Vitamin C Serums Our Editors Love
If there’s one ingredient that holds a front row seat in a skin-care aficionado’s beauty cabinet, it’s vitamin C. The antioxidant has a long list of benefits it can bring to your complexion. “Vitamin C is a great antioxidant,” says board-certified dermatologist and Skincare.com consultant Michael Kaminer, MD. “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 its barrier. When that happens, your skin is more vulnerable to signs of premature aging including fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and uneven texture. If that was enough to get you on board with this all-star skin-care ingredient, ahead find some of our favorite vitamin C serums that deserve a spot in your skin-care arsenal.
The Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate boasts 12.5 percent of vitamin C — 2.5 percent more than the original that launched back in 2005 — plus hyaluronic acid. As for what it can do for your skin, the serum helps visibly reduce wrinkle and diminish the appearance of fine lines, while improving skin radiance and texture.
No vitamin C serum list is complete without SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic. Favored by dermatologists and beauty 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.
If you’re struggling to find a vitamin C serum on a budget, try this affordable drugstore vitamin C serum by Vichy. The formula boasts 15% pure vitamin C, polyphenols and hyaluronic acid to help fight signs of skin aging. With continued use, expect to see skin that appears visibly illuminated and brighter.
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 the antioxidant, as well. La Roche-Posay’s Active C10 is 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.
This serum features 10% pure vitamin C to provide the skin with antioxidant benefits while brightening the complexion. The lightweight formula contains CeraVe’s signature three essential ceramides, plus hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 to restore, hydrate and soften skin for a radiant, even tone.
This multi-function, gel-serum is formulated with vitamin C to brighten your complexion and collagen amino acids to firm and plump the skin. Tired-looking skin looks revitalized while hyperpigmentation and fine lines are diminished to reveal even, radiant skin.