To the extent that buzzy skincare fixings go, L-ascorbic acid is one of the most discussed — and for good explanation. “Loaded with cell reinforcements, L-ascorbic acid has displayed to further develop dull skin surface and tone, battle free extreme harm, decrease indications of maturing, dim spots and hyperpigmentation, hydrate, increment collagen creation, light up and give mitigating impacts,” says Geeta Yadav, M.D., a board confirmed dermatologist and organizer behind Skin Science Dermatology.
“Otherwise called ascorbic corrosive and L-ascorbic corrosive, L-ascorbic acid gives cancer prevention agent security, as it utilizes electrons to kill the free extremists found on skin from natural stressors like sunlight based radiation and contamination,” says Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab scientist Danusia Wnek. Furthermore, L-ascorbic acid blocks the compound answerable for melanin (or pigmentation) creation, and that implies it can assist with lighting up skin. Dr. Yadav makes sense of that on the grounds that the nutrient is a water-dissolvable supplement, it very well may be utilized topically in various structures, including L-ascorbic acid serums.
The Good Housekeeping Institute consistently tests skincare items to track down the best ones available. At the point when we survey L-ascorbic acid serums, we search for innovation to save the L-ascorbic acid, remarkable bundling to safeguard against light corruption and fixings with synergistic advantages to further develop adequacy. The beneath picks mirror our Lab picks, Good Housekeeping Seal-holders and top of the line things from our number one confided in brands, in addition to top choices from purchasers and dermatologist proposals. Underneath, you’ll find the best L-ascorbic acid serums you can purchase for your skin type:
Multi Correxion Revive + Glow Daily Serum
A GH Beauty Award winner and Roc’s drugstore value serum is rich with antioxidants and vitamins. It features a unique blend of vitamin C, castor oil and glycerin, all of which help brighten and moisturize the skin. According to GH Beauty Lab evaluations, 94% of users found a more even skin tone with daily use. “I am almost done with my first bottle of this vitamin C serum and my skin tone looks clear,” shares one Amazon reviewer. “I love this serum!”
Revitalift Vitamin C Serum
Formulated for optimal skin absorption, the airtight packaging on this standout L ‘Oreal product helps ensure that the vitamin C inside stays stable and therefore effective. Our Lab experts think it’s especially great for targeting hyperpigmentation (a.k.a. dark spots) since you can use the precise, pointed applicator to spot-treat problem areas. Reviewers rave that “skin looks brighter” and “smoother” after using this serum.
Fresh Pressed 7-Day System
To keep the vitamin C potent and fresh, this Clinique product keeps it isolated. To use, press the button to release the vitamin C powder into an emulsion serum, ensuring optimal efficiency and a strong, potent product to perfect your skin. Reviewers say they saw acne scarring go away within a week — but a couple note that overuse can cause mild redness or dryness.
Grapefruit Daily Brightening Serum
“For something a little more accessible, and a great entry into vitamin C, I love this treatment,” says Dr. Yadav. “It’s widely available, gentle on the skin and contains grapefruit, which adds another citrus ingredient into the mix!” You can use it directly on your skin or mix a few drops into your favorite moisturizers or serums.
If you suffer from dry skin, this serum from La Roche-Posay has a creamier formula that contains 10% vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, which is great for hydrating and plumping the skin. The brand also claims it helps to fill lines and fight wrinkles. La Roche-Posay thermal spring water is also said to “repel free radicals and soothe skin.” After using it daily for a little over a month, one reviewer shares that her skin looks brighter and feels smoother. “I had tried other vitamin C creams and this is the first one that did not irritate my sensitive skin.”
C-Firma Day Serum
“This serum has the right amount of vitamin C and brightens, plumps and hydrates,” says Dr. Marmur. The product contains additional products such as vitamin E, ferulic acid and fruit enzymes that help brighten and buff the skin’s texture. Keep in mind that some reviewers complained about the formula being too sticky, but others say it’s lightweight and sinks into the skin.
TimeWise Replenishing Serum C+E
The Mary Kay TimeWise line is nothing new to the Good Housekeeping Institute team: For years, our Beauty Lab experts have been recommending TimeWise products for various skincare concerns. This GH Seal star replenishing serum contains vitamin C and E for an age-defying combination. Clinical studies have shown the serum is generally mild and does not bother testers with sensitive skin. One Amazon reviewer with sensitive skin shares that “it nourishes my face and helps to maintain the right balance my face requires.”