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The one ingredient that everyone could benefit from using on their skin? Why that would be vitamin C, of course. Not only does it protect against free radical damage, but it also lightens pigmentation and increases collagen production, making it the ultimate multitasker in your routine. Here are five well-priced options for you to consider adding to your cart now.

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Neogen Real Vita C Powder Lemon

Meet the vitamin C powder that, until this week, had a 2,000-person waiting list. Packed with a whopping 17 percent ascorbic acid, it makes dull, tired skin instantly brighter and softer to the touch. Plus, the powder formula ensures easier travel and a longer shelf life. To use, mix one scoop with your favorite toner or serum (preferably one that doesn’t contain AHAs, BHAs or retinol) and apply. Note: If the texture is still a bit grainy, just add a little more liquid to the mix.

Buy it ($20)

Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop

For the folks who have super-sensitive skin that seemingly reacts to everything, give this gentle serum a try. It has a lower concentration of vitamin C that’s boosted with fruit extracts (like grapefruit) and buffered with soothing ingredients like centella asiatica (aka tiger grass) to quell any inflammation. All you get is brightening without the burn.

Buy it ($23)

Maelove The Glow Maker Antioxidant Serum

The brainchild of a skin-care-obsessed MIT grad, cancer and brain researchers and chemical engineers, this cult serum has quickly amassed a loyal following. We’re guessing that has something to do with the smart formulation that includes 15 percent L-asorbic acid (aka vitamin C), as well as vitamin E, ferulic and hyaluronic acids for a silky-smooth application that doesn’t feel sticky on your skin and leaves a youthful glow behind. (Mae they never discontinue it.)

Buy it ($28) 

Vichy Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector

Dark spots be damned. This French import serves 15 percent pure vitamin C with hyaluronic acid to help tone, soften and brighten up your skin. (It’s also fragrance-free, in case you’re someone who is easily bothered by scent.) For optimal results, layer four to five drops on clean skin every morning and let it absorb for a couple minutes before topping everything off with sunscreen.

Buy it ($29)

TruSkin Vitamin C Serum

It’s one of Amazon’s best sellers for a reason (with close to 7,000 reviews singing its praises). Using a trio of vitamin C, E and hyaluronic acid, it’s a straight-forward serum that addresses a host of issues—from fine lines to acne scars and a loss of firmness in skin. In fact, the brand is so confident about the product that it has a 90-day return policy. No questions asked.

Buy it ($20)

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