DIY Anti-Aging Vitamin C Toner

You have probably seen many commercials advertising toners, creams, serums made with vitamin C, claiming to take off years off your face. And you also dream to look younger and erase years from your face.

DIY Anti-aging Skin And Facial Toner
Homemde Anti-aging Facial And Skin Toner

Today we share with our readers a very simple and easiest Do-It-Yourself (DIY) beauty recipe for a vitamin C toner that really works and can save you lots of money! Yay for saving money!

In fact, after its use you’ll notice a difference in your skin right away. It’ll be suppler, your complexion will get smoother, acne scars will gradually fade out, and your skin will have more glow to it overall. The bonus point is that vitamin C is one of the most powerful ingredients to fight and prevent signs of aging, thanks to its ability to stimulate collagen production in an effective way.

But, the problem with vitamin C is that it’s somewhat wayward and does not last long once assimilated into a beauty products. It oxidizes quickly, especially when exposed to light or air – and thus turns ineffective. On the other hand the homemade vitamin C toner is more effective than most of the store-bought vitamin C skincare products.

Due to vitamin C’s unstable characteristic, cosmetic companies simply circumvent using it and in its place opt for vitamin E, vitamin A (retinoid) or other manufactured anti-aging ingredients, which are pricy and basically not as effective. There are some companies that have developed techniques, which can maintain vitamin C stability, but then buying these products costs more than making them yourself at home. Not only that, you can also manage more control over the vitamin C strength when you make it yourself.

When I say vitamin C strength, I mean the proportion of vitamin C to your base (in this recipe, green tea).

Natural Beauty Tip: Make share to acclimatize your skin to vitamin C. Basically, it’s an acid – so a toner if too potent can irritate your skin. You don’t need to worry, though; getting your skin accustomed to vitamin C is in fact very simple.

To start with try 5% potency that is what you should start at, if you’re new to the vitamin C oral care. Then gradually you can move on to 10%, 15% and 20% potency. However, make sure to stay at each level for 2-3 weeks and when you feel comfortable move forward to the next. In case, you feel anything like stinging or any unusual side effects, simply return back to the lower level and wait it out for another week. Once you reach the 20% limit, you can continue it forever.

How To Make Vitamin C Skin Toner At Home?

I am providing here adjusted recipes (same ingredients, different ratios) for 5%,10%, 15% and 20% potency.

You will need:

(i) For 5% potency: 1/2 tsp. of vitamin C powder + 9 tsp. of brewed green tea

(ii) For 10% potency: 1 tsp. vitamin C powder + 9 tsp. of brewed green tea

(iii) For 15% potency: 1.5 tsp. vitamin C powder + 9 tsp. brewed green tea

(iv) For 20% potency: 2 tsp. vitamin C powder + 9 tsp. of brewed green tea


(i) Heat up one cup of distilled water just as if you are making a cup of tea.  Steep in it a green tea bag / sachet for about 3-4 minutes.

(ii) Remove the bag; let the tea cool down to at least room temperature. Make sure the tea is cooled down before you proceed further or you will ruin the vitamin C. Remember, vitamin C is much more fickle than your ex.

(iii) Next, combine the quantity required of vitamin C powder with 9 tsp. of your cooled green tea. You can buy vitamin C powder at a local health store or online. Go for 100% pure vitamin C (ascorbic acid) in the finely ground powder form over the crystals, which don’t dissolve as well.

(iv) Stir well using a clean wooden spoon until all of the powder is dissolved. This will take about 1-2 minutes, so keep stirring. When you have mixed well, you’ll get your very own homemade vitamin C toner of the desired potency.

(v) Store your diy vitamin C toner in an air-tight, dark glass bottle and then place it in a dark-cooler place – fridge or cupboard. The lesser air and light that reach your toner, the better.  You can use this toner up to one week after which the vitamin C will break down. So you will need to make a fresh batch after every week is passed, and if you use a lot, make it on an as-needed basis.

(vi) Simply soak a cotton ball in the toner and wipe across your skin anywhere that gets a lot of sun exposure, including your face, neck, arms and shoulders. Alternatively, you can use a spray bottle to mist your skin. There is no need to rinse off the vitamin C toner, but if you want you can do that.  Just make sure to let it stay on for about 15-20 minutes.

We welcome our readers to ask under the comments below any questions relating to the topic, don’t hesitate to ask!

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    • @ jean timme:

      Citrus fruit juices work as natural astringent, so orange juice can also tone and tighten your skin. Take some freshly squeezed orange juice, douse a cotton ball with it and wiped it on your face. Leave it on for about 15 minutes, and then rinse it off. Your skin will feel toned and have a nice glow. Your skin pores will look a little smaller too.

      You can have orange juice as a staple in your morning ritual. Pour some in a glass. Pour some on my face. And enjoy your day!

  1. How many times a day do you use it? Can you put face cream over it in the morning and or night? Do you have to heat the water for the tea or can you just do it cold for an hr or so?

    • @ Dawn:

      Use it once a day. You can apply it either in the morning or night as per your convenience.

      Topical use of green tea has been linked to reducing sun damage and soothing inflamed skin. At the very least, it is relaxing and smells good. So to extract the full benefits of green tea use hot water as directed in the article.

    • Although, some people may advise you that you can ground vitamin c tablet and use on your skin. But, I would advise against it. Tablet type vitamin C is water soluble and can quickly oxidize into dehydroascorbic acid which is not biologically active. To get the Vitamin C to work on the skin it needs to be put into an acidic base (around pH 2.5-3.5). A blend of around 20% Ascorbic Acid is most likely to penetrate the skin – too little and the concentration gradient isn’t high enough.


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