But let’s back up a bit. You might be in the same boat as I was and think, “What the heck is a vitamin C serum? Do I really need it in my life?” I mean, if you’re going to spend money on it—and not necessarily $166 but any amount on any of the serums out there—you’re going to want to know what you’re signing up for.
Well, I’ve got the answer for you. “Vitamin C is probably the most commonly recommended antioxidant ingredient that is widely touted as an essential component of your daily skincare routine,” says board-certified dermatologist Flora Kim, MD, FAAD. “It is reported to be the ‘holy grail’ of skincare ingredients, as it is able to do multiple wonderful things for our skin, from neutralizing free radicals to lightening hyperpigmentation to addressing wrinkles—just to name a few.” Its other benefits include reducing blemishes, treating acne outbreaks, stimulating collagen, and promoting radiance and even skin tone.