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Luxe to Less
18 November 2020

Vitamin C Serums for Brighter, Tighter Skin

Words By Eliza Sears

Wave goodbye to dull skin and hello to the beauty world’s jack of all trades, Vitamin C.


The words Vitamin C might spark flashbacks to flu seasons gone by or a particular mimosa fuelled brunch, but perhaps less likely to come to mind is its ability to provide UV protection or reduce hyperpigmentation.

This potent antioxidant is considered an essential part of our AM/PM skincare routine and the secret to achieving, brighter, tighter, smoother skin. In topical form, Vitamin C is highly concentrated and absorbent.

Cult favourites Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Serum, Dermalogica Biolumin C Serum and Goop Glow Serum come at a cost but are well worth the investment, with an unparalleled ability to drastically improve your complexion and nourish from the outside in.

Simply add Vitamin C into your routine after your final cleansing step, before applying moisturiser and SPF in the morning.

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum 30ml, $218, Adore Beauty



Vitamin C is every city dweller’s best friend, protecting against air pollutants and free radicals we’re all too familiar with that damage and prematurely age our skin.

Having well and truly cemented its place in medicine cabinets of the skincare obsessed, it’s no surprise that when it comes to spending a little less, the market is vast. As with any skincare purchase, it’s important to know what to look for on the ingredients list so you can get the best product at your price point.

Quality serums will include L-ascorbic acid, a pure form of antioxidant Vitamin C at a concentration level of around 10-15%. Vitamin E may also be present and is always a valuable ingredient.

Alpha-H Vitamin C With Grape Seed Serum, $70, Sephora


Cult status is not exclusive to the luxe serums we know and love, enter low cost favourite, The Ordinary.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% is a highly potent, water free solution with a loyal fan base, all with truly luminescent skin.

If you’re just entering the world of Vitamin C, you may want to try out a few before deciding what you do and don’t like. As a beginner, investing is probably not your best option, and a lower cost product will allow you to dip your toes without the commitment of a big purchase.

Just remember when first using a new serum, especially with active ingredients it’s not uncommon for your skin to need a little adjustment time. So, look out for products that will be gentle and have added hydration, like hyaluronic acid, grape seed or argan oil.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% HA Spheres 2%, $9.80, Myer


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