This natural homemade vitamin c toner helps prevent fine lines by boosting collagen production, improving skin elasticity, and even fading age and sun spots!
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is said to have many anti-aging benefits for the skin. It’s a potent antioxidant, is anti-inflammatory, and is very soothing for the skin. What does all this mean? Put simply, Vitamin C can improve skin elasticity, prevent fine lines by stimulating collagen production, protect skin from damaging sun rays, and have a lightening effect that helps fade age spots or sunspots.
Even if you get adequate amounts of Vitamin C in your diet, a topical application of Vitamin C is the best way to benefit your skin This clinical study on the topical application of Vitamin C shows that solutions made with 5% Vitamin C (in the form of ascorbic acid) produced positive results on damaged skin after repeated use.
Ascorbic acid is highly unstable and oxidizes within a few days when exposed to air, heat, or light. So don’t waste your money on an expensive product that may become ineffective after only a few days. The good news is, you can make your own homemade face toner at home by mixing up small batches every few days to maximize the effects of Vitamin C.
- ½ oz. hydrosol – rose hydrosol or Pure Flowers Toner (find it here)
- about ¼ teaspoon l-ascorbic acid – this is a 10% concentration
- 5 drops chamomile or lavender essential oil – optional for anti-inflammatory and soothing effects
- several drops Vitamin E oil – optional for increased anti-oxidant effect
- 1 oz. dark glass bottle with a fine mister
To make homemade toner add ascorbic acid to a spice grinder and blend into a powder. Combine all ingredients in a small amber or cobalt glass bottle. Cap tightly with spray top and shake well to combine. Store in a cool place and mix a new batch every 2-3 days for the best results.
Use morning and night on a clean face before applying moisturizers or makeup. Shake vigorously before each use. With eyes and mouth closed, spray generously all over face and neck and allow to dry.
Note: Some people are sensitive to ascorbic acid, so you may want to test the toner on a small area of skin before applying all over.