14-Day Homemade Antioxidant Lotion Challenge

We all know that antioxidants (vitamins A, C, and E belong to this group) play a major role in skin health. We should be getting these important nutrients from eating fresh produce, particularly really colorful foods like bell peppers, tomatoes, berries, red and black grapes, and dark leafy veggies. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just don’t want to get my veg on.

So what’s a girl to do? Use lotions and potions stuffed full of antioxidants, of course! But these products can be spendy and if you’re on a tight budget (or just cheap like me), you don’t want to spend $150 on an ounce of miracle cream whose only claim to miraculousness is having parted you from that $150!

My friend D recently mentioned how one of her friends mixes a little bit of Emergen-C into her moisturizer and smooths that on her face. The idea is that since Emergen-C contains 1000 mg of vitamin C, it ought to work like expensive antioxidant-rich products like Philosophy’s Turbo Booster C Powder, which is mixed into your favorite lotion or serum.

Lotus Brother pointed out something I hadn’t thought about: the fact that unlike the Philosophy powder, Emergen-C contains sugar and sugar can get rather sticky. I also considered how the Emergen-C packets I have are Tropical-flavored and orange-ish in color. What if it turned my skin Snooki-orange??

Tonight, I decided to test it out for myself. I present to you another beauty challenge!

I’m going to use 1/8 teaspoon of Emergen-C to 1 teaspoon of lotion, in this case, Vaseline’s Aloe Fresh Hydrating lotion , and will apply it to my left hand (the one that was featured in my Clarisonic Mia challenge in January) every night for two weeks.

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Here’s the Before photo of my untreated, unmoisturized hand:

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