Our fave vitamin C serums to boost your summer glow

If TikTok showed us one thing, it's that the clean girl look is here to stay. And the secret to getting that signature glowy complexion? Vitamin C serum.

Vitamin C targets common skin struggles like discoloration from dark spots, uneven skin texture and acne redness. It also contains antioxidants that brighten the overall appearance of your skin. Basically, vitamin C is your new skincare bestie.

How to use it

When it comes to using vitamin C serum, we recommend that you apply it after your go-to cleanser and toner but before your moisturizer—that way your skin has time to absorb the serum and hydrate its cells. (Also, it's v. important to test your serum for allergies on a small section of your arm first. If you don't experience any irritation, you can begin using the serum on your face.)

Now that you learned the basics, here are five vitamin C serums that will turn your glowy girl skin dreams into reality...

Glossier Super Glow Vitamin C Brightening Face Serum

Glossier Super Glow Vitamin C + Magnesium Serum, $29

Experience the power of vitamin C in this perfect potion that works wonders on dry and dull skin. With a blend of collagen-boosting ingredients (aka the protein in your body that keeps your skin looking hydrated by helping new skin cells grow) and antioxidants, it helps diminish uneven texture and fine lines—giving you a glowy complexion. This serum is definitely a must-have for those seeking a dewy look. 

Honest Beauty Vitamin C Radiance Serum

Honest Beauty Vitamin C Radiance Serum, $29

Acne scars can be a major confidence buster, but Honest Beauty's Vitamin C Radiance serum is here to save the day. Infused with vitamin C and hyaluronic acid for extra hydration, this serum helps to reduce discoloration and smooth skin texture. Get ready to show off your super healthy skin!

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%, $14

If you're looking for an affordable yet effective vitamin C serum, look no further than The Ordinary. This water-based serum is great for brightening and enhancing the look of your skin. The gentle formula is suitable for all skin types. 

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Fresh Day Serum

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Fresh Day Serum, $78

Want firmer and more hydrated skin? The Drunk Elephant vitamin C serum is your new beauty go-to. Designed to dissolve dead skin cells and leave skin luminous, this serum reenergizes and protects your skin from environmental pollution. (How does it work? The antioxidants in this serum act as a barrier against UV rays and car emissions and reduces the negative effects of pollution on your skin!) No wonder it's a beauty fave among TikTok creators.

Glow Recipe Guava Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum

Glow Recipe Guava Vitamin C Dark Spot Brightening Treatment Serum, $45

For those dealing with stubborn dark spots, this serum is a game-changer. Its powerful blend of five forms of vitamin C and guava works to fade discoloration and brighten skin without irritation. The lightweight formula absorbs quickly, making it perfect for those hot summer days when you want your skin to feel fresh and rejuvenated. 

Working on your summer glow, check out these helpful tips:
☀️ The newbie's guide to self-tanning
☀️ These sunscreens keep your skin healthy *and* glowy
☀️ Why you should drink more water

Tag us in your summer selfies on Insta @girlslifemag so we can see *your* summer glow!

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by Kukua Honny | 6/20/2023