The top-rated vitamin C serums for glowing skin

Maisie Bovingdon
·Shopping writer
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Best vitamin C beauty and skincare products
Sales in beauty and skincare products with vitamin C have soared as the ingredient is hailed a must have for glowing skin. (Getty Images)

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If you’re anything like us your bathroom cabinet will be filled with various lotions and potions, which claim to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, brown spots, and leave us with a glowing complexion.

While there is nothing we want more than flawlessly radiant skin, it can be difficult to achieve when our time spent outdoors in the sunshine is limited.

But that’s not to say we can’t achieve a natural glow - this is where vitamin C comes in.

While some may be getting their daily doses of vitamin C from sitting in the sunshine, through their diet, it can also be absorbed through our skin using creams or serums enriched with the ingredient.

The fashion, beauty and home inspiration app has seen a 1200% rise in searched for vitamin C beauty serums as consumers are eagerly trying to find solutions to keep their skin healthy, hydrated and bright.

Why is vitamin C such an important ingredient in our skincare?

Vitamin C is essential because the acidic agent helps to remove dead skin cells, which leaves your face looking brighter, it also targets discolouration, pigmentation, early signs of ageing, and protects from the elements too.

Co-founders of skin consultancy Lion/ne, Megan Fenton and Ksenia Selivanova, discuss the benefits of the ingredient in beauty products.

Fenton told us: “Vitamin C is another wonderful ingredient to stimulate collagen production and reduce the signs of sun damage on the skin.

“This antioxidant can also can help to manage overflow of oil, so it is an unsung hero for those with oily skin types.

“There are many different types of Vitamin C and it is important to remember that this is an ACTIVE ingredient. If you feel the skin burning or tingling, then your Vitamin C may be too strong for you, and it might be worth looking into an antioxidant blend or booster that you mix into another serum or moisturiser as a buffer.

“I recommend using an SPF with this ingredient as it boosts your skin’s resilience to free radicals caused by UV light.”

Selivanova added: “Vitamin C acts like a guard that protects your skin from pollution, unwanted substances and also helps to enhance your skin’s resilience to UV light. I really see it as a warrior.

“It can take different forms, so depending on your skin type, you can always find the right match! Personally, Ascorbic Acid is way too intense for my skin, so I prefer to use other forms such as magnesium ascorbyl phosphate.”

Fenton and Selivanova have shared their recommended vitamin C serums to use, which are suitable for all skin types and budgets.

Shop the top-rated vitamin C serums

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum 30ml | £140 from lookfantastic

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum 30ml
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum 30ml

SkinCeuticals’ C E Ferulic Serum has been hailed the go-to vitamin C serum because of its anti-ageing properties.

The formula is a blend of antioxidants, including pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), vitamin E as well as ferulic acid, all of which work to shield the skin from free radicals, pollution, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while also providing an added glow.

One customer’s review read: “I have used this product before and can quite honestly say that it does help your skin to remain firm, younger and glowing. “

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension | £4.90 from Cult Beauty

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension
The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension

The Ordinary’s Vitamin C Suspension has been a hugely popular product among customers, as has seen a 161% increase in sales in the nourishing serum.

This formula is vitamin c in its purest form of L-Ascorbic Acid, as well as HA Spheres, and has been hailed an “amazing product” by beauty enthusiasts.

Volition Strawberry C serum | £36 from Cult Beauty

Volitions Strawberry C serum 
Volitions Strawberry C serum

Volition’s Strawberry C serum is one of the recommended skincare products by the Lion/ne founders, as it works to diminish dark spots, acne scarring, even skin tone and give the skin a dewy glow.

Th serum, which is made from vitamin C containing ingredients, including strawberries and kakadu plum, which boost luminosity, controls excess oil and reduces the appearance of fine lines.

While the insertion of hyaluronic acid helps to plump and tighten the skin.

Disciple Skincare Juicy Serum | £30 from Cult Beauty

Disciple Skincare Juicy Serum
Disciple Skincare Juicy Serum

Disciple’s Juicy Serum is ideal for those who suffer from stressed skin, as it boasts a clean formula made from raw botanical ingredients.

The serum is enriched with vitamin C, as well as linoleic acid, hyaluronic acid and cherry extract all of which balance the skin’s sebum level to minimise breakouts.

Medik8 C-Tetra+ Intense Serum 30ml | £35 from lookfantastic

Medik8 C-Tetra+ Intense Serum 30ml
Medik8 C-Tetra+ Intense Serum 30ml

Medik8’s C-Tetra Lipid Vitamin C Antioxidant Serum is a lightweight skincare must-have that protects the skin’s barrier against harmful irritants.

The solution is filled with vitamin C and E, cruelty free and vegan, and works to penetrate deeply into the dermis to target fine lines and wrinkles.

C15 Super Booster | £39.10 (Was £46) from Paula’s Choice

C15 Super Booster
C15 Super Booster

Paula’s Choice’s C15 Super Booster formula is a blend of 15% vitamin C, as well as vitamin E and ferulic acid.

The serum targets brown spots, dark circles, fine lines, as well as wrinkles, while also working to brighten dull skin.

The product has received rave reviews from customers, as one review read: “Hands down best Vitamin C serum out there.”

La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C 10 Serum | £28.50 from Boots

La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C 10 Serum
La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C 10 Serum

La Roche-Posay’s Vitamin C 10 Serum is the go-to serum for people with all skin types, including those with sensitive skin.

The hydrating moisturiser contains nourishing and brightening vitamin C, as well as hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid, and thermal spa water, all of which work to exfoliate yet hydrate the skin.

Customers can’t get enough of this beauty buy, as one happy shopper wrote: “I'm using this serum for almost 2 weeks and I can already see huge difference! Skin on my face is more even and radiant! I'm looking in a mirror and I'm glowing! My face never looked better. Fantastic product without crazy price.”

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum | £49.50 from Amazon

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum
Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum

Mad Hippie Vitamin C has received glowing review from customers, as it has received over 76% five star rating from shoppers.

The serum contains hyaluronic acid, ferulic acid, as well natural ingredients, such as Konjac Root, to reduce any discolouration and pigmentation, blemishes, and achieve glowing complexion.

The moisturiser is entirely natural, vegan as well as GMO free and cruelty free.

One customer praised: “I’ve used this serum for 2 months and had amazing results! My scars are lightening and though I keep getting acne it goes away fairly quickly with this. I also use the face lotion and eye lotion from Mad Hippie. Love them!”

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream | £20 from John Lewis & Partners

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream
Sunday Riley C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream

Sunday Riley’s C.E.O Vitamin C Rich Hydration cream is a hydrating moisturiser infused with 5% a powerful form of vitamin C, known as THD Ascorbate.

This ingredient targets early signs of ageing, repairs skin and boosts the radiance.

Plus it is free from sulfates, parabens, phthalate, fragrance, soy as well as gluten, and is also cruelty free.