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Ah, vitamin C. We meet again. As any skin care aficionado knows, this potent ingredient increases cell turnover, boosts collagen and reverses signs of aging. So if you’re in the market for a youthful glow for decades to come, reach for a quality vitamin C serum and don’t let go. 

A quick note: Everyone’s skin reacts differently to products, especially when acid is involved. Vitamin C is known to have an adjustment period of three to four weeks, so if at first your skin breaks out or seems irritated, stick with it. Try decreasing use to every other day and make sure you’re only using a few drops (like, one or two for your whole face).

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Instanatural Skin Brightening Serum

This vegan and cruelty-free formula (A+ right away for production) utilizes both vitamin C and alpha arbutin from bearberries to even out skin tone and tackle dark spots. We appreciate the addition of hyaluronic acid and niacinamide to this serum; both maintain hydration and plump up fine lines. Rave reviews claim the serum also works wonders against acne, which everyone can appreciate.  

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CeraVe Skin Renewing Vitamin C Serum

Products with a 10% concentration of vitamin C, like CeraVe Skin Renewing Vitamin C Serum, are ideal. That’s because it is a typically unstable ingredient and can deteriorate quickly. The higher the percentage, the less stable the product. That doesn’t mean higher concentrations should be avoided, it just means they may not last as long (a dark yellowish or orangey hue means the serum has probably oxidized and isn’t good anymore). The CeraVe brand is notoriously compatible with sensitive skin types, and the ceramides in its formula rebuild skin’s outer barriers to protect and hydrate. 

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Obagi Professional-C Serum 15%

If you decide to invest in a vitamin C serum above 10%, we highly recommend a medical-grade product like Obagi Professional-C Serum. Medical-grade brands typically deliver better rates of absorption into your skin and the formulas are more stable despite their higher concentration. With this product, less is more, meaning your bottle will last longer and you’ll see results sooner.

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Derma E Vitamin C Intense Night Cream

Studies have shown combining Vitamins E and C in skin care products increases Vitamin C’s effectiveness in treating dark spots and rejuvenating skin. A night cream like this is perfect for bedtime application because it gives your skin a chance to recharge and detox while you sleep.   

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Spascriptions Rose, Gold and Cucumber Gel Face Masks

If you want just a small dose of vitamin C, opt for a product with less intensity. Spascriptions Rose Gel Face Mask contains vitamin C but also saturates the skin with vitamin A (good for acne), vitamin E (enhances the effects of vitamin C) and rose flower extract (soothes irritation). 

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Olay Mist Ultimate Hydration Essence with Vitamin C

For a final flourish, spritz this combination of vitamin C and bergamot onto your face before you walk out the door. It’ll provide just the brightening boost you need to tackle the day.

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