Vitamin C, typically touted as the Holy Grail of skincare ingredients, is one of our all-time favorites in skincare - we will try anything with Vitamin C in the ingredient list. Because of Vitamin C potent antioxidant properties and ability to neutralize free-radicals, this hero ingredient can help aid in your skin's natural regeneration process, which in turn helps your body repair damaged skin cells. So what does that mean for our skin?
For one, because it's highly acidic, when Vitamin C is used topically skin is triggered to heal itself by accelerating the production of collagen and elastin, which in turn help to keep skin plump and firm. That's a total win in our book for preventing premature aging. The most fantastic thing though about this ingredient is that it contains a property that inhibits your skin's melanin production, which is what causes skin discoloration like dark spots and hyperpigmentation, so essentially it's a superior brightening agent.
Here are some of our favorite products utilizing this amazing ingredient:
Best for: Pimples
Product pick: Black Cumin + Cajeput Serum Concentrate
Why it rocks: Bye, breakouts! This miracle serum is formulated specifically for problematic skin, and works to reduce the appearance of blemishes. Containing just three ingredients—purifying black cumin oil, cleansing cajeput oil, and soothing vitamin E—this blend is so potent you only need a couple of drops to see results. Whether used as a preventative serum or as a spot treatment, this efficacious formula treats and calms, leaving behind a clean and clear complexion.
Price: $36.00 (.17 oz)
Best for: Cleansing
Company: PAI Skincare
Product pick: Light Work Rosehip Cleansing Oil
Why it rocks: Formulated with vitamin C-rich rosehip—the star of Pai's iconic Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil—this golden cleansing elixir effortlessly rinses away every last trace of sweat, grime, and makeup. Conditioning olive and sunflower oils melt away impurities, while geranium and jasmine oils soothe and soften, leaving even the most sensitive skin feeling fresh, balanced, and oh-so-clean.
Price: $56.00 (4.9 oz)
Best for: Brightening
Company: Leahlani Skincare
Product pick: Siren Brightening Serum
Why it rocks: Pure Hawaiian sunshine, her scent alone will lure you in. A radiant and skin-brightening serum, infused with vitality boosting algae and organic and cold pressed oils rich in Vitamins C + A. With a luminous blend of Sea Buckthorn CO2, carrot seed, geranium, rose, ylang-ylang, and sweet citrus will absorb effortlessly into your skin, leaving your complexion feeling fresh and vibrant.
Price: $48.00 (1.01 oz)
Best for: Exfoliating
Product pick: Vitamin C Probiotic Polish
Why it rocks: Fast acting exfoliant delivers instant radiance. Probiotic rich Pomegranate Enzymes to help fade appearance of hyperpigmentation, dark spots and uneven skin tone. Vitamin C instantly brightens complexion. Exfoliating powder activates upon contact with water for maximum potency.
Price: $72.00 (1 oz)
Best for: Hydrating
Company: Indie Lee
Product pick: Superfruit Facial Cream
Why it rocks: Protect the skin with this high performance face cream. Enriched with Vitamin C and skin smoothing natural Peptides, this reparative blend nourishes and brightens the complexion. Hyaluronic Acid hydrates and AHAs gently refine texture and tone. Pomegranate, Acai Berry and Acerola Fruit extracts work in synergy with Algae to condition and protect the complexion from oxidative stress. Skin appears smoother, supple and with a youthful healthy glow.
Price: $105.00 (1.69 oz)
Best for: Weekly Mask
Company: Honua Hawaiian Skincare
Why it rocks: This mask is a weekly treatment for a revitalized glow. It's created with the Hawaiian super plant, Kalo, which feeds the skin with phytonutrients, and vitamins and minerals such as beta-carotene, vitamins A and C, and skin-rejuvenating manganese. This mask also contains bamboo charcoal to draw out impurities from the skin, ni’oi (Hawaiian chili pepper) for mild stimulation and restoring tamanu oil for balance and hydration.
Price: $38.00 (1.78 oz)