|To make your own B3 serum, you will need the following ingredients -|
* 8 tsp Vegetable Glycerin (acts as a moisturizer, emulsifier and preservative)
* 1 cup Distilled water
* 1 Tbsp of Dried Rosemary Leaf or 3 Tbsp of Fresh Rosemary (preservative qualities & skin care benefits)
* 1/2 tsp N-Acetyl Glucosamine (said to be good for skin & I happened to have on-hand)
* 1 tsp Niacinamide Powder (also called Niacin or B3 - the star ingredient)
|1) In a covered saucepan, boil rosemary with water for 3 to 7 minutes. Keep lid on and remove from heat - let sit for 1o minutes. You will want to be careful not to completely boil away all of the water (like I did the first time).|
|2) Pour the rosemary mixture through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth. You will only need 4 teaspoons of the rosemary tea for your recipe. Save the rest to use as a hair rinse or add to your bathwater.|
|3) In a sterile glass jar with a lid, mix 4 teaspoons rosemary tea, 1 teaspoon niacin powder, 1/2 teaspoon glucosamine and 8 teaspoons glycerin. Shake until well mixed.|
|4) Using a funnel if necessary, pour serum into a dark container or jar. I used an empty, clean vanilla bottle. I like the spout size and the dark brown color will protect my serum from light.|
|To get additional B3 in your skin care, you can also mix 1/2 to 1 teaspoon into your moisturizing cream. I added some into my Alpha Hydroxy Acid skin cream. Just use a fork or a small whisk to mix well.|
If you don't like the feel of a serum and prefer not to mix your B3 with your face cream, you can simply mix 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of B3 powder with 1/4 cup of distilled water or aloe vera juice, shake well until dissolved and put into an empty spray bottle. Spray on your freshly washed face and allow to dry. Use several times a day for the maximum benefits.
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