The Truth about Vitamin C Serums

Give your skin a serious boost by including a Vitamin C serum into your skincare routine.  Honestly, it should be a staple.  It brightens and tightens, helps even out skin-tone, boosts production of collagen, and helps keep wrinkles at bay leaving you with a young and healthy, glowing face.  So put that glass of orange juice down and pick up that serum, babyyyyyy!

When to Apply a Vitamin C Serum

If you’ve ever looked up when to apply Vitamin C serums you’ll notice that there are varying opinions.  Morning only, night only, twice a day…  I however, prefer to wear mine at night and here is why.

Vitamin C is a badass when fighting off free radicals from the environment and sun, basically acting like a sunscreen which is why some people may advocate for morning use.  However, others say that it break-downs as it’s kicking radical ass which can prevent it from fully absorbing into your skin and may mean your skin isn’t getting the full benefit.

My suggestion is to use as directed and if you do apply in the morning, remember there is absolutely no substitute for SPF.  WEAR SPF EVERY. DAMN. DAY.  And I mean rain or shine, summer or winter.  PROTECT YOUR SKIN!

5 Best in Class Vitamin C Serums

Now that we got that out of the way, check out some of the below best in class serums.

*Indicates products that are not tested on animals

The Ordinary $5.80*

If you’ve been reading anything about skincare you have no doubt heard about The Ordinary.  They make some amazing high-end products without the high-end price tag and people are dying over their offering. Their line-up includes a variety of Vitamin C products, but their Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% is the top seller.  This isn’t technically a serum but it does provide a fairly high concentration of vitamin C right to the face however, there may be a bit of tingling the first couple weeks of use.  A small price to pay for glowing skin if you ask me!

Skinceuticals C E Ferulic $165

This is an award winning serum that is comprised of 15% pure vitamin C, 1% vitamin E, and 0.5% ferulic acid. It creates an ultimate defense against free radicals that lead to aging skin and works for all skin types.

Glossier Super Glow $28*

I may have a huge girl crush on Emily Weiss but that’s not why I’m suggesting this serum. This Vitamin C is combined with Magnesium to give your skin the energy if you haven’t been getting enough sleep and it’s impacting your skin.  You may feel tired on the inside, but your skin definitely shouldn’t show it.

Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Day Serum $80*

Similar to Skinceuticals C E Ferulic as the serum contains 15% L-ascorbic acid plus ferulic acid and 1% vitamin E.  This serum has a pH level of 3.3, which (direct from the Sephora website) Drunk Elephant believes is the key to a non-irritating, effective formulation that delivers real results.  And another product line I can’t turn a corner without hearing about!

Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate $62

Kiehl’s has been around since the dawn of time so they should know how to make a great product and they have a serious fan following. With 12.5% vitamin C, this is a good alternative if the higher levels of L-ascorbic acid are a bit too much for your skin. It also contains plant-based glycerin which helps keep your skin moisturized. GLOW BABY!!

Go forth and Vitamin C and let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below or dropping a note here!

XOXO,

Mary

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