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Vitamin C Serums

The Five Best with Vitamin C

Reviewed by Marta April 25, 2017 0 Comments

I remember buying my first vitamin C serum, Cellex-C, decades ago in a London department store. It was brown, smelly, terribly drying, irritating and completely ineffective. For years, I stayed away from vitamin C as a topical active, finding that whenever I made an attempt, my initial experience was not a one off. But it’s 2017, and C-based products have come a long way with new formulations that are stable, gentle and very effective. In fact, it is now one of my favorite ingredients. It’s a collagen booster and skin resurfacer that gives results like decreased wrinkle depth and a clearer complexion. So, here, my latest selection of Five Best with vitamin C.

  • Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten and Firm Vitamin C Serum"

    Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten and Firm Vitamin C Serum ($78 in the store). It would not be an exaggeration to describe Dr. Gross as a vitamin C evangelist. He is practically in awe of its unique properties — after all, it is the only antioxidant that can boost collagen. So it isn’t surprising that his newest serum should feature 3-O-ethyl ascorbic acid, a stable form that has also been credited with halting the melanin-biosynthesis pathway in skin, hence it can prevent hyperpigmentation. The collagen aspect of the formula is in the collagen amino acids and carnitine. The “energy complex” also includes the powerful antioxidants niacinamide, CoQ10 and superoxide dismutase. The result, for me, has been clearer, firmer skin.

  • Medik8 CE-Thione Rechargeable Vitamin C Serum

    Medik8 CE-Thione Rechargeable Vitamin C Serum ($150 in the shop). Our reviewer, Tina, put it well when she said that she has “inducted this skin care savior into [her] anti-aging special reserve battalion and Hall of Fame.” There is 15 percent ascorbic acid here, as well as vitamin E, but the clever twist was to add glutathione. This antioxidant recycles other antioxidants. Vitamin C and E do their best to zap free radicals, but it is glutathione that maintains, regulates and recycles them. Hence Medik8 dubbed this serum Rechargeable Vitamin C for its superior stability.

  • Skin 2 Skin 24/7 Rejuvenation Cream

    Skin 2 Skin 24/7 Rejuvenation Cream ($109 in the shop). For those who want their vitamin C to come in a natural form, Skin 2 Skin Care has incorporated an antioxidant SuperOx-C complex from the kakadu plum. This Australian fruit is claimed to have the highest vitamin C content of any superfruit. The SuperOx-C Complex is made by Lucas Meyer and they claim that is has a vitamin C “transporter” called SVCT-1. This is, in fact, one of the key proteins that enables vitamin C uptake.

  • Sciote Vitamin C 20% Super Serum

    Sciote Vitamin C 20% Super Serum ($85 in the shop). With 20 percent vitamin C, this is a serious serum that has a well rounded out formula. Other ingredients include Hyalurosmooth, a natural hyaluronic acid alternative, gotu kola, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), horsetail plant extract, geranium extract, aloe and dandelion. The potent formula has proven very effective at brightening and evening tone without irritating skin.

  • Skinfinite Advanced C20+ Serum

    Skinfinite Advanced C20+ Serum ($65 in the shop). This is a turbocharged vitamin C that is to be used a couple of times a week. So, if you wondering how to fit vitamin C into an already packed regimen, then Skinfinite is a good solution. As well as vitamins C and E, there is ferulic acid, an ingredient that boosts the action of those antioxidants and helps them protect the skin from UV damage. I also love that this serum contains astaxanthin, another antioxidant that, according to research “can significantly prevent UV-induced collagen degradation.”

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