Unless you live in sunny Los Angeles or Miami, you’re probably hibernating in your cozy cave right about now. I pop vitamin C supplements all winter long to bolster my body’s immunity and stave off illness, but it turns out that vitamin C is also beneficial to the skin when used topically, working as an antioxidant to help fend off environmental damage and helping to brighten the skin—especially skin that is looking dull during or after a long hibernation.
Here are some of my favorite vitamin C–packed beauty products that promise to get your sorry skin back into sunny shape. And don’t worry, you won’t smell like a walking orange after using these products. Some smell vaguely fruity when applied, but the scent dissipates quickly. These are my picks for the best beauty products with vitamin C.
Alchimie Forever Advanced Retinol Serum
Packed with a 0.75% pure retinol concentration and a blend of powerful antioxidants including hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, and green tea, this serum is a secret weapon against aging skin. Get it here for $99 on Amazon.
Pure Bioderm Antioxidant Facial Serum
This high-potency anti-aging serum is packed with Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid, Phloretin, and Peptides to protect the skin from the environment while reducing the appearance of fine lines and decreasing any unwanted pigmentation. Get it here for $59 on Amazon.
Equal by Nature Velvet Vitamin C Regenerative Oil
Sometimes, there’s nothing more soothing than a face oil! I love this one from Equal by Nature, because while it’s intensely hydrating, it doesn’t feel oily or heavy on my skin. Try applying this directly to the skin or blending it with your face cream to increase hydration and anti-oxidant protection. Get it here for $49.99 (currently $22.99!) on TheLabandCompany.com.
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream
Like a little CC with your C? This slightly fruity-scented 12-in-1 multitasker is high in vitamin C and appropriate for all skin types. It’s available in five shades that subtly conceal discoloration and work to eradicate the signs of aging and sun damage with regular use. I use the Sun-Kissed Glow shade and just dab it where I need it. It also improves firmness and elasticity while protecting the skin from the sun with SPF 30 and, well, the list goes on! Get it here for $39 on Amazon.
Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C x 30 Vitamin C Brightening Face Moisturizer
This intensive nighttime treatment for normal-to-dry skin derives its vitamin C from the Amazonian Camu Camu berry, which has 30 times the vitamin C of an orange. It smells and feels amazing and will whip your skin into shape in no time. Get it here for $38 (58% off!) at Walmart.
Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Emulsion with Vitamin C
This emulsion is a lightweight serum, perfect for combination skin. Boosts moisture, gives the skin a natural glow and helps to reduce discoloration thanks to ingredients, like Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen, Elastin, and Vitamin A. The 1oz size is also perfect for preventing dehydration when you’re traveling. Get it here for $30 on Amazon.
emerginC Revital-Eyes Mask
These eye patches are a must-have for tired, puffy looking eyes. They contain active minerals and plant extracts, like cucumber, green tea, chamomile, and arnica to soothe, calm and nourish the eye area. Get 5 sets of 2 here for $38 on Amazon.
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