instead of a whole honkin' bottle.) The glycerin can be found in the pharmacy section at Walmart, or near the skin remedy section at your pharmacy. The Vitamin E gelcaps are just your average vitamin. (Cost Breakdown: approx. $4 for the Ascorbic acid, $2 for the Glycerin, 67c for the distilled water, and $4 for GNC's bottle of 400 Vitamin E gelcaps. A total of $11 for a