Vitamin C is hailed as one of the best anti-aging ingredients on the market, and it’s never too early to start using it. This is one beauty product EVERYONE needs to be using. For the best benefits, it’s recommended that your serum contain 20% L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C). This can be a bit drying, so look for serums that contain hyaluronic acid, or you can use it separately. Before we get to the best Vitamin C Serums for your budget, let’s explore why you need to incorporate it into your skin care routine:

Brightens Skin

By speeding up cell turnover, Vitamin C brightens dull skin and fades hyperpigmentation (dark spots), leaving your skin looking vibrant, bright, and healthy. It also reduces redness and inflammation.

Restores Youthful Looking Skin

Topically, Vitamin C stimulates collagen production, which makes skin firmer and reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and signs of aging.

Protects Against Sun Damage

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that strengthens skin and slows cell damage caused by the sun and free radicals. Of course this does NOT mean to stop using sunscreen!

Not all Vitamin C Serums are created equally. For example, the purest form of Vitamin C is L-ascorbic acid, and it’s the best at penetrating the skin barrier. Another form of Vitamin C is Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, which is less potent and less likely to cause irritation. Whichever you choose, you should opt for 10% to 20%. ALL Vitamin C Serums should come in dark containers to keep the sunlight out. Sunlight degrades Vitamin C. If your serum turns brown or changes color, toss it. Now – which Vitamin C Serums are the best?

Best Vitamin C Serums

Obagi Medical Professional-C 20% – $133

This amazing serum is pricey, but worth every single penny. It is 20% L-ascorbic acid (the best in my opinion), and contains hyaluronic acid to moisturize skin. The feel of this serum is pure luxury. Unlike most Vitamin C Serums, Obagi FEELS moisturizing to the touch. It’s not as watery as other Vitamin C serums. This is actually quite hydrating!

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum – $33.99

This is the Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate form of Vitamin C, and is equivalent to 15% – 20% L-ascorbic acid. It contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, ferulic acid, Konjac root, chamomile extract, and clary sage, all ingredients your skin will love. Check out their before/after pictures!

TruSkin Vitamin C Serum – $19.99

This is the gentler Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate form, and TruSkin has added in lots of skincare goodies: MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), a potent anti-inflammatory that supports collagen and keratin, botanical hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E.

Ole Henricksen Truth Serum – $24

Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, and Ole Henricksen’s #1 age-defying serum. Infused with the brand’s trademarked “True C Complex” and collagen, this serum is effective and hydrating.

I have personally used and love each one of these serums. If you have sensitive skin, I recommend any of the Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate ones. If you’re already serious about your skincare and want maximum effectiveness, I recommend Obagi Medical. No matter which you choose, you will see results. Remember, it takes about 6 weeks of consistent use to see results!

Do you currently use a Vitamin C Serum? Let me know your favorites below!