The Vitamin C Serums Our Editors Swear By for Brighter-Looking Skin
If there’s a topical antioxidant that holds a front row seat in a skin care aficionado’s beauty cabinet, it’s vitamin C. And it’s not surprising, really, given the benefits vitamin C can bring to your complexion. But don’t just take our word for it—even the derms agree. “Vitamin C is a great antioxidant,” says board-certified dermatologist, and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. Michael Kaminer. “It helps neutralize free radicals and reduce environmentally-induced damage to cells.”
While that doesn’t mean vitamin C is a substitute for broad-spectrum sunscreen, when worn together vitamin C and sunscreen are an anti-aging force to be reckoned with. When paired, expect protection against harmful UV rays, free radicals, and other environmental assaults. This is beneficial because these assailants can latch onto your skin and compromise your skin barrier. When that happens, your skin is more vulnerable to signs of premature aging including fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and uneven skin texture.
All that was to say that vitamin C is a valuable addition to any and every skin care routine, regardless of your skin type or concerns. But there are a handful of vitamin C skin care products out there, which can make the selection process anything but simple. We took a poll around the office, and discovered the six vitamin C serums and skin care products that reigned supreme among our editors. Keep scrolling for our picks of the best vitamin C skin care products—from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands—to start slathering your face with ASAP.
Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate
When the original Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate launched back in 2005, it was a fan favorite. But the team at Kiehl’s recently gave the beloved formula an upgrade and now it’s even more powerful. The new Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate boasts 12.5 percent of vitamin C—2.5 percent more than the original—plus the addition of hyaluronic acid. As for what it can do for your skin, the serum can help visibly reduce wrinkle and diminish the appearance of fine lines, while improving skin radiance and texture.
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
No vitamin C serum list is complete without SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic. Favored by derms, influencers, and our editors alike, this beloved vitamin C serum delivers advanced protection against free radicals and can help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness, and brighten the skin's complexion.
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, $166 MSRP
Vichy LiftActiv Vitamin C Serum Brightening Skin Corrector
Some vitamin C serums are costlier than others. Struggling to find one in your budget? Try this affordable drugstore vitamin C serum by Vichy. The formula boasts 15 percent pure vitamin C, along with vitamin C, polyphenols, and hyaluronic acid and can help fight signs of skin aging. Best of all? Results can be seen in as little as 10 days. With continued use, expect to see skin that appears visibly illuminated and brighter.
La Roche-Posay Active C10
Serums are a popular way to apply vitamin C onto your skin topically, but they’re not the only way. In addition to vitamin C serums, you can find moisturizers and lotions formulated with vitamin C as well, like La Roche-Posay’s Active C10. Formulated with a high concentration of vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, Active C10 can help visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, smooth skin texture and boost radiance.
La Roche-Posay Active C10, $52.99 MSRP
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum
This lightweight, highly-potent vitamin C concentrate glides onto the skin to help restore skin’s natural radiance, while also reducing the appearance of signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles.
SkinCeuticals C + AHA
Formulated with 15% l-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and 10% mixed hydroxy acids, use this daytime antioxidant serum to help neutralize free radicals and to improve the appearance of blemishes.
SkinCeuticals C + AHA, $136 MSRP
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