Time to turn the lights back on in dull, lackluster skin? From lightweight serums to serious masks, the latest crop of vitamin C powerhouses don’t disappoint.
SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF ($166)
The latest vitamin C from SkinCeuticals took six years to perfect. Created with oily, blemish-prone skin types in mind, the formula combines combines 15-percent L-ascorbic acid, 0.5-percent concentrations of silymarin, ferulic acid and salicylic acid to provide heavy antioxidant protection while also working to dial back sebum production over time.
Rodan + Fields Reverse Tone Correcting Treatment ($110)
10-percent vitamin C and two types of retinoids make this nighttime formula a heavy-hitter in the dark-spot removing and overall-brightening game.
Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum ($62)
10-percent vitamin C is spiked with white shiitake mushrooms and squalane in this silky smooth serum to help balance uneven skin tone and fade dark spots while hydrating skin, too.
La Roche Posay Pure Vitamin C Face Serum with Salicylic Acid ($40)
Breakout-busting salicylic acid is combined with 10 percent pure vitamin C for the ultimate better-skin cocktail made for congested complexions.
Murad Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum ($80)
A must-try for those struggling with texture and tone, this double-barreled delivery system ensures a perfectly potent dose of texture-smoothing glycolic acid and brightening vitamin C right when you need them.
StriVectin Super-C Retinol Brighten & Correct Vitamin C Serum ($72)
This does-it-all formula tackles two main visible signs of aging—firmness and lack of radiance—with help from the ultimate duo: retinol and vitamin C.
Boscia Vitamin C with Caviar Lime Booster Serum ($46)
Infused with natural AHAs to gently exfoliate, anti-inflammatory bergamot oil to soothe, and vitamins C and E to brighten and protect skin, this formula is one to try if clear, glowing skin is on the checklist.
Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum ($65)
Fans of Henriksen’s original Truth Serum will love this leveled-up version, packed with 15-percent vitamin C, 5-percent PHAs and hyaluronic acid. It may have just launched this week, but the results are in: An independent eight-week clinical trial showed it delivered brighter, bouncier skin in just seven days.
Indie Lee I-Waken Resurfacing Mask ($48)
This wash-off mask does it all. A blend of vitamin C–rich mango, java plum and banana extracts deliver a jolt of energy to tired-looking skin while kaolin and bentonite clays help clear congested pores and naturally derived BHAs resurface uneven texture.
Protocol Vitamin C Superserum ($72)
The airtight bottle (also bottled in a UV-free environment) allows for the potent concentration of 10-percent vitamin C to remain as stable as possible until the last pump. Translation: better, stronger, faster results for us.
Saint Jane Beauty The C Drops ($90)
What do you get when you combine 20-percent vitamin C, ferulic acid and full spectrum CBD? This luxe, skin-brightening cocktail safe for even the most sensitive skin types.
goop GOOPGLOW 20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($125)
Two superstar ingredients combine in this mix-once-you-buy bottle. Powdered L-ascorbic acid (aka vitamin C) only blends with hyaluronic acid once you’re ready to use it, ensuring maximum potency for longer.
m-61 Vitablast C Face Oil ($78)
The perfect marriage of a hydrator and an oil—add a drop to your foundation for a dew boost if oils aren’t usually your favorite—this nonsticky formula imparts an instant glow as it brightens skin over time with help from 10-percent vitamin C.
Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum ($45)
Sure to be a medicine cabinet–staple, this totally clear, lightly scented option feels soothing on the skin—not too watery, more like an oil—to instantly hydrate and keep it clear thanks to 7.5 percent vitamin C.
Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum ($88)
Cocktailing 20-percent vitamin C and 10-percent AHA, this quick-to-absorb serum battles even stubborn dark spots without any irritation or redness.
Philosophy Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker Eye+ Line-Correcting Eye Cream ($60)
A light blend of vitamin C, sodium hyaluronate and a retinol-like complex helps plump wrinkles and deeply hydrate the eye area in this smooth formula that won’t cake under concealer.
Obagi Clinical Vitamin C + Arbutin Brightening Serum ($90)
Ten percent L-ascorbic acid powers this no-frills, derm-trusted brightener that shields against photo aging, lines and wrinkles. It’s layers perfectly under makeup, so there’s no excuse to skip it.
REN Clean Skincare Glow Daily Vitamin C Gel Cream ($48)
Although my combination/oily skin is partial to its nongreasy effect, all skin types benefit from this bouncy gel-cream option formulated with magnesium and vitamin C.
Allies of Skin Vitamin C 35% Collagen Rebuilding Serum ($118)
Completely free of water to enhance stability (i.e. potency), this heavyweight works to firm up slack skin as it seriously brightens uneven tone, all in a super light, never-greasy formula.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Brightening Face Cream ($230)
For those who prefer a richer consistency than a serum, this 24-hour moisturizer gradually tackles dark spots and signs of aging on the skin via natural cress sprouts, hyaluronic acid and potent vitamin C.
Omorovicza Daily Vitamin C ($150)
Spiked with hyaluronic acid and sodium ascorbyl phosphate (a highly stable form of vitamin C), this luxe, milky serum quenches skin as it reverses dullness.
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