The best vitamin C skincare buys for boosting brightness


The perks of incorporating vitamin C into your skincare routine are no secret – we’ll bet you’re all well aware of its pigmentation-fighting and brightness-boosting benefits.

But with beauty brands across the board also aware of these impressive features, fresh vit-C-centric products are dropping on the daily, making it real tricky to narrow down which of the many options is the right fit for your face.

We’ve rounded up our standout favourites for every step – from clever capsules to brightening boosters, here are the best vitamin C skincare buys on the market.

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Cleanser: Murad

Murad Essential-C Cleanser ($60,

Remove dirt, restore moisture and revive radiance with this antioxidant-rich cleanser.

Exfoliant: The Body Shop

The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser

A gentle cleansing polish packed with soothing aloe vera, jojoba particles for light exfoliation, and glow-enhancing vit-C.

Toner: Trilogy

Trilogy Vitamin C Energising Mist Toner

Spritz your way to balanced, brightened skin with this zesty blend of vitamin C and mandarin and tangerine oils.

Serum: La Roche-Posay

La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C10 Serum

Glow isn’t the only thing this silky serum takes care of; it also works overtime in the wrinkle-smoothing department.

Capsules: Elizabeth Arden

Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum

Into single serve skincare? Us too. Each of these ultra-potent capsules contains the ideal daily dose of vit-C. Very impressive.

Moisturiser: Ole Henriksen

Ole Henriksen C-Rush Brightening Gel Creme ($60,

This stress, pollution and fatigue-fighting formula eliminates signs of dullness and dehydration.

Booster: Clinique

Clinique Fresh Pressed™ Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10%

Mix two drops of this brightening booster with your moisturiser for a serious lift in luminosity.

Mask: Skin Physics

Skin Physics Oxygen-C Gentle Vitamin C Exfoliating Mask

A gentle exfoliating mask that harnesses vit-C’s brightening abilities, while also removing dead skin cells.

Tint: Andalou

Andalou Vitamin C BB Beauty Balm Sheer Tint SPF 30

This sheer mineral skin tint offers coverage, care and added sun protection in one luminising hit.


Eye Cream: Dermalogica

Dermalogica BioLumin-C Eye Serum

This supercharged eye serum brightens, firms and works to combat fine lines.

Main image credit: @elizabetharden Do you use vitamin C in your skincare routine? Which products are your favourites?

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  1. I love using and trying new skincare products that helps brighten my skin!! Super recommend kiehl’s dark spot treatment and shiseido white lucent serum- expensive but they really do work! XD Always remember to use sunscreen during the day especially after using vitamin C skin care… or else there will be opposite effect&your skin will become very sensitive to the sun. It’s also important for everyone to intake more vitamin C fruits and supplements now to our boost immune system to prevent catching any flu and virus. Hope everyone stays safe&healthy

  2. I have used the Trilogy Vitamin mist and it is not my favourite… I found it rather sticky. I prefer the mist from Ella Bache… a little expensive (probably wouldn't purchase it with my own $$$$) but I got it as a GWP.

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  4. I’ve just purchased a new bottle of Vitamin C serum last Thursday. I bought the Mecca Cosmetica brand. It’s 15% Vitamin C. They have given me generous samples, and I was really happy with it. Plus every time I walk past, I put some on the back of my hands, and they’ve never looked so good! It’s supposedly coming by express postage, so hopefully it will arrive tomorrow.

  5. I have tried The Body Shop Vitamin C range, but I didn’t really like it. I love the Elizabeth Arden capsules. I got some from Rewards Room a while back. Absolutely gorgeous! They are all gone now. I also love the Kiehl’s Vitamin C serum, but I won’t repurchase because it’s too expensive for it is. The Vitamin C percentage is too low compared to others available.

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