One of my favorite multi-purpose skincare ingredients is Vitamin C (learn more about how Vitamin C works in skincare here). In a nut shell, while you likely think of Vitamin C whenever you drink a glass of orange juice, you should also be including it in your skincare routine.
Vitamin C does it all, from encouraging your skin to create more collagen and elastin (and therefore helping to reverse signs of aging), evening out skin tone by improving hyperpigmentation and even preventing skin damage by inactivating free radicals (aka, it’s a pretty great antioxidant). As an added bonus, Vitamin C is pregnancy safe, so if you are pregnant, thinking of becoming pregnant, or nursing you can safely include Vitamin C products in your skincare routine.
Vitamin C products used to have a lot of problems such as causing irritation to being easily inactivated, they were also expensive. Over the last few years skincare brands have fixed many of those issues. Vitamin C serums no longer irritate the skin, you’re likely to find Vitamin C as an active ingredient in gentle moisturizers. Stabilizers have also come a long way, and your expensive skin care product is much less likely to inactivate itself once you’ve opened it. And best of all, you can find Vitamin C at all price points!
I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite Vitamin C skincare products for this post. I’m focusing on products that prominently feature Vitamin C, rather than those that just happen to have a low concentration of Vitamin C in a long list of active ingredients.
7/16/2019 Update: Note I’m updating this list as I’ve tried quite a few Vitamin C serums since this went live, and have some new favorites to share!
3. Dermalogica Age Smart Multivitamin Power Serum I really love that there are so many active ingredients in this cream, it has retinoids as well. I take it with me when I travel, it’s 1 product for my retinoid and vitamin C. However, it can be irritating if you have sensitive skin. Not safe for pregnancy due to the retinoid, and many recommend avoiding that during nursing as well.
4. Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder If you want to add Vitamin C to your skincare routine but aren’t quite ready to swap out any products, you can add a bit of this powder (really) to your favorite product instead. Instant Vitamin C! Safe for nursing but not pregnancy (due to Licorice Root)
5. Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum I just finished using an entire bottle of this serum. It isn’t irritating and works great under makeup. Safe for nursing but not pregnancy (due to Licorice Root)
9. OleHenricksen Truth Serum This has long been a best selling Vitamin C serum for a reason. It smells like oranges, works for every skin type and won’t irritate your skin. Safe for pregnancy and nursing