Do you really need vitamin C in your skincare routine?
Let me be honest here.
The two things you absolutely need in a skincare routine are a great cleanser and a reliable moisturizer.
Everything else is a bonus unless you’re targeting a very specific concern, like acne.
While vitamin C certainly falls into the “bonus” category, the benefits make this might ingredient worth incorporating into your routine.
Vitamin C helps:
- Defend against free radicals
- Boost the power of your SPF
- Increase collagen production
- Prevent hyperpigmentation
- Brighten dark spots
Not to mention, it gives your skin an undeniable glow!
Check out this post for an in-depth breakdown of what to look for when shopping for vitamin C serums.
If your skin tends to get oily throughout the day, I suggest you apply your vitamin C serum at night*.
This way, you still soak up the benefits without messing with your day look!
*Make sure you don’t layer vitamin C with any chemical exfoliants, like lactic acid or salicylic acid.
For layering tips, check out this post!
Top 5 favorite clean vitamin C serums:
Summer Fridays CC Me Serum
This Summer Fridays serum is one of the best out there. It gives your skin an instant glow and smells fantastic. Like a yummy, light vanilla scent! Even though this serum is a bit pricey, we find a little goes a long way due to its thicker texture.
Cocokind Vitamin C Serum with Sea Grape Caviar
This budget-friendly, clean serum by Cocokind contains aloe as its base making it ultra-hydrating yet light. It instantly brightens your skin and gives you a perfectly dewy look. Not to mention, this has one of the cleanest lists of ingredients out there and is available at Target. Win, win!
Naturium Vitamin C Complex Serum
Another budget-friendly Target fav is this Naturium serum! The consistency can be a bit sticky, but it layers perfectly under moisturizer. It has no scent, so it’s perfect for sensitive skin. And, after a few weeks of consistent application, you can actually see a difference in the tone and texture of your skin!
Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Fresh Day Serum
Of course, we couldn’t write a vitamin C post without mentioning Drunk Elephant C-Firma. This has been a go-to for Sam for many years! While the priciest serum on our list, it does give you a bang for your buck. The glow you get from this is unbeatable! Note: DE now offers a new version of this serum where you mix a liquid base with a powder. We’re not sure if this version is as effective as the original, but it’s worth trying if you’re willing to invest.
Versed Found the Light Powder
Two things we love about the Versed Vitamin C Powder are: long shelf-life and controls shine. If you’re on the oily side of the skin type spectrum, you will love this one! You simply mix a few shakes of this powder with your favorite moisturizer and away you go. No oily residue, no stickiness, no pilling. Plus, it lasts foreverrrrr.
Did any of your go-tos make the list?
If not, comment below with your favorite serum so we can add it to our list!
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Happy glowing, friends!