If it were up to us, we'd make it summer all year round: glowing skin, warmer temperatures and longer days make the summer months some of the best. But as the days grow shorter and colder, you don't have to lose your seasonal glow.
Vitamin C is still a beauty product you can turn to throughout the cooler months. It's an effective way to maintain a smooth, even and glowy complexion — that's why we think it's even more important to keep it in your skincare routine through fall and winter.
Vitamin C reduces hyperpigmentation, brightens skin and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Loved for its hydrating properties and promoting collagen production, it's best to apply vitamin C serum one to two times a day.
When it comes to shopping vitamin C, the market is saturated with serums touting the benefits of this popular ingredient. Below, we map out the best vitamin C serums at every price point.
Best vitamin C serum under $25: Garnier Vitamin[e] C Super Glow Serum
Rating: 4.5 stars
The details: Using a "glow complex" of niacinamide, vitamin C and salicylic acid, this affordable serum uses these popular ingredients to guarantee a smooth, even skin tone in just three days.
Promising review: Amazon shoppers say that their skin looks the best it has in years thanks to this affordable product. One reviewer noted their skin feels "so much softer, smoother" as well as "more even tone/colour" after just a couple of days, and called the product "astonishing."
Best vitamin C serum under $50: Sephora Collection Ultra Glow Serum
Rating: 4.2 stars
The details: This under-$50 serum promises to strengthen skin with a glowing finish — and has more than 97,000 "loves" on the Sephora site.
Promising review: "I love this serum! I’ve tried much more expensive vitamin C serums and this is my favourite. I use this every night after my cleanser and toner, before my moisturizer and I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my complexion. I feel glowy and moisturized!"
Best vitamin C serum under $100: OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright 15% Vitamin C Serum
Rating: 4.0 stars
The details: This serum promises to be both age-defying and firming. With a unique blend of vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, this combination brightens dull skin and reduces pores and dark spots.
Promising review: "I love OLEHENRIKSEN. I experience dry, sensitive skin and I have eczema. This is my third full bottle. I’ve had couple of mini sizes as well. Your skin is left glowing and plump with a lot of radiance, and I noticed my skin brightening. It’s definitely a holy grail product for me."
Best vitamin C serum under $150: Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum
Rating: 4.2 stars
The details: Using pure ingredients such as 20 per cent vitamin C and 10 per cent alpha-hydroxy acids, this serum smooths texture and brightens skin for an overall plumped and healthy look.
Promising review: "I love this product. I have sensitive skin and use it in the morning and at night. It has helped reduce my hyperpigmentation and makes my skin look plump and hydrated. The price is steep but I have not found another vitamin C serum that compares to this."
Best vitamin C serum under $200: Sunday Riley CEO 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum
Rating: 3.9 stars
The details: This is the serum for you if your main concerns are dark spots, aging and dullness. One of the higher price points, this vitamin C serum is comprised of plant saccharides and 15 per cent vitamin C to effectively improve skin's appearance and minimize pores.
Promising review: "I'm 73 and my skin had become dull and dry. I began using this three months ago, and I will never be without it. My skin is amazingly soft and supple now. Thank you, Sunday Riley."