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.
1. Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum
This serum has a lot of hydration with hyaluronic acid in it as well.
3. Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate
One of my go-to Vitamin C products, you only need a small amount and it is easy to layer with other products.
4. Avéne A-OXitive Antioxidant Defense Serum
Super gentle, if your skin is easily irritated this is the one I recommend.
5. Vichy LiftActiv Vitamin C Serum Brightening Skin Corrector
This is the cheapest of the options here, but it is still worth checking out! You only need a small amount and it pairs well with other products.
6. 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.
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!
Dermalogica Age Smart Multivitamin Power Serum
I really love that there are so many active ingredients in this cream, though it can be slightly irritating if you have sensitive skin.
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