10 Of The Best Vitamin C Serums For Bright, Even-Toned Skin
Because who doesn’t want healthy, radiant skin?
Vitamin C is the antioxidant that promises everything from even skin tone, free radical protection, improved texture, diminished fine lines and plump skin. It’s a staple that is incredibly effective at keeping its word, which is why it’s widely used and recommended—consider it the Little Black Dress of your skin wardrobe. Despite this, vitamin C is also known for being unstable which makes finding the right formula a little tricky, even if it has become a mainstay in our thoughtful beauty regimens.
So, to cut-through all the noise and make your vitamin C selection a little easier, we round up some of the best topical serums to help you achieve that lit-from-within glow.
Naturium Vitamin C Complex Serum
For a formula that won’t break the bank or your skin barrier, Naturium’s Vitamin C Complex Serum is a heavy hitter. The texture is super lightweight, making it easy to introduce into your current skincare regimen. The formula itself draws on highly concentrated yet highly stabilised pure l-ascorbic acid, and bioactive Kakadu plum duo, meaning, great shelf life! Oh and it’s clinically proven to improve the appearance of fine lines in just four weeks. Say no more.
Timeless Skincare 20% Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid and Vitamin E
For a megadose of vitamin C, Timeless Skincare’s 20% Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid and Vitamin E blend will have your skin feeling brightened and even in no time. The non-greasy formula absorbs quickly, promotes healthy cell turnover to decrease hyperpigmentation, is a collagen builder in a bottle and protects against environmental aggressors. It’s also enriched with vitamin E and ferulic acid for anti-inflammatory protection for stressed out skin and stabilisation.
Geek & Gorgeous 101 C-Glow
Geek & Gorgeous’s 101 C-Glow is pure vitamin C at its finest! The water-light formula contains 15 percent pure vitamin C & dimethyl isosorbide to give you a healthy glow, even and firm the skin. And let us tell you high grades means high results. While we know that pure vitamin C is a clinically proven superstar that comes with a sleuth of benefits, it’s handy to know that pure vitamin C formulas do have a short shelf life due to its pure acid content.
SHOP NOW: Geek & Gorgeous 101 C-Glow, $22
Sunday Riley C.E.O Vitamin C Brightening Serum
Sunday Riley C.E.O 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum works a treat at minimising dark spots, fine lines and loss of elasticity as it features a highly stable and oil-soluble form of vitamin C known as THD ascorbate. It’s gentle yet powerful and also features a phytosterols complex to soothe and reduce inflammation and sensitivity and, surprisingly, glycolic acid to gently lift away dead skin cells and boost cellular turnover.
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
You’ve most likely heard of this award winning formula as the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum is approved by dermatologists and editors alike. It’s fast-absorbing, non-tacky, easy to add into any skincare routine and comes with some serious skin improvement. Suitable for all skin types, the ferulic acid present ensures that the product is stable and vitamin E works at reducing damage caused by inflammation. Your skin will feel softer, glowy and plump in no time as the brand is intent on research, development, testing and formulation and only works with high-quality ingredients.
SHOP NOW: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, $236
Go-To Much Brighter Skin
Go-To Much brighter skin delivers results without pilling, making it easy to slot into your skincare routine pre-makeup application. As the name suggests you’ll find yourself with much brighter skin thanks to its gentle formulation and a mix of hardworking ingredients which include cult favourites niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, rosemary extract and vitamin E. You won’t experience any stinging, bad smells or adverse reactions. Just pure good stuff (non irritating sodium ascorbyl phosphate to be exact).
SHOP NOW: Go-To Much Brighter Skin, $59
Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster
Containing one of the most stable forms of vitamin C, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster is an ‘easy to reach for’ serum. Spiked with nourishing ceramides and peptides to help repair the skin barrier, and created with such a stable form of the ingredient, it’s the perfect option for those with sensitive skin who typically can’t tolerate the active.
SHOP NOW: Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster, $72
Restore radiance with Medik8’s reformulated C-TETRA Lipid Vitamin C Antioxidant Serum. This vitamin C is back and better than ever thanks to a duo of gentle tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate and hydrating Jojoba Oil (a wax ester similar to the skin’s natural lipids and a perfect carrier for tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate). The formula is potent, with low irritation and low risk of degrading making the serum highly effective throughout its full shelf life. You’ll be sure to get through the whole entire bottle without the oncoming of a funky smell.
SHOP NOW: Medik8 C-TCTRA, $86
Summer Fridays CC Serum
Summer Friday’s best-selling CC Serum is formulated with 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid and niacinamide (a.k.a. Vitamin B) and smooths evenly onto the skin without feeling tacky. Made with all skin types in mind, the serum is non-comedogenic (so it won’t clog your pores) and is infused with squalane to add a boost of hydration. In our books, Summer Friday’s can do no wrong!
SHOP NOW: Summer Fridays CC Serum, $113
Drunk Elephant C Firma Fresh Day Serum
Cult favourite brand Drunk Elephant has always been known for its highly potent C Firma Serum (before and after its reformulation). For the ultimate shelf life the serum is now designed to be mixed by you before first use an is infused with pumpkin ferment extract, sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer, a powerful antioxidant complex of 15% l-ascorbic acid, 1% vitamin E and 0.5% ferulic acid. The result? Ultimate luminosity, minimised signs of photoaging, protection against free radicals and gentle enzymatic exfoliation.