Best Vitamin C Serums: Wrinkle-Busting Skincare

Your face will definitely thank you

You may be used to popping Vitamin C as a supplement to fight an oncoming cold, but it's also being hyped as a wonder ingredient in skincare.

Vitamin C is renowned for protecting skin from UVA and UVB damage and for improving the appearance of sun-damaged skin by reducing hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C is also anti-ageing as it boosts the body's production of collagen to fight wrinkles and firm-up skin.

Finally, the wonder ingredient reduces inflammation and brightens skin. Dermatologist Dr Gach says "Vitamin C peels the superficial layers of the epidermis giving a fresher and brighter look to the skin as well as strengthens the collagen fibers." And if you need any more convincing, Adriana Lima, Halle Berry and Suki Waterhouse are fans.

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1 Medik8: C-Tetra

The C-Tetra is a great starter Vitamin C serum, repairing visible sun damage and stimulating collagen production at an affordable price. Its key ingredient is Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (try saying that after a wine), the strongest and most stable derivative of Vitamin C. This is combined with Vitamin E, which boosts the anti-oxidising properties. The lower concentration of Vitamin C makes this serum ideal for people in their 20s and 30s, or those with sensitive skin.

£28.00 for 30ml from Effortless Skin.

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2 Obagi: Professional-C Serum

Professional-C Serum penetrates deeply into the epidermis and dermis, creating anti-oxidising protection. It helps to defend against UV rays, which are a leading cause of skin ageing. The serum also helps the body to synthesise collagen, fighting wrinkles and lack of elasticity. Four different concentrations of the serum are available, so make sure you choose the one that's right for you. The 5% protects the delicate eye area, 10% is for sensitive and dry skin, 15% is the catch all for every skin type, and the 20% gives you the highest concentration on L-Ascorbic Acid.

£37.84 - £87.41 depending on strength from Skin Oracle

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3 Skinceuticals: Resveratrol B E

Sometimes it's best to sleep on it. This night serum combines Vitamin C with Resveratrol, a compound that is meant to do wonders for anti-ageing. It counters ageing that arises from pigmentation problems, chiefly uneven texture and dullness in the skin. Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, a cosmetic dermatologist, recommends Reseveratrol B E as "Resveratrol is the strongest natural antioxidant that reduces [uneven] pigmentation and protects the skin from further free radical damage".

£120.00 for 30ml from My Derma Center.

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4 La Roche-Posay: Redermic C10

Intensive correcting filler Redermic C10 acts on wrinkles, loss of firmness and luminosity to take years (or several beverages) off you. It combines 10% pure Vitamin C with Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid to plump the skin and leave it looking radiant. It is also unscented, non-comedogenic and nickel controlled, making it perfect for sensitive skin.

£29.50 for 30ml from My Derma Center.

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5 Bakel: Thio-C Serum

Thio-C Serum is a revitalising and anti-ageing product combining antioxidant Glutathione with Vitamin C. It can be used all over the face and neck, but is particularly suited to the delicate eye area. It uses pure Vitamin C powder to ensure instant effectiveness and to create a glowing complexion. Vitamin C loses its potency when oxidised, so these serums come in ten mini pots which are to be used and then disposed of within three days each.

£118 for 10 x 3ml from Space NK.


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