Some of the Best Vitamin C Skincare Products to Try
Vitamin C, please.
I recently learned the deets on skincare's foremost antioxidant, vitamin C, while interviewing experts for this FabFitFun article. The vitamin is popular for brightening the complexion, improving hyper-pigmentation and scarring, and amplifying your skin's defense against free radicals.
In fact, in the words of celebrity facialist and skincare expert, Bella Schneider, "Vitamin C helps shield the skin from environmental stressors [like] sunlight and pollution while shedding dead skin cells and regenerating new cells." Beyond that, she adds that it also helps to improve the visible signs of aging, including fine lines, uneven texture, dullness, age spots, and more.
But not all forms of vitamin C benefit the skin equally. Things like oil- vs. water-solubility, stability, and delivery method all matter. Without using an expert formulation down to the packaging, ascorbic and l-ascorbic acid cannot provide your skin with the full, intended benefits.
Here are some of my favorite vitamin C skincare products to try along with some newbies to consider.
Every service at my favorite spa begins with the celebrity esthetician's gentle, vitamin C-infused cleanser. I used it today — and every single time I go into the spa for a facial with their lead facialist, Sora. For a little celebrity-approved DIY treatment, follow with the Rescue Serum, $150, and Dawn Face Mask, $75 for 6.
Surprise! CBD is a great source of vitamins A and C. I would nab this anti-inflammatory facial oil in a heartbeat.
This is my favorite cruelty-free dupe for SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, $165. In fact, I think @laurenerrobeauty should try this one next!
Anti-inflammatory salicylic acid exfoliates surface skin cells to allow Yuzu-derived C to penetrate more deeply. It also has ultra-nourishing, hydrating Kakadu plum to replenish your newly exfoliated mug. The best part? It works in 30 seconds.
The beauty of this advanced, luxury K-Beauty powder is that you can add it to any product you own.
The synergistic effects of vitamins C and E maximize the protection afforded by this SPF.
This skincare company specializes in delivering stabilized vitamin C to the skin. I love that this formula contains ceramides.
This is my new pick for clean beauty fans, available at Credo. I haven't sampled it yet!
I haven't tried these but I totally would. Plus they're Gwyneth Paltrow-approved.
It's on sale from $88 on QVC right now! I haven't tried this, but I want to. They also make a well-regarded mask that exfoliates as it delivers C.
They're my two favorites from the line and Renee Rouleau shared that vitamin C is extra-important for retinol users.
I find myself increasingly impressed with this unisex beauty brand's formulas. The forms of vitamin C they use are potent, varied, and stable.
I want to try everything from her entire line, including this comprehensive, stable C serum for fading hyper-pigmentation and more.
Beauty editor Rebecca Norris is loving this new vitamin C serum from clean K-Beauty retailer, Glow Recipe. I trust her opinions on all things beauty.
Vervan Rose Tonic, $15
I haven't tried this face mist, but I have tried the line's body butter and was very impressed. This lists damask rose water and vitamin C as its two active ingredients.
This is another reef-safe option for clean mineral coverage that incorporates photo-protective vitamin C into the mix.
This is a pregnancy-safe pick for new moms and moms-to-be.
Smooth skin on the body is a year-round must.
ISClinical Youth Duo, $85
My lips need major help — and this is a highly-regarded line.
Did I miss any of your favorites? Let me know on Instagram!
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