In fact, Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and ascorbic acid. Studies show that it stimulates collagen synthesis as well as protects against UV damage, so Vitamin C is a key player in maintaining healthy, bright and glowing skin.
While a healthy diet loaded with fresh fruits and veggies is probably the simplest way to improve your skin health, Vitamin C serums are another way to lock down those vitamins while sealing in moisture.
If you already have a beauty routine that’s seven steps long, don’t fret. Here’s how to wear a Vitamin C serum: Apply the serum to gently cleansed skin after toning, but before moisturizing. Think of the serum as a primer that’ll help lock in your everyday SPF moisturizer.
Whether you have dry skin, oily skin, acne scars or fine lines, or just want something to diminish dark spots, there’s a Vitamin C serum below for everyone. We’ve even included ratings and reviews for these top sellers, so you can find the right serum for your skin.
Below, 10 of the best Vitamin C serums at Sephora, according to reviewers:
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Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum 20% Vitamin C + 10% AHA
Rating: 4.9 stars
Promising review: "This product goes on nice and smooth and feels nice on your skin. It feels refreshing and smells nice. AHA is a great ingredient to add because it smooths skin and helps erase scars and other skin imperfections. I think this product has definitely helped smooth out and even out my skin tone."
Promising review: "I've only been using this several days now, and there is already a noticeable difference in my skin tone. I have intensely dry/dehydrated skin and have been using 3 drops morning and evening in conjunction with my moisturizer. Almost all the redness around the center of my face is gone. It smells lovely, too."
Promising review: "I absolutely love this product. It is one of the few products that I buy repeatedly. It is like liquid gold. My skin has been so clear and bright since using this everyday. Highly recommended. But you do need to use a moisturizer over it, especially if you have dry skin."
Promising review: "I have very stubborn acne prone skin and I often have clogged pores (aka tiny bumps) and large cystic acne on my chin area. This serum has made my skin smooth, soft and poreless! I’ve noticed a huge improvement in the texture of my skin and fewer breakouts or clogged pores."
Promising review: "Omg I have never seen a fast result from using a product in my life. It has been a 5 days since I started using it and I can already see my acne scars fading away and my skin feeling plump and healthy."
Promising review: "This serum is WONDERFUL. I have pigmentation issues on my face and this has really helped. Make sure you are wearing SPF every day while using this product and let your skin absorb the serum for the suggested minute."
Promising review: "I hate that this serum works so well because it's so expensive, but it genuinely does exactly what it says it's going to do: it brightens, plumps, and tones immediately after first use. I've tried so many vitamin C serums to help with my hyper-pigmentation and this is really the only product that's made a noticeable difference."
Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate 12.5% Vitamin C
Rating: 3.8 stars
Promising review: "I break out very easily, and almost all moisturizers make my skin even oilier than it already is. I was thrilled with how well this moisturized my skin without causing any breakouts or shine."