Want brighter, firmer skin? Meet our best vitamin C serums and creams


If there’s one ingredient with superhero status, it’s vitamin C. This powerhouse can save your skin in countless ways. ZAP! Dark spots are eradicated. POW! See ya later, dull skin. BOOF! Take that environmental stressors like heat, humidity and pollution. Certainly, the beneficial wonder has come a long way since your morning glass of OJ. It’s a potent antioxidant that fights dehydration, uneven skin tone, fine lines, wrinkles and inflammation. It also visibly brightens your complexion and supports collagen production. The upshot: If vitamin C is not already part of your skincare routine, you should consider it. Learn more about the benefits of this superhero ingredient our guide to vitamin C, then try a few of our favourite formulas, below.

Mecca Cosmetica Skin Brightening Vitamin C Serum

This daily protective treatment was specifically designed to target your most-asked-about skin concerns, including pigmentation, dark spots and dullness. This antioxidant-rich, high-potency and never-sticky serum sinks into the skin to provide supreme brightening, anti-ageing and skin-protecting benefits, thanks to a powerhouse blend of ingredients: 15 percent L-ascorbic acid (the highest possible concentration of stabilised vitamin C), ferulic acid (vitamin C’s perfect partner to fight fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots), liquorice root extract (to visibly reduce dark spots and pigmentation) and vitamin E (a naturally occurring ingredient of healthy skin).

Editor’s note: because this is a high-powered formula, Mecca Cosmetica opted to forgo adding fragrance to the formula. However, you may notice that it has a distinct scent. This is from the combination of potent 15 percent vitamin C and ferulic acid that work to give you brighter skin.

Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask

Just the colour of this mask alone makes it worth getting your hands on! It’s a vivid violet and packed with, you guessed it, vitamin C (two types!) as well as Japanese beautyberry — an antioxidant-rich superfruit rich that helps maximise the effect of vitamin C — and a 10 percent AHA complex to remove the build-up of dead skin cells. Just 15 – 20 minutes and a couple of selfies later, you’ll notice your skin instantly feels softer, smoother and appears more radiant.

Drunk Elephant C-Tango™ Multivitamin Eye Cream

Didn’t get your eight hours last night? This one’s for you! A luscious eye cream that instantly brightens and hydrates tired-looking eyes, it’s formulated with a powerful combination of vitamin C, peptides and ceramides. C-Tango plumps fine lines and wrinkles, fights free radical damage and works to reverse discolouration and loss of firmness. Plus, a powerful complex of five forms of vitamin C (you read that right – five!) works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark circles. Over time, you should notice brighter, firmer-looking skin around your eye area.

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Antioxidant Protect + Repair Moisturiser

The perfect partner to Sunday Riley's C.E.O 15% vitamin C Brightening Serum, this moisturiser revitalises the skin and protects from the visible effects of pollution exposure. Plus, a hefty measure of vitamin E keeps skin nicely hydrated. Sunday Riley uses a form of Vitamin C called tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (say that five times fast!) – a derivative of the usual form (ascorbic acid), which is less irritating and completely stable, meaning your moisturiser won't lose its effectiveness if exposed to sunlight or air.

Kate Somerville Retinol Vita C Power Serum

We are often told you can’t combine retinol and vitamin C, but it’s myth according to LA facialist Kate Somerville. When used in tandem, the two powerhouses are doubly effective — vitamin C helps retinol remain stable while retinol can clear the path for enhanced vitamin C absorption. Somerville cleverly married them up in this weightless serum that refreshes tired, dull skin while you sleep. By morning you’ll be looking at a tighter, brighter and more luminous complexion. The retinol targets fine lines and helps improve firmness and elasticity, while vitamin C stimulates collagen production and evens out the complexion. It’s a double whammy.

Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Fresh Day Serum

The reviews are in: this Drunk Elephant serum is a runaway customer favourite. It’s spiked with the brand’s signature marula oil – a highly absorbable oil laced with antioxidants – and it helps nourish and rejuvenate skin for a noticeably youthful glow. But that’s not all! The serum is enriched with a host of other supportive players, including pumpkin ferment and pomegranate extracts to dissolve dead skin cells for a smoother texture. It also targets cellular UV damage and promotes collagen production, so you can say hello to brighter and firmer skin.

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