Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and when used in skincare offers a multitude of benefits. It brightens and boosts the production of collagen. It also fights free radicals caused by UV exposure and pollution. Incorporating Vitamin C into your daily skincare routine works to prevent hyperpigmentation leaving skin brighter, and firmer with a more even skin tone.
I use a Vitamin C serum nearly every day. These are the best I’ve discovered to date. The percentages vary and just because it may contain more doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. The benefit comes from consistent use. I like to mix it up and try different formulations. Finding the ones that suit you comes from trial and error. Most Vitamin C serums over 20% will give you a tingle. I don’t find this uncomfortable as it dissipates soon after. I look for the tingle as a sign that the ingredients are active and working.
Garden of Wisdom Vitamin C Serum 23% + Ferulic Acid – Garden of Wisdom is a sensational budget beauty brand and this product, in particular, is a much more affordable dupe for SkinCeuticals Vitamin C + Ferulic serum which costs quite a bit more. Available at Victoria Health for about $13.00.
DCL C Scape High Potency Night Booster 30% – DCL is a Connecticut based high tech skincare company. This high potency Vitamin C is a nighttime treatment and is also formulated with Coenzyme Q10, another antioxidant. It’s luscious and I use it on nights when I’m not using retinol. It comes with an eye-watering price tag but it’s a workhorse of a product. Available online.
Indeed Labs Vitamin C24 – This is the Vitamin C serum that I have used most frequently, buying at least four over the years. It’s potent, giving a slight tingle, and very affordable. It’s 22% Vitamin C + 2 hyaluronic acid. Available online.
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum – This is on the pricey side for a lower percentage of Vitamin C. It contains 15% l-ascorbic acid, 0.5% ferulic acid and 1% vitamin E. However, what I like most about it in addition to the daily dose of Vitamin C is how soft and moisturizing it is to the skin and it works like a dream under makeup. You don’t need to spend this much on a Vitamin C serum, but it’s a great product from one of my favorite skincare brands. Available at Sephora.
The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% – I have used this Vitamin C many times over the last three years. It contains a high percentage of Vitamin C at a budget-friendly price of only $5.80. It’s gritty when you first apply it. Some people don’t like this. I don’t mind it at all because, by the time I’ve applied moisturizer and am ready to apply foundation, it is completely absorbed into the skin. Available online.
La Roche-Posay Redermic C Anti-Wrinkle Firming Concentrate – This is a Vitamin C 10% + moisturizer in one and is very hydrating. I usually pick this up when traveling but the US version is readily available online.
Dr Sebagh Pure Vitamin C Powder Cream – This is Vitamin C 20% in powder form that turns into a cream when applied. I was interested in this primarily for the purpose of combining it with other serums I may be using. Very handy. Available online from London dermatologist, Dr Sebagh.
The Inkey List Vitamin C – New to the market and prepared to give The Ordinary a run for its money is the British brand, The Inkey List. They offer straightforward active ingredients in modest packaging at a budget-friendly price. This is a whopping Vitamin C 30% for $10. I’m trying several products from The Inkey List at the moment and the Vitamin C is solid. Available at Cult Beauty.
Which Vitamin C serums do you recommend?