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What did we do before vitamin C? For starters, we got scurvy (but that was a long time ago). As far as our skin is concerned, research began to shed light on the beneficial effects of this antioxidant back in the late 90s, and advances in technology have helped optimize potency, absorption and its visible anti-aging effects. Known to stimulate collagen production and brighten the complexion, liquid-based serums were the only way to give your skin its daily dose before SkinCeuticals introduced their groundbreaking Phloretin CF Gel in 2011. But today, these alternative vitamin C formulations are having their moment in the limelight.
Vitabrid C12 FACE Brightening Powder ($60)
Imagine turning any serum, moisturizer or oil into a vitamin C anti-aging powerhouse. Thatâ€™s exactly what you can do with this versatile powder. Simply shake a dash or two into your product of choice you wonâ€™t even know itâ€™s there, but the only hitch is that itâ€™s recommended for use morning and night to provide the skin with a steady stream of antioxidant protection (and correction). But with that said, itâ€™s an extremely effectiveâ€”and affordableâ€”option.
Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10%Â ($76.50)
With this 28-day regimen, youâ€™re two drops (twice a day) away from rejuvenated skin. Specially packaged into weekly vials that you activate upon use to ensure utmost freshness and potency, simply add to your moisturizer in the morning and at nightâ€”and wait for the vitamin C magic to happen.
Dr. Dream Dream Age Radiance Powder EssenceÂ ($68)
The brainchild of one of South Koreaâ€™s top plastic surgery and dermatology clinics, this powerful powder is enriched with rose stem cells, distilled rose water and, of course, vitamin C. Packaged in a set of four vials, it can be used on its own (the powder transforms into a liquid upon contact with the skin) or mixed into a serum you already have in your skincare arsenal. Even more, it can also be applied as a spot treatment to help brighten dark spots and alleviate dry patches.
True Botanicals Vitamin C Booster ($90)
Yet another add-in that gives one of your existing skincare products a potent antioxidant punch, this powder features a synergistic blend of vitamin C and ferulic acid for optimal anti-aging results. From preventing free-radical damage to providing firming, brightening and wrinkle-fighting benefits, this formulation resists oxidation thanks to its dark brown bottle so youâ€™re sure itâ€™s at the peak of freshness at the moment you mix it.
Ursa Major Brighten Up Vitamin C Serum ($54)
The bottle may say â€œserumâ€ but thereâ€™s no dropper needed for this hydrating gel-based antioxidant. This product is one of the first to feature a highly stable form of vitamin C called ascorbic acid polypeptide, in addition to brightening rose hip, soothing aloe, anti-aging edelweiss, exfoliating aspen bark and redness-reducing rose. Itâ€™s also all-natural and free of sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals and synthetic fragrances and dyes.
NOTE: Vitabrid was provided complimentary for review purposes. All other products were purchased or sampled in-store. All opinions are my own.