I’ve been using a vitamin C serum on my face every morning for a few months now and notice great results. The powerful antioxidant offers a slew of benefits—from fighting free radical damage to helping stimulate collagen production—without irritating skin and is even good for those who are prone to blemishes. I use serums mostly, but I’m a fan of one particular vitamin C-infused lotion (see below), all which leave skin more glowy, even and plump.
“Vitamin C is an excellent antioxidant that helps quench free radicals that develop in the skin from sun damage,” says New York dermatologist Bruce Katz, MD. “It also helps with collagen building and reduces damage to cells so skin will be healthier and age less rapidly.” There are many formulas out there with age-fighting ingredients, but look for one with L-ascorbic acid (the most natural form), which penetrates skin better. Katz recommends applying a serum after sunscreen (yes, after) in the morning as it augments the benefits of sun protection.
Here are some of my favorite serums (and one lotion) out there that make skin look and feel healthier and younger.
1. Revision Vitamin C Lotion 30% ($98) — Dermatologists favor this brand for its potent active ingredients. This lightweight lotion contains THD ascorbate, a more stabilized vitamin C, which penetrates deeper into the skin to help improve tone, stimulate collagen production and help diminish sun damage. It’s also contains squalane to keep skin hydrated and vitamin E and coenzyme Q10 to protect skin from UV rays.
2. Ole Henriksen truth serum collagen booster ($48) — I love the smell of this serum, which contains orange and grapefruit extract to brighten, green tea extract to protect against damage, and rosehips and vitamin C to build collagen.
3. Citrix Vitamin C Pro-Collagen Brightening Serum ($84) — I was recently introduced to this product by a dermatologist who could not stop raving about it. It is more like a lightweight face oil and is full of high-performance ingredients—arbutin, bearberry extract, embilica, COQ10, L-ascorbic acid—that work to build collagen and help improve skin tone immediately and over time.
4. Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum ($89) — This feels nice on skin and features a fast-acting technology that delivers a potent vitamin C complex to boost clarity and collagen production as well as green tea extract and ectoin to help fight free radical damage.