The Best Vitamin C Serums for Every Budget

Who among us doesn’t want healthier, glowier, brighter, and smoother skin? That’s why vitamin c is such an essential skincare ingredient. The antioxidant protects skin from UV damage, stimulates collagen production, and lifts away dark spots revealing bright and glowing skin. The easiest way to work it into your routine is by way of a serum. Just a few drops, applied before moisturizer in the morning, will leave skin protected all day long. Ahead, 12 of our favorite and award-winning vitamin c serums for every budget.


Drugstore Deal

10% Pure Vitamin C Serum L’Oréal Paris


L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Vitamin C Concentrate eradicates dullness with a potent dose of with vitamin C. (The airtight tube and waterless formula ensures that this finicky ingredient stays stable.)


Anti-Aging Award Winner

C E Ferulic SkinCeuticals


When we polled our panel of dermatologists for the 2019 Anti-Aging Awards, SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic consistently came up as one of the must- haves for firmer, more radiant skin. The combo of vitamins and ferulic acid instantly gives skin back its glow.

3 Rapid Tone Repair Brightening 20% Vitamin C Serum Capsules

This vitamin c serum is housed in squishy capsules that deliver the perfect dose of the skin-brightening ingredient. Just pop open the capsule and press it onto your skin.

4 Truth Serum



This serum absorbs quickly and has a citrusy scent, unlike a lot of other potent vitamin c serums. We love layering it before makeup in the morning.

5 C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum



Use this once a day for a week and tell us your skin doesn’t look fresh and plump like you just got a facial. 

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Natural Pick

C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum Drunk Elephant


We love the air-tight packaging and natural formula, plus the fact that it eradicated our pesky sun spots in less than two weeks. 

8 Universal C Skin Refiner



This isn’t exactly a serum but not quite a cream. The unique fragrance-free formula feels like a plush gel with tiny granules of encapsulated L-Ascorbic acid that instantly absorb right into skin. Paired with EGCG (the active in green tea), squalane, and exfoliating tartaric acid, this genius formula will deliver brighter, smoother skin faster than most other vitamin c products out there.


Natural Pick

Violet-C Brightening Serum 20% Vitamin C + 10% AHA Tatcha


Vitamin c is supported by 10% AHA fruit acids to help gently exfoliate in this natural serum, boosting the skin-glowing results. 

10 Vitamin C Ester Brightening Serum

Perricone MD


Be sure to pat this vitamin c serum around your eyes and mouth to visibly soften fine lines and crow’s feet.

11 Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10%



Mix two drops of this concentrated vitamin c booster in your favorite skincare products, then go about your routine as usual. 

12 Pineapple-C Brightening Serum

Glow Recipe


This serum has the best possible blend of ingredients to deliver your glowiest skin ever. Pure pineapple juice— a natural source of vitamin C— is combined with exfoliating AHAs and bromelain enzymes to retexturize dull and spotty skin. It’s non-irritating, though, thanks to the chamomile and skin-plumping hyaluronic acid.

13 Obagi System Professional-C 20% Vitamin C Serum



This elixir is potent—so a little goes a long way. Pat this on in the morning when you’re ready for serious, derm-level skin-smoothing results from your own bathroom counter.


Amazon Deal

TruSkin Vitamin C Serum for Face TruSkin Naturals

Thousands of positive Amazon reviews all come to one conclusion: this is the best vitamin C serum you can get with two-day delivery and for less than $20 bucks. 

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