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8 Best Vitamin C Serums

Incorporating a Vitamin C serum into your daily skincare routine works to prevent hyperpigmentation leaving skin brighter and firmer with a more even skin tone.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and when used in skincare offers a multitude of benefits.  It brightens the skin and boosts the production of collagen.  It fights free radicals caused by UV exposure and pollution.  

I’ve been using Vitamin C serums for nearly fifteen years now. These are some of the best I’ve discovered to date.  The percentages range from 10% – 30% L-Ascorbic acid. A higher percentage doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better.  The benefit comes from consistent use.  I like to mix it up and try different formulations.  Many Vitamin C serums over 20% will tingle at first but the sensation dissipates soon after.  I love the tingle and take it as a sign that the ingredients are active and working. 

10% Vitamin C

Redermic C10 vitamin c serum

La Roche-Posay Redermic C Anti-Wrinkle Firming Concentrate – This is a Vitamin C 10% + moisturizer and is very hydrating.  It’s $50 yet convenient for two products in one. Available at Walgreens.  

15% Vitamin C

Drunk Elephant Vitamin C serum

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum – This serum contains 15% l-ascorbic acid, 0.5% ferulic acid, and 1% vitamin E.  Ferulic acid acts as a stabilizer for ascorbic acid. You’ll see it often in products containing Vitamin C. It’s soft and moisturizing on the skin and works like a dream under makeup.  It contains exfoliating properties as well.  $80 at Sephora

20% + Vitamin C

Garden of Wisdom Vitamin C serum skinceuticals

Garden of Wisdom Vitamin C Serum 23% + Ferulic Acid – Garden of Wisdom is a sensational budget beauty brand and this product, in particular, is an affordable dupe for SkinCeuticals Vitamin C + Ferulic serum which costs quite a bit more.  Available at Victoria Health for about $13.00 plus shipping.

Indeed Labs Vitamin C24

Indeed Labs Vitamin C24 – This is the Vitamin C cream that I have used most frequently over the years.  It’s potent, giving a slight tingle, and very affordable.  It contains 22% Vitamin C + 2% hyaluronic acid and works as a moisturizer as well. $25 and available online

Dr Sebagh Vitamin C Powder

Dr. Sebagh Pure Vitamin C Powder Cream – This is a 20% Vitamin C in powder form that turns into a cream when applied.  I love this product for the purpose of combining it with other serums by shaking a little powder into the palm of my hand and mixing them together.  $88 for five vials. Available online from London dermatologist, Dr. Sebagh. 

The Ordinary Vitamin C

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% – I have used this Vitamin C many times over the 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 but absorbs into the skin after a few minutes. Available online.  The Ordinary Vitamin C 30% in Silicone is less gritty and costs $6.80 online.

30% Vitamin C

DCL C Scape vitamin c serum

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 of $120 but it’s a workhorse of a product. It tingles a lot. Available online

Inkey List Vitamin C 30%

The Inkey List Vitamin C – Affordable 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 30% Vitamin C for $10.  It really tingles. I love this product. Available at Sephora.

Let me know in the comments below if you have a favorite Vitamin C serum to recommend.

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