The Best Vitamin C Skincare to Brighten Your Face

These options offer some serious results.

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Now that we’ve learned all about the absolutely incredible powers of vitamin C in our daily skincare regimes, we rounded up our very favorite vitamin C products for you to try out at home.

Seriously: There are so many to choose from, it was hard to narrow them down. (BRB, adding them all to my shopping cart now.)

Natura Bissé C+C Vitamin Complex ($195)

combines high concentrations of vitamin C to firm the skin, protect it from free radicals (like pollution and sun radiation), and hydrate it—all in a fresh citrus scent.

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum ($80)

is a super potent serum that firms and diminishes dark spots without irritating the skin.


Caudalie Vine[Activ] Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum ($52)

zeros in on the environmental damage that causes lines and wrinkles. It’s mixed with hyaluronic acid to assure it’s not drying or irritating on the skin.

Sunday Riley C.E.O. C + E antiOxidant Protect + Repair Moisturizer ($22)

is gentle enough for both morning and night, and is a master at hydrating dry skin. The vitamin C in the product is also THD ascorbate, which is a more stable and less irritating form of the product.

Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil ($54)

is your answer to instant radiance and long-term brightening. The vitamin C oil has wild rose oil, which is nature’s most potent skin brightener—it actually has nine times more vitamin C than orange juice.

Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Eye Cream ($65)

visibly and dramatically reduces the look of dark circles, discoloration, and fine lines. You can’t forget to target the thinnest skin on your face!

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic ($165)

is the crème de la crème of the vitamin C world, and it’s a favorite of beauty editors and dermatologists alike. (Our vitamin C expert, Dr. Tagupa, recommends it too!)

Brace yourself for a long list of benefits—it delivers environmental protection, improves the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and brightens the skin’s complexion. The magical mix is 15 percent pure vitamin C, one percent vitamin E, and 0.5 percent ferulic acid.

La Roche-Posay Active C 10 ($56)

provides the benefits of a vitamin C serum in a lightweight cream with a high concentration of vitamin C mixed with hyaluronic acid. It visibly reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles (and also boosts skin radiance), all while being safe, even on sensitive skin. As an added bonus, it’s also another Dr. Tagupa favorite.

Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster ($49)

also has that magical 15 percent of vitamin C, and is mixed with vitamin E and ferulic acid for brighter, firmer skin. But the best part is, it’s at a really great price point.

Skin Inc. Encapsulated Vitamin C Serum ($45)

is a vitamin super party, including vitamin C, vitamin E, and B6. But what that means for you is your pores are minimized, and your skin is hydrated and balanced.

Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C ($19.50)

is—as the name might suggest—a quick and gentle vitamin C booster to add to your daily regime. But the packaging is what makes this product stand out: It “isolates” the vitamin C until you spritz it, which means it maintains its freshness and provides maximum results.

Kristin Limoges


Kristin can usually be found face, hair, and body masking simultaneously, while thinking-up clever DIYs for her small-space Chinatown apartment. She’s always on the search for the greatest and most life-changing beauty and wellness hacks (hello nootropics and adaptogens) and is happy to report she loves dogs and cats equally.