Getting older is inevitable, but looking like it is totally optional. And we don't mean pricey (and invasive) treatments like Botox and fillers. We're talking about good old vitamin C.

Vitamin C is the holy grail of anti-aging ingredients. It brightens, tones and smooths skin back to its glory days by protecting it from free radicals and boosting collagen levels. And while its anti-aging effects are comparable to retinol's, it won't leave skin overly dry or super sensitive to the sun. Ready to turn back the clock? Here are four of our favorite vitamin C serums at every price point.

 

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Amazon

TruSkin Vitamin C Serum

At least 20 percent of the skin-brightening antioxidant is recommended for visible results and this serum fits the bill.

Buy It ($20)

Dermstore

Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Power Serum

The creamy consistency of this serum makes it feel more nourishing while delivering a powerful blast of the good stuff to target the signs of aging.

Buy It ($95)

Dermstore

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

This product has a cult following for a reason—the addition of vitamin E and ferulic acid enhance the effects of the star ingredient like nothing else.

Buy It ($166)

Ulta

Dermadoctor Kakadu C 20% Vitamin C Serum with Ferulic Acid & Vitamin E

Want the extra ingredients without paying the SkinCeuticals price tag? This brand includes all the same components, while also packing in 5 percent more vitamin C.

Buy It ($95)

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