When we have a flu or cold, we often turn to vitamin C to build up our immune system on top of medicating, but did you know that applying vitamin C topically on skin can help boost collagen production, and brighten overall complexion. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help protect skin against environmental aggressors by neutralising free radical damage.
Here are the best vitamin C serums you should add to your skincare routine for a healthy and youthful complexion.
Formulated with Damascus rose oil, vitamin C and Chios Crystal oil, this facial oil boasts a lightweight texture that absorbs quickly into the skin, while Chios Crystal Oil helps to revitalise and firm your skin. Unlike your usual serums, this oil is best applied after your skincare routine to lock in moisture and deliver a glowing complexion.
For a soft, smooth and bright complexion, peep Tatcha’s Violet-C Brightening Serum. Containing two types of vitamin C, the serum works to defend against irritants and pollution, while the AHAs in the formula helps to brighten and smooth skin. For those who are worried about their spots, the serum is also formulated with Japanese angelica root extract that helps to diffuse hyperpigmentation, spots, discolouration and scarring.
Power packed with vitamin C EAE, pure vitamin C and niacinamide, this potent blend not only helps to brighten your skin but it also protects your skin from UV rays and treats blemishes that have already formed.
If you’re struggling with dryness, dullness or pigmentation, then this serum might just work for you. Made with 15% THD vitamin C and super root turmeric, this serum visibly improves pigmentation and dark spots while evening out your skin tone — you might even notice the difference in your skin after a week’s use.
A hydrating treatment that works to transform the skin, this is an affordable vitamin C serum for those who are looking brighten their skin tone. Its main ingredient is Ascorbyl Glucoside, a water-soluble derivative of Vitamin C. Arriving in a serum form, the vitamin packed solution is stable and effective, whilst also being comfortable to use. The concentrated Vitamin C formula is able to offer antioxidant properties, as well as visibly brightening skin tone and reducing signs of ageing, such as fine lines and wrinkles.
New to Vitamin C? You might want to give this serum by The Inkey List a try. Besides its affordable price point, this fuss-free serum absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave your skin feeling sticky. But that’s not all. The serum also promises to correct and prevent signs of damage by brightening your complexion and boosting collagen production so your face is smooth and plump.
Struggling with post-acne marks or a reactive complexion? You might want to add this serum to your cart. Glow Recipe’s Guava Vitamin C Dark Spot serum is formulated with 5 forms of vitamin C, guava, and tranexamic and ferulic acids for glowing, even-toned skin. The best part about this serum is that it’s also great for all skin types, and that even includes those with sensitive skin.
If you’re dealing with dark spots or discolouration, this Pixi Vitamin C serum might just be your next best friend. The lightweight serum goes on smoothly and absorbs quickly into the skin. Not only does it help to protect you from free radicals and other environmental aggressors, but it also helps to replenish your skin’s moisture to keep it smooth and hydrated.
The key to brighter and healthier-looking skin lies within the ingredients of the product, and a prime example would be the ever-so-popular Vitamin Nectar Glow Juice Antioxidant Face serum from FRESH. Vitamins, minerals, fruits and vegetables combine to impart plush, glowing, and bouncy skin, while coconut oil, vitamins C and E, and beta-carotene, provides your skin with instant hydration and antioxidant protection.
Containing 20 percent tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, what is considered the gold standard for vitamin C derivatives, this serum helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and texture. It also contains ingredients like ferulic acid, a powerful antioxidant, as well a hyaluronic acid to boost skin hydration.
Containing vitamins C, E and ferulic acid, this powerful anti-ageing serum helps skin battle free radical damage and improve overall texture, tone and smoothness of skin.
This serum contains 15 percent tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (THD ascorbate), which is highly stable and oil-soluble. This means it can penetrate skin easily to improve collagen production, thus reducing the appearance of fine lines.
The LiftActiv Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector contains only 11 ingredients including vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to brighten and firm skin. It’s also dermatologist tested, and formulated without the use of parabens and fragrances – ideal for those with sensitive skin.
Although the Allies of Skin 20% Vitamin C Brighten + Firm Serum has a waterless formula, it’s still amazingly lightweight. Supercharged with 20% Ethylated L-Ascorbic Acid, this serum helps to intensely brighten, firm and provide antioxidant protection for all skin types.
Combining 15% L-ascorbic acid with lactic acid, this serum helps to firm and brighten skin, while fading dark spots. But that’s not all. In fact, the serum also boosts your skin’s moisture levels, so it stays soft and plump throughout the day.
Containing a mix of 15 percent l-ascorbic acid, 0.5 percent ferulic acid and 1 percent vitamin E, the C-Firma™ Day Serum helps to neutralise damage caused for environmental pollutants. Over time, skin appears brighter and firmer, as collagen production is improved and photo damage is diminished.
This article was first published in Harper’s Bazaar Singapore. Additional reporting: Shazrina Shamsudin/Her World