The 5 Best Vitamin C Skincare Products For Your Brightest Skin Yet

When it comes to our skin, this ingredient is a game-changer.

By ELLE + Olay
In the beauty world, when we hear the phrase "game-changer", there's one ingredient that comes to mind: Vitamin C.
An essential nutrient for the body's healing process, it's now among our favourites when it comes to superhero skincare ingredients as well.
The powerful antioxidant protects from damage but using Vitamin C cream or Vitamin C skincare can also have a glow-boosting effect, stimulate the production of collagen (think: instant plumping) and fight pigmentation.

Why Our Skin Loves Vitamin C Skincare

Vital for the growth and repair of tissues and cells all over our body, skincare and beauty products use this ingredient to give our skin a little extra boost.
Its major benefit? Protecting our skin from the free radicals found in the air around us, in UV sunlight, smog and even those produced by stress.
They damage our skin, changing its texture, colour and even cell function, and often make the signs of ageing more noticeable. Using a topical Vitamin C cream or serum can help prevent this damage, making it an anti-ageing superstar.
Vitamin C skincare also promotes the production of collagen, which is essential for giving our skin support and structure. In short: more collagen equals plumper, firmer and more youthful skin.
It's also a powerful tool to fight off pigmentation and unwanted dark spots since it impedes melanin production and promotes the turnover of cells.

The Best Vitamin C Skincare In Australia

Ready to add this powerful ingredient to your routine? We've rounded up the best Vitamin C products in Australia right now.
The Ultimate Vitamin C Cream: Olay Luminous Niacinamide + Vitamin C Brightening Face Moisturiser
Olay Luminous Niacinamide + Vitamin C Brightening Face Moisturiser, 50g, $59.99 from Chemist Warehouse.
This citrus-scented, silky and lightweight cream is formulated to brighten dull skin, visibly correct discolouration and reveal skin's natural glow. Olay's new Vitamin C + Niacinamide collection is powered by the brand's biggest scientific breakthrough of the last ten years: its bioavailable technology means products can penetrate ten layers deep to correct the look of uneven tone and texture.
Promising to deliver two times brighter skin in just 28 days*, the Vitamin C cream is backed by years of research by Olay scientists. Ten rounds of consumer testing and 100 formulations later, the Vitamin C formula is the perfect balance between stability and efficacy.
With a blend of Ethyl Ascorbic Acid—an extremely stable form of Vitamin C—peptide and low pH-activated niacinamide, the formula is effective in brightening dull skin and correcting discolouration while being gentle enough to use daily.
Go-To Skincare Much Brighter Skin Brightening Vitamin C Serum
Go-To Skincare Much Brighter Skin Brightening Vitamin C Serum, 30mL, $59 from Go-To.
Heralded as "a daily dose of radiance", this serum is loaded with Vitamin C, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid for bright and bouncy skin. This serum—which promises "no weird smell" or tackiness—brightens dark spots and pigmentation, protects from environmental stressors and replenishes skin for a noticeably smoother and more plump face.
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream, 15mL, $96, from Mecca.
This luxurious Vitamin C cream instantly brightens and hydrates tired-looking eyes, thanks to its combination of Vitamin C, peptides and ceramides. It also tackles free radical damage, and plumps fine lines and wrinkles to repair the signs of ageing.
Lixirskin Vitamin C Paste Mask
LIXIRSKIN Vitamin C Paste Mask, 50mL, $62, from Sephora.
This quick morning mask protects and corrects all in one. With a combination of ascorbic acid to neutralise sebum, and essential proteins that revive dull skin, the paste melts into skin with the warming fragrances of jasmine and mandarin.
Simply leave on for a few minutes before rinsing clean for a vibrant, luminous and smoother complexion from the very first use.
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Vitamin C Serum
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Vitamin C Serum, 30mL, $233, from SkinCeuticals.
A Vitamin C serum with a cult status, its infused with ferulic acid, a plant-based antioxidants that neutralises free radicals and boosts the antioxidant benefits and stability of both Vitamin C and E.
The combination works together to rejuvenate the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, thanks to its high potency, the Vitamin C in the serum remains effective for at least 72 hours after application.
Brought to you by Olay.
* Referring to Olay Niacinamide + Vitamin C Cream vs a basic regular moisturiser