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The Best Vitamin C Serums For Every Budget In 2024

By Phoebe Youl

Here at Urban List, we know Vitamin C (or ascorbic acid on an ingredient list) is one of the most hyped ingredients in skincare—and for good reason. It’s a potent antioxidant that can help protect, hydrate and brighten the skin, all while assisting in overall collagen production and the reduction of pigmentation, including sun damaged and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

But before we answer the question, what are the best Vitamin C serums? There are a few things you should know about this powerhouse skincare product before investing. As a fairly unstable ingredient (meaning it can break down when exposed to light or air), it’s important to store any Vitamin C products in a cool, dark area away from direct sunlight. You should also use Vitamin C products quickly after opening so as to ensure their efficacy. 

The Best Vitamin C Serums To Shop In 2024

Best Overall Serum SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

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Pricey but potent, SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum is a cut above the rest, regularly hitting best-of lists for dermatologists and beauty editors alike. It uses a patented formula that is super stable, suitable to all skin types, light to apply, absorbent on the skin, and sits easily under other skincare and make up. While it's intended to help with fine lines and wrinkles, it also gives the immediate effect of plump glowy skin. If this is within your budget, it is worth the investment.

Best Value La Roche-Posay 10% Pure Vitamin C Face Serum

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This powerful Vitamin C serum will help to protect your skin from environmental damage as well as improve overall radiance. Designed to be suitable for all skin types (including sensitive), La Roche-Posay’s Vitamin C10 Serum blends stable, pure vitamin C with supportive, effective ingredients that improve the skin’s texture and tone—making the fact that it's easier on the wallet just a bonus.

Best For Beginners CeraVe Skin Renewing Vitamin C Serum

Image Credit: Adore Beauty CeraVe Skin Renewing Vitamin C Serum | Website

This budget-friendly serum contains a hydrating cocktail of brightening Vitamins C, hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 to nourish and soothe the skin. Its quick absorbing and non-greasy formula means it's perfect for applying under make up in the morning and suitable for all types of skin.

Best For Oily Skin Skinceuticals Phloretin CF

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Although certainly on the pricier end, this Vitamin C serum is formulated with oily and combination skin in mind, and our oily T-zone is ever so grateful. Treat yourself to the good stuff and add this serum that targets free radicals, cell turnover, and discolouration to your routine.

Best For Sensitive Skin IS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance+

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An excellent choice for blemish-prone, sensitive and ageing skin, this highly potent yet gentle Vitamin C serum contains l-ascorbic acid, Vitamin E and A, and olive leaf extract for extremely powerful antioxidant protection while decreasing the signs of ageing.

Best For Mature Skin Aspect Extreme C 20

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If you haven't heard of them, Aspect sources the highest-quality ingredients possible from the world's best pharmaceutical and bio-technology companies. Their Vitamin C serum is one of the best, with a lightweight and fast-absorbing formula that works to reduce fine lines while firming and brightening the skin.

Best For Pigmentation Beauté Pacifique Tyrostase Brown Pigment Equaliser

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Specifically designed to target all types of pigmentation, including sun damage, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (from blemishes) or from other forms of skin trauma, Beauté Pacifique Tyrostase Brown Pigment Equaliser works to help restore your skin to a bright and even tone. The product's multiple forms of Vitamin C, alongside other active ingredients, including Retinyl Palmitate, vitamins and herbal extracts ensures a multi-pronged and effective approach to tackling your pigmentation concerns.

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