Why You Need a Vitamin C Serum in Your Skincare Routine

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If you're not already harnessing the holy-grail powers of vitamin C in your skincare routine, pay attention. This potent antioxidant is an absolute essential if you're looking to reduce dark spots, boost hydration, and improve the overall texture of your skin. Vitamin C defends against free radicals and increases collagen production, among other miracles. It's easy to incorporate it into your overall skincare routine by using one of our favorite vitamin C serums. Read on to discover the perfect one for you!

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Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Anti Aging Serum
$64.00

Best Overall

The Image Skincare Vital C serum is as close to perfection as it gets. Enhanced with the power of vitamin C, this creamy serum brightens and tightens the skin while supporting collagen production and skin elasticity. It's perfect to prep the skin before putting on your makeup, too. Total bonus: It smells like freshly picked oranges!

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Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum
$18.14

Best Budget Buy

We love Derma E because the brand offers quality skincare at a low price. The brand's Vitamin C Concentrated Serum offers all of the skin-brightening and anti-aging properties of our favorite antioxidant, while also treating the skin to the benefits of hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and aloe. Skin is left looking younger and softer after use over time.

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Skinceuticals C E Ferulic
$167.78

Best Splurge

Skinceuticals' C E Ferulic serum has earned a cult following of beauty junkies and dermatologists alike. This daytime vitamin C serum delivers advanced environmental protection, and it improves the appearance of wrinkles and loss of firmness. It also works to improve the overall brightness of your skin's complexion. It's incredibly effective, and it's worth the splurge if you can swing the price.

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Drunk Elephant C-Firma¬ô Day Serum
$80.00

We're drunk in love with the C-Firma Day Serum. This vitamin-C enhanced cult fave from Drunk Elephant is packed with a 15% solution of a potent antioxidant complex, l-ascorbic and ferulic acids, and vitamin E. It also features a reservoir effect, meaning it'll stay active on skin for up to 72 hours and can't be washed or rubbed off.

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DHC Antiox C Lightweight Face Moisturizer
$37.50

We've never met a DHC product we didn't like. The Antiox C features a whipped, airy texture that blends like a dream on your skin. The lightweight moisturizer is formulated with the age-defying powers of brightening vitamin C and licorice, antioxidant-rich olive oil, soothing aloe, and nourishing vitamin E. 

It can be layered into a cocktail of other serums and moisturizers to act as a brightening booster in your overall routine.

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Joanna Vargas The Rescue Serum
$150.00

Celeb facialist Joanna Vargas literally rescued our skin with this one. The Rescue Serum, designed with dynamic vitamin C, is an anti-aging serum that reduces the appearance of wrinkles, discoloration, and sun damage. It's an amazing pick for your daily serum if you have severe wrinkles to battle.

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InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid
$17.97

For those in search of a more natural serum, the InstaNatural brand boasts a quality product completely free of harmful alcohols, parabens, and sulfates. With vitamin C as its star, this serum also contains a potent blend of hyaluronic acid, ferulic acid, vitamin E, rosehip oil, and argan oil to nourish your skin.

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Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Power Serum
$95.00

The Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C serum is another pick that's on the pricier end of the spectrum, but it provides serious results. This anti-aging and brightening treatment features 20% THD ascorbate, a mega-potent form of vitamin C. It also contains 3% vitamin E and 2% ferulic acid to round out a complete anti-aging treatment your skin will love.

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Vichy LiftActiv Vitamin C Serum Brightening Skin Corrector
$28.50

Vichy's answer to vitamin C serum combines 15% vitamin C and hyaluronic acid for skin that looks brighter and feels firmer in less than two weeks. This formula features fewer than 11 ingredients for a pure serum that'll seriously improve the texture and tone of your skin.

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June Jacobs Elastin Collagen Serum
$120.00

This anti-aging serum from June Jacobs repairs damaged cells and firms the skin. Vitamin C, marine-derived collagen, Co-Q10, tyrosine, botanical antioxidants, and a blend of other hydrators work together to encourage the production of collagen and elastin. Your skin will feel plump, hydrated, and fresh after use.

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