The Best Vitamin C Serums for Forever-Young Skin

There are many types of beauty serums. But if we had to pick just one, it would be vitamin C. Vitamin C serums effectively tackle a multitude of skin issues, from aging to sun damage.

Since serums penetrate deep into skin, they can help supercharge any beauty regimen. Jana Blankenship, founder of organic beauty line Captain Blankenship, says vitamin C serums are especially important because they help firm skin, improve texture and tone and combat the signs of aging. Elizabeth Jones, advanced instructor for Dermalogica and the International Dermal Institute, adds that vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that brightens and protects from free radical damage.

Because vitamin C is so versatile, it’s suitable for any skin type. Vitamin C serums come in strengths from as little as 1 percent to 20 percent. Those with sensitive skin are better off starting low until they build up a tolerance, explains Dr. Eva Simmons-O’Brien, FAAD. She also points out that serums that mix vitamins C and E are good options for reactive skin.

While vitamin C is definitely a hero ingredient, it can also be highly unstable. In other words, it breaks down quickly and becomes less potent. This is why many vitamin C products are stored in dark bottles or special packaging to prevent oxidization. Vitamin C is also water soluble. Which means it can be tricky for the product to penetrate through layers of skin.

The beauty industry has been working to stabilize the notoriously difficult vitamin. Now there are lots of fantastic vitamin C serums. Read on to discover the best ones.