3-Ingredient Sun Spot Fading DIY Vitamin C Collagen Skin Peel

Skin loves vitamin C. Not only does this crucial nutrient provide a collagen-building boost (no animal products necessary like with the popular collagen supplements and skincare products), but it also helps to speed the healing and reduce the appearance of sun-damaged skin, making this DIY vitamin C skin peel a summer skincare must.

While boosting your intake of vitamin-C-packed fruits and veggies is super easy in the summertime (hello, watermelon!), and does wonders for the skin when your diet is rich in vitamin-C-containing foods, the skin will also benefit from an external application of vitamin C. And this DIY C-packed face peel is easy to whip up and apply. Plus, you’ll see instant results like smoother looking skin and decreased pigmentation.

This collagen-boosting vitamin C peel is very thin and can therefore drip after being applied, so use caution on the forehead and around the eyes as it will burn if it gets into your eyes.

A note on vitamin C powder: Be sure to find a powder with no fillers, sugars, or other ingredients. You simply want pure vitamin C, which is easy to find at most health food stores or online.


One tablespoon aloe vera gel
One teaspoon vegetable glycerin
One tablespoon ascorbic acid (vitamin C powder)


Mix all ingredients together so that the vitamin C powder dissolves into the liquids. Use a cotton ball or pad to swab onto the skin and let sit 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water. Store any remaining mixture in an airtight jar in the refrigerator. Can be used once a week.

[Caution: If you have any skin conditions, talk with your doctor before applying vitamin C directly to the skin. Do not apply this peel to burned or broken skin as the vitamin C may cause excessive burning or irritation. Rinse off immediately if you feel harsh burning or irritation. Avoid contact with eyes.]

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