10 Really Effective Vitamin C Serums
10 Really Effective Vitamin C Serums

10 Really Effective Vitamin C Serums

For tighter, brighter and more youthful skin, vitamin C is an essential part of any skincare routine. Here are the serums that use this powerful antioxidant to improve skin tone, protect against pollution and boost collagen production…
By Sapna Rao

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Vitamin C Serum, £8.49 | The Inkey List

Designed in signature Inkey List no-frills style, this affordable daily serum gets the job done. Formulated with 30% pure L-ascorbic acid (another name for vitamin C) the serum battles free radicals and signs of ageing to transform dull lifeless skin and fade the appearance of hyperpigmentation. With a surprisingly thick and creamy texture for a serum, it makes for an extra-nourishing treat in the mornings.  

Available at TheInkeyList.com


CEO Glow, £70 | Sunday Riley

Thanks to its 15% vitamin C, CEO Glow instantly illuminates skin. Made to tackle dark spots, discoloration and pigmentation, it works to reduce the size of pores – as well as tackling signs of ageing. The added THD is to thank for this, improving skin elasticity, the appearance of fine lines and dullness all in one, and absorbing quickly into the skin. Over time, skin should benefit from reduced sensitivity, enhanced complexion and skin luminosity. 

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

C-Firma Day Serum, £67 | Drunk Elephant

Brimming with powerful antioxidants and essential nutrients, this 15% L-ascorbic acid serum contains a blend of other skin-enhancing ingredients such as ferulic acid and vitamin E. The added pumpkin ferment and pomegranate extract help create a more youthful complexion, with the ingredients improving texture by buffing away dead skin cells, leaving behind softer, more radiant skin. Free from fragrance, essential oils and silicones, the formula would work well for skin on the sensitive side.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

C-Tetra Serum, £37 | Medik8

This gel-like light formula absorbs deeply past the skin’s defensive lipid barrier to transform skin from within, and focuses on building up protection against sun and pollution-based damage. With a blend of vitamins C and E, the serum drenches skin in a nourishing dose of hydration, leaving a soft, long-lasting, glow-y complexion. 

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

Radiance Perfection Serum, £50 | REN

Applying this silky, lightweight serum into freshly cleansed skin is a morning treat – watch as your complexion is enhanced and skin tone begins to even out, thanks to the formula’s ability to perk up dull skin and inject much-needed nourishment. The blend of vitamin C and licorice extract also minimising pores and provides a brighter, regenerated glow. 

Available at LOOKFANTASTIC.com

CC Me Serum, £60 | Summer Fridays

Featuring two super-powered forms of vitamin C, this aptly named ‘CC’ serum works hard to deliver instant brightness. The added vitamin C ensures visible fading of dark spots and hyperpigmentation, whilst also containing a healthy dose of squalene – perfect for a locked-in hydrating glow. While healing and enhancing skin, the product also works to protect from external aggressors and promote more radiant, youthful looking skin.  

Available at SpaceNK.com

Guava Vitamin C Serum, £41 | Glow Recipe

Acclaimed for its fruit-powered Korean skincare, Glow Recipe has a vitamin C serum that’s anything but ordinary. Packaged in bubblegum pink, its star ingredient is guava, a natural but powerful vitamin C derivative. In combination with ferulic acid and vitamin C itself, this creates a gentle yet effective serum that targets dark spots before, during and after formation to protect, prevent and heal further skin discolouration. 

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

Vita-C Glycolic Acid Brightening Serum, £24 | Murad

With this one, it’s all in the considered packaging and formulation. The serum’s housed in a dual-chamber package to ensure it delivers a concentrated, fresh dose every time. Its specialised variant of ‘gold-stabilised’ vitamin C is designed to fade discolouration with visible results in four weeks. Added glycolic acid helps buff away dead skin to revitalise dry skin and unveil a brighter, smoother complexion. 

Available at Murad.co.uk

Pure Vitamin C10 Serum, £28 | La Roche-Posay

Vitamin C10 is a pure form thataids in the appearance of ageing, promoting softer skin and enhancing hydration. This serum also brims with other skin-changing ingredients: hyaluronic acid plumps and hydrates; while salicylic acid exfoliates and reveals a more even texture. Finally thermal spa water is used to restore the skin's barrier, while also soothing, calming and repairing sensitive skin in need of a boost. 

Available at LOOKFANTASTIC.com

C E Ferulic, £145 | SkinCeuticals

This unique antioxidant blend contains a pure vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid. While the vitamins work on reducing the appearance of fine lines and dark spots, ferulic acid tackles environmental aggressors such as sun damage, pollution and blue light, shielding the skin from damage and maintaining youthful skin. The formulation neutralises free radicals on the skin's outermost layer, while deeper down, long-lasting ozone damage is tackled too. 

Available at LOOKFANTASTIC.com

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