DIY CEF Vitamin C Skin Serum for Beginners

Uploaded by ReCverin on 10.06.2011

Hello. My name is Doug Kitt with Recverin company of Salt Lake City, Utah. Today I'm
going to show you how to make a do-it-yourself skin serum containing vitamin C, vitamin E
and ferulic acid. Serums with these ingredients are called CEF serums by do-it-yourselfers.
CEF serums are very popular among do-it-yourselfers, as well they should be. A vitamin C serum
should be part of everyone's daily skin regimen. And by making it yourself, you can save money
and be assured that you're using a nice fresh product. Beginners often choose a CEF recipe
as their first do-it-yourself project, and this recipe is an excellent choice because
it is very simple and economical to make. It requires only a few simple ingredients
and supplies. I call this recipe Zip Lock CEF.
This product is called ReCverin C TM. It's the source of vitamin C for the recipe we're
making today. This contains 10% l-ascorbic acid in glycerin. This product can be purchased
at The cost is $29.
This product is a vitamin E oil. This particular one is called Mixed Tocopherols. I purchased
it from Lotioncrafters, the cost is about $5.
This is a little bag containing ferulic acid. This is a yellow powder. This little bag costs
about $2. It contains 1 gram, we're going to use one-fourth of a gram of that. And finally,
this product is called polysorbate 80, it goes by a trade name called Tween 80. This
particular bottle is one that I've had in my laboratory, but you can purchase this also
from Lotioncrafters and many other sources for about $5.
Here are the supplies we're going to use for the recipe today. This is a Ziploc Heavy Duty
Freezer bag. One quart size, you want a good heavy duty bag with a zip lock. This is a
straightedge, this happens to be a tongue depressor. What we're going to do with this
is push the fluid around inside the bag to mix it. So what you want is something like
a plastic ruler, or a popsicle stick...something that isn't sharp that might cut a hole in
the bag. We need a measuring spoon, a one-eighth teaspoon size measuring spoon. We need a couple
of droppers for measuring the vitamin E and the polysorbate 80 with. And we need a pair
of scissors. There are a few optional things that you might want to have, to make things
a little easier. A little funnel, we'll see where that comes into play. A piece of paper,
and some rubber gloves, and maybe even a tumbler.
The first thing we're going to do is put the ReCverin C into the bag. You notice I'm wearing
rubber gloves. I've washed down the surfaces that I'm working on. These are good, standard
practices for making cosmetics. Now what I've done is actually put a bag into a cup, this
is just to hold the bag open and make it easy to transfer the ingredients into the bag.
Now you take the ReCverin C, easy as that, pour it into the bag.
So we've let all of the ReCverin drain out of the bottle. We want to save the bottle
for later. And the next thing we're going to do is put the ferulic acid into the bag.
Just take a scoop, and working over the paper is handy, and I'm just going to scrape it
off level. If you press it against the bag in order to make it level, what you're actually
doing is compressing the powder down into the spoon, and you can measure too much. This
is about 0.25 gram. Put it into the bag. The next thing we're going to do is take the bag
out of the cup. I'm going to close the zip lock, and because the powder is sitting on
top of the ReCverin, I'm going to spread it around a little bit. I'm going to do that
by just tapping the bottom of the bag like this to spread it around. And now I'm going
to squeeze all of the air out of the bag, at least as much as I can. We're not worried
about the air, it's just to make it easy to mix. Take the straightedge, and start mixing
the ingredients. Ferulic acid is quite insoluble in almost everything. We can get this much
to dissolve in this amount of ReCverin, but it is going to take a bit of effort. What
we want to do now, is break up all of the little clumps. The way to do that is by chasing
them around the bag, and squashing them with your thumb. This is going to take a few minutes.
This is the most difficult part of this whole recipe. Pay attention...if you want to make
good quality, nice-looking, elegant cosmetics, then you need to make sure you get everything
to dissolve.
When you're absolutely sure you've completely dispersed all the particles of ferulic acid,
spread the fluid out evenly in the bag, and set it aside overnight. There are still small
particles in the bag, and they need to dissolve completely before we add the oil phase.
Now that we've allowed the ferulic acid to dissolve entirely in the glycerin base, we're
going to mix it one more time, and then push all the fluid down to the bottom of the bag,
and we're going to add the polysorbate 80. This emulsifying agent is going to make sure
that the oily vitamin E disperses nicely and forms a nice emulsion in our product.
We're going to use 18 drops (about 0.6 mL) polysorbate in order to emulsify an equal
amount of vitamin E oil.
Now the polysorbate 80 will dissolve into this solution almost instantly. We're going
to mix it around for just a minute or two to make sure it's all dissolved.
After we've mixed the polysorbate 80 well into the solution, we're going to push it
all back down to the bottom of the bag, and again open it up so we can add the vitamin
E. This is a real simple step also.
Eighteen drops of vitamin E.
What you're actually doing here is making what is called an emulsion. The vitamin E
is being dispersed into very fine droplets. The polysorbate 80 that we put in first helps
to form these fine droplets to create what is known as a 'stable emulsion.' That means
that when we let the product stand on the shelf, the oil doesn't float to the top and
That's it. All we have to do now is transfer the serum back into the bottle. Push it all
down to one corner of the bag. We will snip off the corner so that we can pour it in.
This is where the funnel might come in handy, if you're a little unsteady like me! Snip
about a quarter inch off the corner, hold it up, tip it and then let it drain right
back into the bottle.
You know, making your own cosmetics is a little bit like making wine. Anyone can slosh together
ingredients and make a mixture, but part of the goal is to make a product that is attractive
to look at, doesn't smell bad, and feels good on your skin. You've created two full ounces
of an elegant CEF serum that is as good or better than any you can buy. Some high end
brands sell for $150 per ounce. So you spent about 30 bucks to create $300 worth. This
serum contains 10% vitamin C as l-ascorbic acid, 1% vitamin E oil, and about 0.4% ferulic
acid. Over 99% of the ingredients by weight are skin identical. The pH of this serum is
about 2.8, which is optimal for absorbing ascorbic acid into the skin. The ascorbic
acid in this product is extremely stable. There is no measurable loss of vitamin C activity
in this solution over many months at room temperature, so you don't need to worry about
storing it in the refrigerator like you do with so many other do-it-yourself recipes.
It has an attractive, opalescent appearance, and it has essentially no odor. It absorbs
rapidly, leaving your skin with a smooth velvety feeling.
Once you've allowed most of it to drain back, I recommend you lay it back down, and push
the rest back down to the bottom. Squeeze out as much as you can. I've done this quite
a few times, and I've measured how much you can recover using this process. I've been
able to get as much as 98% of the ingredients from the bag and into the bottle just by scraping
it like I've shown you here three times.
If you're pleased with this recipe, you might like to consider using ReCverin 50/50 TM for
your next batch. This product contains BOTH of the naturally-occurring forms of vitamin
C, ascorbic acid and dehydroascorbic acid, in the same proportions as found in normal
skin. It is the most gentle and most effective topical vitamin C in the world. You make the
CEF serum exactly the same way as I've shown you here, but I like to call it Zip Lock CDEF...the
D stands for dehydroascorbic acid. It's the ultimate CEF serum. Thanks for watching!