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The 11 Best Vitamin C Serums To Get Bright, Glowing Skin, According To Dermatologists

There’s one for every skin type.

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Chances are that whether you have an intricate, 10-step skincare routine or you're simply splashing your face with water before putting on some SPF, vitamin C is one of the key ingredients you put on your face. And, it's no surprise—vitamin C serums are some of the most popular, dermatologist-loved skincare products out there for their many benefits.

“Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, which means it aids in your skin's natural regeneration process, protecting it against stressors like environmental pollutants and sunlight that can cause skin damage,” explains dermatologist Dr. Morgan Rabach, MD.

But, that’s not all. "Vitamin C also triggers the skin to produce more collagen and elastin, helping the skin to be more firm,” she says. And of course, there are more widely-known benefits to using a good vitamin C product. Rabach says it also slows down the production of melanin—the natural skin pigment responsible for creating dark spots on the skin.

Because of the antioxidant properties protecting your skin against pollutants, she recommends using it in your a.m. routine. And, because vitamin C can break down and become less effective when exposed to light or air, you'll want to make sure you seek out bottles that are opaque or at least have a dark pigment, and are sealed tightly.

Not sure where to start? Rabach says that using vitamin C in a serum format is most effective, because it's able to penetrate the skin more than a moisturizer. That said, there are tons of different types of vitamin C serums out there for every skin type, whether you have acne, dryness, sensitivity, melanin-rich skin, or are even pregnant.

I talked to several dermatologists to see what they're recommending to their patients, and what they even use for themselves. See below for vitamin C serums derms (and your Women's Health editors!) are recommending for bright, glowy skin.

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Best Vitamin C Serum For Minimalists
Sunday Riley
C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum
Best Vitamin C Serum For Melanin-Rich Skin
Revision Skincare
C+ Correcting Complex 30%
Best Affordable Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C Complex Face Serum
Best Vitamin C Serum For UV Light Protection
La Roche-Posay
Pure Vitamin C Face Serum
Best Vitamin C Serum For Acne-Prone Skin
Phloretin CF® with Ferulic Acid
Best Drugstore Vitamin C Serum
L'Oreal Paris
10% Pure Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid
Best Vitamin C Serum For Minimizing Fine Lines
Obagi Medical
Professional C Serum 15%
Best Vitamin C Serum For Sensitive Skin
Squalane + Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum
Best Vitamin C Serum For Evening Out Skin Tone
Drunk Elephant
C-Firma™ Vitamin C Day Serum
Best Vitamin C Serum For Dry Skin
Inde Wild
15% Vitamin C
Best Non-Vitamin C Serum
Vivant Skin Care
8% Mandelic Acid Serum
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