Vitamin C serums are super buzzy right now in the beauty industry and on social media, but what are they really? And what are they used for? Every beauty industry expert will tell you they’re the key to glowing skin, but why? Let’s break it down.

When applied to the skin, vitamin C brightens dull complexions and stimulates collagen production to help prevent fine lines. It also has antioxidant properties, which help protect the skin from airborne toxins and pollutants. It can even help reverse some of the damage that’s already been done to the skin. So bottom line—it helps your skin glow while also protecting it from future signs of aging.

Vitamin C Serums: The Key to Glowing Skin Camila Coelho

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You want to make sure you’re using a good vitamin C formula for best results. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic is a fan-favorite for a reason: It delivers serious results. The bottle is pricey, but it contains 15% vitamin C, plus 1% vitamin E to help protect the skin from environmental pollutants. Another great option is Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Vitamin C Serum. Not only does this formula work, but it’s 100% clean—meaning there’s no toxic chemicals or parabens. Sunday Riley’s C.E.O. Brightening Serum is another great option, offering 15% vitamin C to help combat dull skin. PCA Skin also makes a powerful formula called C-Quench Antioxidant Serum, which also contains hyaluronic acid to keep skin hydrated at the same time.

Vitamin C Serums: The Key to Glowing Skin Camila Coelho

Have you tried a vitamin C serum? How did you like it?

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