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In this video, Michelle from Lab Muffin Beauty Science explains how to make a DIY Vitamin C serum that is effective, stable, and easy to make at home.
She begins by discussing the benefits of Vitamin C for the skin, including its antioxidant properties and ability to fade hyperpigmentation.
However, she also notes that Vitamin C is notoriously unstable, especially when in a water-based product. L-ascorbic acid, the main type of Vitamin C that has been shown to work in anti-aging products, tends to decompose easily and quickly, turning into yellow dehydroascorbic acid (DHAA) or DHA. This instability can make it difficult to create a Vitamin C serum that is both effective and long-lasting.
Michelle then discusses various methods for stabilizing L-ascorbic acid, including combining it with other ingredients like Vitamin E and ferulic acid, or turning it into a derivative like magnesium ascorbyl phosphate or tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate. While these methods can be effective, they can also be complicated and expensive, especially for DIY formulations.
Michelle then introduces her simple DIY Vitamin C serum recipe, which only requires three ingredients: L-ascorbic acid powder, distilled or deionized water, and baking soda. She explains how to mix the ingredients together to create a stable and effective Vitamin C serum, and offers tips for adjusting the amount of Vitamin C in the serum to suit individual preferences.
Throughout the video, Michelle provides scientific explanations for the chemistry behind the ingredients and their effects on the skin, making this a valuable resource for anyone interested in skincare and beauty science. She also offers helpful tips for those who want to try making their own skincare products at home.