The 9 Best Vitamin C Serums For Glowier, Smoother Skin

I mean, what can't C do?


Women's Health |

Vitamin C is like the superstar of skincare — it’s basically flawless. Why are dermatologists such fans of the antioxidant? “Vitamin C has a wonderful duality: it both brightens and firms skin,” says Dr Dennis Gross, a board-certified dermatologist at Dr. Dennis Gross Dermatology. “Because it’s so versatile, it is one of my favorite ingredients.”

He’s not alone in this opinion, either: “I am a vitamin C junkie,” says dermatologist and Women’s Health advisory board member Dr Mona Gohara. “I think of it like a LBD [little black dress] — it makes everyone look good.”

Not only will the best vitamin C serums help lighten pigmentation you might already have, but they can also prevents dark spots or sun spots from forming in the future, says Dr Gross.

Vitamin C also produces collagen, giving skin radiance and vitality, and protects skin by neutralizing free radicals. “Think of free radicals as tiny spears that poke holes in your collagen fibres and weaken them,” says Dr Gross. “Antioxidants, like vitamin C, cut off the pointy tips of the spear and render them harmless.”

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To reap the most rewards, apply your vitamin C serum the right way: “You should ensure that skin is properly cleansed and exfoliated for maximum penetration of the vitamin C serum,” Dr Gross says. “You can incorporate the vitamin C serum into your morning or evening routine, however I prefer to use the serum in the morning so I can walk out the door knowing that my skin is protected from damaging free radicals all day long.” Apply it right after cleansing and follow with moisturizer and sunscreen.

These are the best vitamin C serums for any budget:

1/ Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules

These dry oil serum capsules help to visibly brighten skin, even tone and protect against premature signs of ageing.

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Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules

R 1 025

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2/ SkinFood Yuja Water C Serum

Helps to recover the normal PH balance of your skin with the help of the Japanese citron fruit called ‘Yuja’.

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SkinFood Yuja Water C Serum

R 500

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3/SVR Hydracid C20 Créme

This creme tackles dull skin and wrinkles with its powerful 20% concentration of optimized vitamin C.

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SVR Hydracid C20 Créme

R 726

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4/ Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10%

Unique de-ageing Booster harnesses the full power of pure, fresh Vitamin C at our highest concentration to brighten, even and retexturize skin.

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CLINIQUE Fresh Pressed™ Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10%

R 1100

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5/ Payot My Payot Concentré Éclat

Highly-concentrated in vitamin C and anti-oxidant super fruits. This serum boosts the radiance of dull, tired-looking skin and helps to protect it from everyday stress.

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Payot My Payot Concentré Éclat

R 790

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6/ Lamelle Correctives Vita-C Lipid Serum

Lamelle Vita-C Lipid Serum is a high-potency Vitamin C Serum that brightens and hydrates. Good news: it’s suitable for all skin types, especially those with sensitive and intolerant skin.

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Lamelle Correctives Vita-C Lipid Serum

R 849

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7/ Skoon Wow-Wow Wonder

The hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and phytic acid in this serum pack a serious punch. Happy skin, here we come!

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Skoon Wow-Wow Wonder

R 489

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8/ REN Radiance Perfection Serum

This multi-active serum is formulated to boost the skin’s energy cycle, visibly improving skin tone and radiance.

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REN Radiance Perfecting Serum

R 780

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9/ The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Reviver

Think of this little bottle as a ‘wake-up call’ for your complexion — perfect for dull, tired and grumpy skin!

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The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Reviver

R 260

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