If you’re searching for an improved complexion or major glow up, look no further than vitamin C. It’s the powerhouse anti-aging ingredient that brightens, firms, and smoothes skin (and may even prevent and treat UV damage). Improve your skincare routine by opting for a brightening serum—it’s the most potent form of vitamin C, plus it provides you with the biggest bang for your buck. Shop some of the best vitamin C serums below, and look forward to brighter skin over time.

By Rachel Sylvester
September 20, 2019
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1
BeautyRx Skincare Triple Vitamin C Serum

This powerful serum packs three types of vitamin C into one product for triple the brightening and antioxidant power. It also contains Japanese green tea leaf extract and vitamin E to help calm inflammation and hydrate skin.

To buy: $95; dermstore.com.

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Karuna Vitamin C Pearls

This duo almost seems like you’re performing a science experiment as you mix the freeze-dried vitamin C balls (it helps keep the vitamin C stable until you’re ready to use it) with the activation serum. Use the treatment overnight before a special occasion to ensure a glowing finish.

To buy: $58; amazon.com.

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Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster With Pure Vitamin C

Get the benefits of vitamin C without really having to change your skincare routine by simply adding this booster to your daily moisturizer. Each vial contains a fresh, sealed dose of vitamin C powder and soothing emulsion that mix once you start using it—not a minute before. Use each one for no more than seven days to ensure you’re getting the most potent dose of vitamin C.

To buy: $76.50; sephora.com.

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SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

There's a good reason this anti-aging ingredient is a top-rated product among Dermstore shoppers. Formulated with pure vitamin C and E, this lightweight face serum works to battle dryness, sun damage, and free radicals over time.

To buy: $166; dermstore.com.

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True Botanicals Vitamin C Booster

Because most vitamin C starts to oxidize as soon as it’s put into a liquid, True Botanicals created this powder form. Instead of buying a whole new serum, just mix 2 to 3 shakes of this powder into your current serum before massaging into your skin. It also contains ferulic acid, which works hand in hand with vitamin C as a powerful antioxidant.

To buy: $90; truebotanicals.com.

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