You’re probably well aware of just how beneficial vitamin C is to your immune system. I personally can’t trust someone who has never chugged Emergen-C during a long, booze-filled weekend to avoid getting sick. Or at the very least, justified downing mimosas because orange juice is “good for you”. What’s even more beneficial than Prosecco with a drop of O.J. is the topical treatment of vitamin C serums for your skin. The potent antioxidant helps to reduce inflammation, irregular pigmentation, and promotes healthy collagen production, which is why you need to incorporate the powerhouse ingredient into your daily skincare routine.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up the five best vitamin C serums that you need to try.
Asarai Response Theory Serum
Asarai’s Response Theory Serum “responds” to all of the toxic pollutants that your skin comes into contact with simply by you walking outside. The lightweight serum is packed with a variety of antioxidants—with the key player being vitamin C—that fight off the free radicals that can otherwise harm your skin. Your skin is left with a velvety glow which will be convincing enough to incorporate this serum into your daily routine.
Merle Norman Brilliant-C Brightening Serum
On top of targeting discoloration and dark spots, the Merle Norman Brilliant-C Brightening Serum also contains hydrating properties, eliminating the need to lather on a moisturizer on top of this hardworking serum. So, if you’re looking for a product that will brighten and hydrate while eliminating the number of products you need in your daily skin care routine, then Merle Norman’s Brilliant-C is the way to go.
If you’ve ever experienced the annoying condition that is hyperpigmentation (aka the overproduction of melanin, resulting in dark spots) then you should consider adding HydroPeptide’s LumaPro-C to your skin care shelf. Like the other vitamin C serums on our list, LumaPro-C promises a brighter complexion. However, this powerhouse serum also contains eight brightening ingredients at their clinical level (meaning, they were tested on actual patients vs. solely mixed up in a lab) to not only brighten your skin but also target hyperpigmentation. In addition to vitamin C, the serum contains DermalRX SRC which breaks down hyperpigmented cells to enhance skin texture and brightness.
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum
Perhaps the most potent vitamin C serum on our list, Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum is packed with enzymes and antioxidants that help to neutralize damaging free radicals while replenishing lipids and visibly reducing the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles in literally no time at all. What’s more is that C-Firma has what D.E. refers to as a “reservoir effect”, meaning that the serum will stay active on your skin for up to 72 hours and cannot be washed or rubbed off. So need something that will continue working to replenish your skin even through your three-day bender? C-Firma has got your back (and your face). Nervous about using something for the first time that will stay on your skin for 72 hours? No worries, the serum has a pH level of 3.3-3.5 which is science talk for “this pH level is the key to a non-irritating, effective formulation that will give you real results.”
Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum
The brand behind your favorite rosewater spray also has a powerful vitamin C serum that you should consider adding to your skincare routine if you want a product that is effective and doesn’t need to be applied every day. Mario Badescu’s Vitamin C Serum comes with a dropper applicator that you use to apply one to two drops every other night before you apply your night cream. The serum contains vitamin C to help re-texturize skin, diminishing the visible signs of aging. It also has a combination of Sodium Hyaluronate and Collagen to moisturize and smooth skin resulting in a plump, even complexion.