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A few years ago, my take on vitamin C as an anti-aging topical for the face was that I didn’t get it – too drying, often irritating, usually not much effect. Recently though, I have become a total convert to vitamin C serums by finding extremely well-formulated vitamin C serums that use stable, potent and gentle actives. In fact, vitamin C serums are now amongst my favorite new finds, and I now consider vitamin C essential to my regimen. Here are my newest Five Best serums with vitamin C.
Five Best Vitamin C Serums
Medik8 CE-Tetra ($140 in the shop). I am using this vitamin C serum to repair sun damage on my neck, and I am excited by the results. This pared back formula has vitamins C and E and that’s about it. What makes Medik8’s vitamin C serum a standout is that it has a 7% concentration of tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate. This form of vitamin C rates as potent, gentle and non-drying. It is stable and can be used in lower concentrations than some other forms of vitamin C. Read my full review and don’t just take my word for it – our reviewer Nina exclaimed that “It now tops my list of skincare standouts.” Read Tina’s review.
Your Best Face Advanced CE Concentrate ($50 in the shop). It has no less than three forms of vitamin C, amounting to a concentration of 8.7%. They were chosen for their stability and performance: tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate/ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate/MAP and aminopropyl ascorbyl phosphate/AAP. The formula is rounded out with vitamin E. Note there’s nothing nasty, and the preservative is natural radish root ferment. Great price to quality ratio. Read my full review and see reviewer, Karen’s before and after pictures.
E’shee Serum Vitalizing C ($119 in the shop). A Five Best vitamin C pick for the third year running, E’shee has 20% vitamin C that is supposed to remain active in the skin for up to 48 hours. Here, liposomes stabilize the vitamin C and ensure that it is delivered more efficiently into the cells. The slow release also makes it suitable for sensitive skin. Along with liposome vitamin C, this serum gives us copper PCA as well as antioxidants mulberry and ginkgo biloba. Ginkgo biloba is an anti-inflammatory too. A high-quality product that is deservedly a two-year winner in the Five Best vitamin C serum category. Read the full review.
Lather Vitamin C Peptide Renewal ($58 in the shop). If you are looking for a vitamin C serum that is flanked by other very useful anti-agers and has a very good price to quality ratio, then get this on your radar. Along with ascorbic acid, there are amino acids, niacin, and two peptides. Read my full review.
Your Best Face Restore ($120 in the shop) is a potion to even skin tone and decrease hyperpigmentation and scarring. I’ve seen very distinct freckle fading with the use of Restore. Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate is the dominant ingredient after water and is given a powerful helping hand in the skin lightening department by a hefty dose of alpha arbutin and niacin. There are also YBF’s signature free-radical scavengers, spin trap and lipochroman-6. Read my full review.
Ingredients in Our Five Best Vitamin C Serums:
Ingredients in Medik8 CE Tetra: Simmondsia Chinensis Oil, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Tocopherol (D-Alpha)
Ingredients in YBF Advanced CE: Reverse Osmosis Water, Olivem (Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate), Vitamin C (Tetrahexydecyl Ascorbate/Ascrobyl Tretraispalmitate, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate/MAP, Vitamin C (Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate/AAP), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Vitamin E Succinate, Leucidal (Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Alpha Bisabolol
Ingredients in E’shee Vitalising C: Aqua, Liposome Vitamin C, 1.3 Butylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Phenyltrimethicone, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Polysorbate 80, Morus Alba (Mulberry) Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Polyglceryl-3 Diisostearate, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Copper PCA, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, D-Limonene, Citral
Ingredients in Lather Vitamin C Peptide: Water (Aqua), Glycine Soja, Glycerine, Phospholipids, Ascorbic Acid Glucoside, Niacin, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, L-Alanine, Carboxymethylglucan, Glycine, Glycogen, L-Proline, Vitis Vinifera Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Octanoic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Oligopeptide-20, Panthenol, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol Acetate, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5
Ingredients in YBF Restore: Reverse Osmosis Water, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (Vitamin C), Alpha Arbutin, Ppg5 Ceteth-20, Vitamin B5, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Niacin, Spin Trap (Phenyl Butyl Nitrone), Vitamin E, C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate-20, Lipochroman-6 (Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol), Triethanolamine, Paraben Du