One of the best decisions I have made in recent years, skincare wise, has to be incorporating Vitamin C serum into my day time routine, my favorite way of applying which has been mixing it liberally with some sort of hydration serum (the SkinCeutical H.A Intensifier has been my absolute favorite). The results wasn’t astonishing immediately, but over time, I have noticed a few discoloration spots on the top of my cheekbones have noticeably faded, and my complexion overall just looks a bit brighter and much less dull – so I don’t look like I lack of sleep on the days I don’t put on blush. And there are 3 Vitamin C serums that I have thoroughly enjoyed and would keep repurchasing in this journey.
SkinCeutical C.E. Ferulic (15% L-ascorbic acid): the one you cannot escape from in the topic of vitamin C serum. It’s apparently an industry pioneer, and for very good reasons. Even though it’s the most expensive one out of all the vitamin C serums I have tried, it does deliver the result! I usually apply 5 drops for my entire face and neck, mixed with the aforementioned SkinCeutical H.A. Intensifier Hyaluronic serum – a pricey yet undeniably dreamy combination. It stays a bit tacky when first applied, but sits well under various moisturizers and foundations I’ve tried. A bottle lasts me about 6 months with daily usage, it does change into darker orange color as the vitamin C starts to oxidize, but I’m always able to finish it up before it gets too dark or changes consistency.
Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C (10% L-ascorbic acid): is brilliant for its ingenious design. You only activate the Vitamin C when you remove the foil and press the inner bulk to push vitamin C powder into the soothing lotion, which makes it possible to stock up the item (I usually stock up mine during Sephora 20% off sales) and always ensure you have the most fresh Vitamin C, even with the extremely unstable nature of L-ascorbic acid, which is the most potent form of Vitamin C. One tube contains 8.5ml of product, and usually lasts 2 weeks of daily use for me. In addition to the package, I would also say the formula is quite lovely, which absorbs into my skin very quickly, leaves no sticky feeling on the face. So texture wise, I would actually prefer the Clinique one over the SkinCeutical.
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum (15% L-ascorbic acid) has all the hype around it. Though to be honest, the entire brand of Drunk Elephant has received so much attention that it almost feels like you are wrong if you don’t like any of its products. That’s another topic for another day. For this Vitamin C serum, I do actually like it a lot (so much more than the T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum), it’s more of an liquid consistency than Clinique, but slightly less running and thicker than the SkinCeutical, blends well with all hyaluronic acid serums I have, and very similar to Clinique, my skin just drinks it up completely in a matter of seconds, leaves no sticky or tacky feeling on the skin, absolutely beautiful and luxurious. Though, I would say I feel the Drunk Elephant C Firma day serum seems to be oxidize the fastest among the three, which is surprising given its sleek package, which should help preserve the serum better than the SkinCeutical one. I now keep it inside refrigerator after every use, and it seems to be helping slow down the oxidation process.
It’s hard for me to pick a favorite among the three, as I would happily use any of them interchangeably. Price wise, Clinique is slightly lower than the Drunk Elephant one, with SkinCeutical being the most pricey option. I’m currently having my eyes on the Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster, which looks like a promising and wallet friendly dupe for the SkinCeutical C.E Ferulic.
To wrap up my slightly lengthy ramble, if you haven’t already doing so, I would highly recommend adding Vitamin C serum to your day time routine, which is a perfect combo and works excellently with Sunscreen, as far as anti-aging goes. And you cannot go wrong with any of the three above mentioned Vitamin C serums, if your budget allows. If you are not ready to spend much on Vitamin C, but would like to give it a try, the best budget friendly option I have personally tried, and would 100% recommend is the TruSkin Vitamin C in Amazon, which has thousands and thousands of raving reviews.