Glow Those Spots Away- 5 Vitamin C Recommendations for All Skin Types
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If you are anything like me, there are days when you are too lazy to wear sunscreen. Or maybe your skin barrier is damaged, and you don’t want to rub more skincare into your skin, so you justify skipping your SPF. Sure, this may be oddly specific, but that’s exactly what happened to me a little too many times to admit. Getting prolonged sun exposure without any sunscreen can do some serious damage to your skin! For example, you may start noticing sun spots, hyperpigmentation, redness, or burning! Eventually, sun damage can lead to premature aging, fine lines, and wrinkles over time! So what can we do to help target these concerns? One ingredient I recommend trying out is Vitamin C! Read on to learn about my Vitamin C Recommendations!

1Benefits of Vitamin C

Vitamin C used to be difficult to handle due to the ingredient being irritating or oxidizing when exposed to light, heat, and air. However, recent products are better formulated to help Vitamin C products last longer and work even for those with sensitive skin. The antioxidants in Vitamin C can help the damage that UV rays cause to your skin. For example, fading dark spots, smoothing fine lines, reducing acne scars, and more! When paired with SPF in your morning routine, Vitamin C protects your skin from pollution, free radicals, UV rays, and other environmental stressors. When used at night, the ingredient helps your skin’s repair process by building collagen, plumping up fine lines, and fading hyperpigmentation.

In this article, I thought I would share five of my favorite Vitamin C products that are tried and true for me and my super sensitive skin!

2LANEIGE Radian-C Brightening Treatment Essence

laneige radian-c brightening treatment essence

The newest addition to the Radian-C line, this Brightening Treatment Essence is the perfect essence to use if you’re sensitive to Vitamin C. The product is formulated with antioxidant-rich ingredients which help the skin to even its tone, soften texture, and allow for better absorption of other skincare products.

Highlighted Ingredients

  • Vitamin C EAE helps to deliver an ultra-stable and long-lasting benefit of Vitamin C without losing its potency.
  • Super Berry Complex, rich in acerola and acai berry, helps protect the skin from external stressors.
  • Caffeine tightens and brightens the skin, reducing wrinkles and visibly smooths the skin.

Editor’s Experience

This product is worth every penny for me due to the many skin benefits. Not only is the product itself amazing, but I am also obsessed with the pump-style packaging, which makes it easy to use for clumsy people like me. I’ve seen visible results such as skin brightening and reduction of hyperpigmentation after 7-10 days of usage. The product is a watery essence, very thin and lightweight. It sinks into the skin quickly and does not feel greasy or heavy on the skin. This essence is a daily must-have in my morning routine!

3HERBIVORE Nova 15% Vitamin C + Turmeric Brightening Serum

Herbivore NOVA 15% Vitamin C + Turmeric Brightening Serum

The Herbivore Nova 15% Vitamin C + Turmeric Brightening Serum is a powerful Vitamin C serum that helps visibly improve dark spots and skin tone. This serum is suitable for all skin types and is created with a powerful blend of skin-brightening ingredients! The product is effective without being harsh on the skin.

Highlighted Ingredients

  • 15% THD Vitamin C is an ultra-stable Vitamin C that improves hyperpigmentation on the skin.
  • Turmeric is packed with antioxidants and helps even skin tone.
  • Arbutin, naturally derived from bearberry, helps even discoloration and tightens the skin.

Editor’s Experience

I was originally worried about trying this product because I thought that the product would be too strong for my sensitive skin. However, I am happy that this product didn’t leave my skin red! I love how this serum leaves my skin feeling hydrated and bright. When I first tried this product, I was a little put off by the color (it is quite a bright yellow) and the scent. But,I got used to the scent and color after applying for a while and noticing how effective this serum is in brightening my skin and lightening up my acne scars! I personally love to mix this serum with my moisturizer for a more comfortable application because the 15% Vitamin C can sound intimidating. While this serum may come at a hefty $64, I’d say this is well worth the splurge!

4HYPER SKIN Brightening Dark Spot Vitamin C Serum

hyper skin brightening dark spot vitamin c serum

Behold, a Vitamin C Serum for acne-prone skin! This serum provides brightening effects from Vitamin C and acne-fighting ingredients like Turmeric and Salicylic Acid to help heal and prevent future breakouts! The texture of the serum is gel-like and sinks into the skin beautifully. Best of all, I love that this serum doesn’t leave an orange tint on my face!

Highlighted Ingredients (Other than the benefits of Vitamin C)

  • Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce dark spots.
  • Kojic Acid exfoliates and reduces dark spots, preventing them in the future.
  • Bearberry and Apple Enzymes gently exfoliate the skin while brightening it.

Editor’s Experience

I love this product for my hormonal acne! This serum gives the effects of a Vitamin C serum and protects my skin from future breakouts because of the salicylic acid. I love the gentle blend of exfoliating ingredients, especially because it targets acne at all stages – during and after! I like to use this serum especially on days when I am not using a Retinol product to maintain an even complexion. And since it’s very gentle, I can also opt to use it everyday! As mentioned, the product is a gel texture, so it feels extremely lightweight and comfortable to use!

5ALPYN BEAUTY Bearberry & Vitamin C Glow Serum

ALPYN BEAUTY Bearberry & Vitamin C Glow Serum

My preferred Vitamin C product for mornings is this one from Alpyn Beauty. It gives an instant glowy and brightening finish while fading dark spots over time. The product does contain Mica to give your skin a shimmering effect, so it’s perfect for applying under or on top of makeup as a highlighter!

Highlighted Ingredients (Other than the benefits of Vitamin C)

  • Bearberry helps to brighten the skin.
  • Bakuchiol targets fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Aloe Vera Leaf Juice to further nourish and hydrate the skin.

Editor’s Experience

I love this serum from Alpyn Beauty because it gives an instant glow. It is very different from my other Vitamin C products due to its instantaneous shimmery effect. I also love that this is formulated with Bakuchiol, which allows for some anti-aging benefits. My skin sometimes reacts negatively to Retinol, so it is great to see a gentle alternative included in the formulation. I prefer to use this in the mornings when my skin looks dull or not as naturally glowy. Due to the Mica, I like to use this before my sunscreen. So a typical routine with this product would look like this: gentle cleanser, hydrating toner, soothing serum, gel moisturizer, this Vitamin C serum, and an SPF. When I use this, my skin looks bright and fully rested. It makes for a perfect night’s sleep potion in a bottle!

6YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask with Vitamin C

Looking to add some extra love to your routine? This mask from Youth To The People is an overnight mask that hydrates, plumps, and brightens the skin. The product is great for all skin types, especially dry and dull ones!

Highlighted Ingredients (Other than the benefits of Vitamin C)

  • Squalane mimics the skin’s natural oils and boosts the skin’s hydration levels.
  • Hyaluronic Acid hydrates and plumps the skin.
  • Proprietary Superberry Blend hydrates the skin and helps combat free radicals.

Editor’s Experience

As someone with dry skin, this is the perfect night treatment for me to use! It leaves my skin super hydrated, and I wake up with glowy skin! I love that the product is formulated with many hydrating ingredients. If you need something nourishing, this is the product for you! I use this product at night when my skin feels extra dry or when I feel like my forehead lines are more pronounced than usual. I like to skip my moisturizer step and go in with one or two thin layers of this overnight mask. That way, the Squalane can hydrate the skin, and the Vitamin C penetrates deeper into the skin. The unique factor about this sleeping mask is that it does not feel like it is just sitting on top of your skin. Rather, this sleeping mask feels almost like a moisturizer! Since the product is a bit pricey, I save this for special occasions or when my skin needs a little extra love.

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