Vitamin C has become a recent skincare buzzword – and with good reason. It’s one of the few proven anti-agers, thanks to its ability to boost collagen production and protect skin from external damage. But even for those on the youthful end of the spectrum, vitamin C can be a good idea, as it is one of the best ingredients for giving skin a glow.
Vitamin C skincare can be confusing, though. The ingredients come in many forms (although ascorbic acid is the most prevalent and well-researched) and is only effective at a fairly high potency. The other issue? It’s incredibly unstable, meaning it can be difficult to formulate vitamin C products that are actually nice to use. But luckily for you, I’ve found some. Here’s my roundup of the best in vitamin C skincare.
Top of my list (and, like, every vitamin C list everywhere) is the Skinceuticals C E Ferulic. This is the gold standard of vitamin C serum, with a price tag to match. Although it has an … interesting scent, it feels basically like a watery serum, and absorbs quickly and sits nicely. It’s very potent, so newbies may wish to ease in with use a couple of times a week. If it’s anti-ageing you’re after, this is well worth investigating.
A slightly cheaper alternative (and with the legal battles of patents to prove it) is the Drunk Elephant C Firma Day Serum. To me, this serum feels a little more oil (which is by no means a bad thing) but it has that signature barbeque-beef aroma. What I particularly love about this option is the airtight packaging – genius, when you’re considering an ingredient as volatile as vitamin C.
A serum I think is woefully underhyped is the Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum. I love the texture of this – it’s like a water gel, which feels lightly hydrating, but absorbs very quickly and never disrupts moisturiser or makeup. Again, it has the meaty, metallic scent, and it also comes in an airtight pump bottle, which is excellent news.
A more mid-range option is the Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum. This is a great beginner’s vitamin C serum, as it’s effective without being in any way aggressive. It has no scent and has a light, silky texture. The downside? That dropper bottle! Why??
For those on a tighter budget but still wanting to experiment with vitamin C, I have two surprisingly excellent options. The first is The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone. To stabilise the vitamin C in this product, The Ordinary has kept the solution completely water free, which is smart, but gives the product a slightly bizarre texture. It sort of feels like a pore-filling primer packed with grit. It’s effective, but better used at night, as it doesn’t play well with makeup.
An absolute gem, though, is the Garden Of Wisdom Vitamin C Serum 23% + Ferulic Acid. If you’d told me this was a £100 vitamin C serum, I would have totally bought it – right down to that airtight, pump packaging. Top marks all around.
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