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5 New Vitamin C Serums That Banish Dark Spots in No Time

Get ready for even, glowy skin.

By: Hannah Baxter

In the battle against hyperpigmentation and dark spots, vitamin C is pretty much the best over-the-counter product in your skin-care arsenal. The potent antioxidant eliminates free-radical damage from the sun, pollution, and various other environmental stressors, and helps your skin regenerate and repair damaged cells. In the same way it’s wise to incorporate vitamin Crich foods like oranges, kale, and tomatoes into your diet to keep your body healthy, a topical treatment will only improve your skin’s ability to heal itself.

However, not all vitamin C products are created equal. The ingredient is fairly unstable and can quickly grow ineffective after a few months on your shelf. You can spot a formula that has gone bad once the serum oxidizes (meaning it has come into contact with oxygen for too long and has undergone a chemical change) and turns yellowish brown. Luckily, brands are coming up with new methods of formulation to ensure that your favorite products stay potent longer. That means you can continue using them until the bottle runs out without sacrificing efficacy. More beauty bang for your buck, so to speak. These five new serums are just a few of our current favorites. Check them out below.

Protocol Vitamin C Superserum, $72

One of the toughest parts of formulating a vitamin C serum is keeping it from oxidizing during the production process. Los Angeles–based brand Protocol formulates in a lab that’s also used by NASA and the US Navy to ensure that the product is in an airtight state throughout. In fact, the packaging guarantees that the L-ascorbic acid (a potent form of vitamin C) never sees light or air until you dispense it for daily use. No more wasting product or worrying that it will be less effective after three months on your shelf—just glowy, even skin.

Bliss Bright Idea Vitamin C + Tri-peptide Collagen Protecting & Brightening Serum, $25

This serum is a part of Bliss’ new vitamin C collection (which includes both an eye cream and a moisturizer) and contains a stable form of vitamin C called 3-O-ethyl ascorbic acid, along with tripeptides, which support skin cell renewal through collagen regeneration. That means brighter, firmer skin for you at an extremely accessible price point.

Boscia Vitamin C with Caviar Lime Booster Serum, $46

Along with the brightening properties of vitamin C, getting your skin’s texture to its smoothest, most even state is vital for a super glowy complexion. That’s why we love the added caviar lime in this serum, which contains alpha hydroxy acids to exfoliate the dead skin cells on the surface of your face, leaving only bright, clear skin behind.

Goopglow 20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $125

This serum packs a huge punch in a tiny package with 20 percent L-ascorbic acid as well as hydrating hyaluronic acid. The vitamin C comes as a shelf-stable powder, which you then mix with the hyaluronic serum when you’re ready to use it. Skin feels drenched with moisture after application, and you’ll have nary a dark spot in sight.

BeautyStat Universal C Skin Refiner, $80

This gel-cream serum sold out less than 24 hours after it launched on Violet Grey, which speaks volumes to its effectiveness at brightening, smoothing, and hydrating your skin. It has 20 percent L-ascorbic acid as well as EGCG, aka epigallocatechin gallate, the active component in green tea. Together with the vitamin C, it fights free-radical damage with a potent boost of antioxidants so you’re looking smoother and brighter, fast.

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