Among skin care enthusiasts and those in the know, Vitamin C has long been a staple in our morning and evening routines. Now, new data shows that the secret is out. Pinterest unveiled their top beauty trends for 2018 using data gathered from over 2 billion pins and 48 million beauty pinners—and it turns out, Vitamin C has beat out all others as the ingredient that everyone is searching for right now. In fact, year over year, search volume for vitamin C has increased over 3000 percent, the biggest increase in interest among all the top beauty trends this year.
Vitamin C has a number of beauty benefits—it’s a powerful antioxidant that fights against free radicals caused by environmental factors like pollution and sun exposure, stimulates collagen and brightens skin (perhaps what it’s best known for). Some of the most powerful anti-aging products on the market with cult followings (such as SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic) harness Vitamin C to deliver major results for their users. Curious, but not sure where to start with this ingredient? Below we’ve rounded up five Vitamin C products to fit everyone’s needs, whether you’re just starting out with the ingredient or are already a hardcore user.
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For the Vitamin C noob
This wet-or-dry cleansing oil works for all skin types, plays nice with other skin care products and easily washes away impurities while leaving skin more even, brighter and smoother. It’s the perfect way to introduce the ingredient to your routine without having to add too many steps or switch out products.
For those who prefer their Vitamin C in a clean formulation
15% Vitamin C is packed into this super clean (no controversial chemicals or ingredients here) formula also combines nutrients, enzymes, vitamin C and peptides to address a slew of skin issues ranging from dark spots and wrinkles to dullness and lack of hydration. The best part, once absorbed, this formula stays active on the skin for up to 72 hours, so you know the benefits are working overtime.
For those who like their Vitamin C in a ritual
Incorporating this holy grail ingredient can be as easy as applying a few drops of serum before bed, but if you prefer luxuriating in the experience of skin care, this dual step mask is your answer. A potent combination of Vitamin C and lactic acid help to exfoliate and brighten, resulting in a super satisfying masking experience where you peel—and instantly reveal—more youthful looking skin.
For the person who just wants that one Vitamin C product that never fails
SkinCeuticals CS Ferulic ($166)
Thousands of five-star reviews can’t be wrong: women of all ages, skin types and skin tones swear by the youth-enhancing powers of this Vitamin C serum. 15 percent Vitamin C, 1 percent vitamin E and 0.5% ferulic acid is the magical combination that helps to even skin tone, diminish discoloration, firm, brighten and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles—all just by using a few drops a day.
For the super advanced Vitamin C Connoisseur
Designed to penetrate deep into skin and intended for more mature complexions and those suffering from sun damage, this serum harnesses a super potent concentration of vitamin C with hyaluronic acid to plump, smooth and brighten skin while encouraging collagen and elastin.
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