8 Best Brightening Vitamin C Serums

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Vitamin C is a popular skincare ingredient that’s been in high demand. Vitamin C is packed with antioxidants and has been shown to improve skin texture and tone as well as fight against signs of aging such dark spots, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and aging. It also hydrates, increases collagen production, brightens and provides anti-inflammatory effects,” Geeta Yadav M.D., a dermatologist who founded Skin Science Dermatology.

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Danusia Wnek, Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab Chemist, says that vitamin C is also known as L-ascorbic and ascorbic acids. Vitamin C provides antioxidant protection because it uses electrons for the neutralization of free radicals found in skin due to environmental stressors such as solar radiation and pollution. Vitamin C also blocks melanin, or pigmentation, so it can brighten the skin. Dr. Yadav explained that vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient and can be applied topically in many forms, including vitamin serums.

Multi-Correxion Revive + Glow Everyday Serum

Roc’s drugstore-value serum, which has been awarded the GH Beauty Award, is high in vitamins and antioxidants. This unique combination of vitamin C, castor oils, and glycerin helps to moisturize and brighten the skin. According to GH Beauty Lab reviews, 94% of users reported a more even skin tone after daily use. One Amazon reviewer shared, “I am nearly done with my first bottle vitamin C serum and I feel my skin is clear.” This serum is amazing!

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Revitalift Vitamin C Serum

This L’Oreal product is designed to maximize skin absorption. The airtight packaging ensures that the vitamin C inside remains stable and effective. It’s a great product for hyperpigmentation, as it is recommended by our Lab experts. Because the needle can be used to pinpoint problem areas, it’s great for dark spots. This serum is loved by reviewers for its ability to make skin look brighter and more supple.

Fresh Pressed 7 Day System

Clinique keeps the vitamin C fresh and potent by keeping it isolated. Press the button to activate the vitamin C powder in an emulsion serum. This ensures maximum efficiency and a powerful product that will perfect your skin. Some users report that they noticed a reduction in acne scarring within one week. However, some others have noted mild reddening or dryness due to excessive use.

Grapefruit Daily Brightening Serum

Dr. Yadav says, “I love this treatment for something a little easier and a great way to get vitamin C.” It’s easy to find, gentle on skin, and also contains grapefruit which adds another ingredient to the mix. It can be applied directly to your skin, or mixed with your favorite serums or moisturizers.

Active C10

This serum by La Roche-Posay is great for dry skin. It contains 10% vitamin C, hyaluronic acids, and has the ability to hydrate and plump your skin. It is also claimed to reduce wrinkles and fill in lines. La Roche-Posay thermal water can also be used to soothe and repel free radicals. One reviewer shared that her skin feels smoother and brighter after using the water for just over a month. “I tried many vitamin C creams, but this one did not irritate sensitive skin.

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C-Firma Day Serum

Dr. Marmur says that the serum contains the right amount vitamin C, which brightens, plumps and hydrates. Additional products, such as vitamin E and ferulic acids, are added to the product. These enzymes help improve and brighten skin texture. Some reviewers felt the product was too sticky. Others said it is lightweight and easily absorbed by the skin.

TimeWise Replenishing Cream C+E

Mary Kay TimeWise is a well-known brand that the Good Housekeeping Institute team loves. For many years, our Beauty Lab specialists have recommended TimeWise products to address various skin concerns. The GH Seal star replenishing cream contains vitamin C, and E to prevent age-defying combinations. The serum has been clinically proven to be mild and doesn’t bother sensitive skin. Amazon user with sensitive skin shared that the serum “nourishes my skin and helps me maintain the right balance I need.”

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C E Ferulic

Sabina Wizemann is a senior chemist at the GH Beauty Lab and loves Skinceuticals’ Skinceuticals serum for its gentle but effective performance. She says that even though it contains 15% L-Ascorbic Acid, an excellent and proven form vitamin C — the serum does not irritate her skin as other products she has tried. Dr. Yadav recommends this serum as a top choice. “It brightens and firms skin and leaves it soft and glowing,” she says. She says that it contains vitamin E and ferrulic acid. This combination has been proven to enhance sunscreens and reduce skin’s effects from environmental stressors.