The pandemic gave us a lot to freak out about. The will-I-get-COVID freakout. The toilet paper freakout. The will-I-lose-my-job freakout. The when-will-my-kid-go-back-to-school freakout. And if you’re like me - the skin freakout. Thanks to a lovely combination of stress, lack of sleep, poor eating and "maskne" my skin was in need of a serious reset.

My secret weapon? Vitamin C.

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Why is Vitamin C Good For My Skin?

So why turn to Vitamin C to save me from my skin freakout? Lots of reasons. Vitamin C has been shown to:

  • brighten skin
  • promote collagen production
  • diminish fine lines
  • minimize redness
  • protects skin from free radicals caused by UV exposure
  • fade hyperpigmentation and brown spots
  • address signs of aging
  • enhance skin radiance
  • reduce under-eye circles

All things I needed after a year plus of the pandemic. Plus, it’s suitable for all skin types and ages.

6 Vitamin C Products To Try

There are all types of vitamin C products. The only question is finding one that is the right fit for you.

Lucky for you, I spent half the pandemic exploring different Vitamin C products. Here are six that are worth trying out.

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Lightweight Vitamin C: Lumene Nordic-C Glow Boost Essence

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Luxe Vitamin C: ILONA Beyond C Corrective Serum

Willing to pay a bit more for your skincare to feel like silk on the skin? ILONA’s Beyond C Corrective Serum contains two attached vials. The black one combines a unique probiotic to strengthen your skin’s defenses and a micronized niacin to calm inflammation, reduce redness and rebuild your skin’s ceramide barrier. The gold one contains potent and super-stable vitamin C to visibly brighten, even skin tone and strengthen your skin’s resilience against oxidation, toxins, pollutants. When the two mix? Pure luxurious, bliss on your skin.

The No-Brainer Multi-Tasker: StriVectin Super-C Retinol

I know research tells us we can’t multitask well, but I’m pretty sold that motherhood often requires it. StriVectin’s Super-C Retinol doesn’t reveal its percentage of vitamin C or retinol, but I can tell you this: I noticed a difference when I used this (pssst - and it was even simple enough I got my husband to use it too!) It’s gentle enough to use day and night, it smells lovely and it feels like I’m getting two for the price of one: vitamin C and retinol application on my skin every night in an easy no-brainer bottle.

The Dupe Multi-Tasker: DRMTLGY Advanced C E Ferulic

There is another brand that has a C E Ferulic acid serum - you may have heard of it. It works. But - shhhh - this one works too. And it’s almost 50% cheaper! What can I say? A good dupe is hard to beat. This DRMTLGY Advanced C E Ferulic contains Vitamin C 15%, Vitamin E 1%, and Ferulic Acid 0.5% (cough, cough - same percentages of that other one) to reduce fine lines, lighten hyperpigmentation and provide antioxidant protection.

Eye Love It: LilyAna Natural Vitamin C Eye Cream

The post-pandemic dark circles are REAL around her. Poor sleep? Allergies? Too much stress? Too much wine? All possibilities. What I know is LilyAna’s Vitamin C Eye Cream is making me look brighter, smoother and more awake thanks to soothing niacinamide, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and brightening licorice root.

My Vitamin C Holy Grail: Skin Authority Super-C Serum

I have a confession to make: I didn’t even open this for a full month when it first showed up. It had the container plus a separate dropper and when I saw it, I immediately thought it was too much for me. Too high maintenance. A dropper that had to be kept separate from the bottle? Not me. But when I finally tried the SkinAuthority Super-C Serum. WOW. Take note: I don’t expect this with skin care products, but with SkinAuthority’s Super-C Serum, I saw OVERNIGHT results. Like wake-up-wow results. Again and again and again. I’d say, I got a full 6 months before I started to notice a decrease in the results I was getting (likely due to oxidation of the product). So take my word for it: the dropper is worth the extra work (and cost).

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