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This post has been updated: Five Best with Vitamin C 2014

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.

Read my post on how to choose the best vitamin C active

  • Medik8 CE-Tetra

    Medik8 CE-Tetra ($115 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. Don’t just take my word for it — our reviewer Nina exclaimed, “It now tops my list of skincare standouts.”

  • Your Best Face Advanced CE Concentrate

    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.

  • E'shee Serum Vitalizing C

    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.

  • Lather Vitamin C Peptide Renewal

    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.

  • Your Best Face Restore

    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.