Whether you’re seeking something to lighten your acne scars or to boost your natural glow, a vitamin C serum is worth incorporating in your routine. Today we break down the five best-sellers to guide your serum shopping.

The Gold Standard: Skinceuticals C E Ferulic with 15% L-Ascorbic Acid ($166)

If you want the best of the best, look no further than Skinceuticals’ CE Ferulic Serum. Made with the golden ratio of ingredients that makes vitamin C eight times more effective, this formula is patented by Skinceuticals to be the best of the best.

This means other companies can’t mimic the formula without adding some modifications, and whether those are bad or good for your skin will depend on your personal preferences. If you’re prone to malassezia-induced breakouts, this will be right up your alley as well, as the serum is fungal acne-safe.

The only caveat with this serum is the hefty price tag — but hey, good skincare backed by research can be a good investment. If you’re planning to splurge on a skincare product in 2020, let it be this. 

The Cult Favourite: Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum ($80)

One of Drunk Elephant’s first products, the C-Firma Day Serum enters 2020 as a cult favourite vitamin C serum. Like the Skinceuticals serum, it’s made with the holy trifecta of vitamin C, tocopherol, and ferulic acid aimed to maximize the benefits for your skin.

Unlike the Skinceuticals serum, this comes with pumpkin ferment extract and pomegranate enzymes to help dissolve dead surface skin cells. Free of essential oils, artificial fragrance, and the rest of the ‘suspicious six’ that the brand avoids in its formulations, this one is your go-to if you want the benefits of Skinceuticals at half the price.

The K-Beauty Favourite: Goodal Green Tangerine Vita C Dark Spot Serum ($21)

With a plethora of affordable options, K-Beauty is the gift that keeps on giving. When it comes to vitamin C serums, the Goodal Green Tangerine Vita C Serum is the top-selling product on the shelves in South Korea.

Rather than L-Ascorbic Acid, which can be irritating for some people, the serum is formulated with 70% vitamin C-rich green tangerine extract and works just as effectively. If you’re looking for a gentler alternative of vitamin C serum at a more affordable price, we highly recommend putting this in your cart.

The Oil Serum to Try: Sunday Riley Vitamin C and Turmeric Face Oil ($40)

If you’re looking for a luxurious sensational experience in your skincare, oil serums never let you down. Known for mixing skin-loving botanical oils and skincare science, Sunday Riley’s line is one to check out.

Their Vitamin C and Turmeric Face Oil is formulated with THD Ascorbate (another vit-C derivative that’s gentler than L-Ascorbic Acid), golden turmeric extract, raspberry seed oil, jojoba oil, and pomegranate oil for that extra antioxidant defense and glow. Plus, this gorgeous glass bottle is going to look fancy on your skincare shelf. 

The Instagram Darling: Summer Fridays CC Me Vitamin C Serum ($64)

You’d be hard-pressed to not see a Summer Friday snapshot whenever you check out the #skincare posts on Instagram, and their CC Me Vitamin C serum is the newest in the line.

Packed with ethyl ascorbic acid, ascorbyl glucoside (both of which are two forms of vitamin C) and niacinamide, this serum’s mission is to help you reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

The serum is also made with botanical oils and peptide complex, designed to keep your skin looking fresh, healthy, and glowing. 

What Vitamin C serum are you looking to try? Let us know in the comments!