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The One Serum You Should Be Using Everyday, According to Dermatologists

Dermatologists consider Vitamin C "one of the greatest anti-agers nature has produced." So why aren't you using it?
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Skincare devotees and dermatologists have long extolled the virtues of products containing Vitamin C. And now that serums packed with the antioxidant are available from nearly every major beauty brand—and at every price point—you have no excuse not to use one. Why?

“Vitamin C is one of the greatest anti-agers nature has produced,” says New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross. “After you apply a Vitamin C treatment product, such as a serum, you’ll see a radiant sheen to the skin. And with long term use, it helps to build collagen and firmness.”

Here are 12 expert and editor-approved Vitamin C serums, plus tips from dermatologists about how to incorporate them into your skincare routine.

Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate


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"Vitamin C sucks up the free radicals that can lead to aging and skin cancer caused by ultraviolet light," explains Connecticut-based dermatologist Dr. Mona Gohara. "Think of it as 'Pac-Man' eating those little pellets."

Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum


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Vitamin C serums have both instantaneous and long-term effects. Immediately after applying, your skin will have a radiant sheen, and with continued use—after about four to six weeks—you'll notice an overall improvement in skin tone and hyperpigmentation. 

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Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum


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"Not all Vitamin C serums are created equal," says Dr. Gohara. "The concentration and consistency varies from product to product."

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum


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"One of the keys to maximizing the benefits of any product in your daily skincare regimen is to apply products with a thinner consistency before the thicker more creamy ones," advises Dr. Gross.

Isdin Isdinceutics Flavo-C Ultraglican Ampollas


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"This is my favorite Vitamin C formulation right now," says Dr. Heidi Waldorf of Waldorf Dermatology Aesthetics. "Because it comes in ampules, the product remains active until ready you're ready to use it. The special cap can be closed to protect the serum left in the ampule from oxidizing for 24 hours." Each ampule contains enough for two applications.

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Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum


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“Serums contain the most potent dose of ingredients to tackle your skincare concern. You would be doing your skin a disservice not to use one," says Dr. Gross.

Yes To Grapefruit Vitamin C Booster


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Products containing Vitamin C help protect the skin from the effects of pollution, cigarette smoke, and ultraviolet light. But Dr. Waldorf warns that Vitamin C is not a sunscreen. "It doesn’t absorb the light—it just helps reduce the damage that occurs in skin cells from ultraviolet light," she says.

Joanna Vargas Rescue Serum


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Vitamin C-packed serums—as opposed to other Vitamin C products—are particularly effective because they deliver a high concentration of active ingredients to the skin, explains Dr. Waldorf. Also, they absorb easily and can be applied under or over a lotion or cream without feeling sticky or slick.

Skinmedica Vitamin C+E Complex


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The combination of Vitamin C and E "prove that two vitamins are better than one," says Dr. Gohara. "Both work synergistically to provide rejuvenating benefits to the skin, such as improved skin tone, smoother texture, and increased firmness."

OZNaturals Vitamin C Facial Serum


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Though the serums do have myriad benefits, Dr. Waldorf warns that Vitamin C "is not a magic wand" and should be used in conjunction with a full skincare regimen, including sunscreen.

Dr. Loretta Anti-Aging Repair Serum


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"Vitamin C has been shown to help regulate the synthesis of collagen, speed cell turnover, and reduce the appearance of some new pigmentation which translates into better texture, color, radiance," says Dr. Waldorf.

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Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum


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Though some experts say that Vitamin C serums can be used either in the morning or at night, Dr. Gohara generally advises applying it before you start your day. "It’s the first thing to hit my face after I get out of the shower," she says. "It's best to use in the AM because it fights off free radical damage caused by UV light."

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

Prices are based on the conversion rate of $1 = P52.04.

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