The Best Bargain & Bougie Serums With Vitamin C, 2020's Most Googled Skincare Ingredient

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We've Googled a lot of things in 2020.

When will this be over? Do I have coronavirus? How to get rid of maskne, among other things.

But according to a new study into our search histories, the most Googled skincare ingredient of 2020 is... vitamin C!

This research was done in the UK, but a quick look at Google Trends shows Aussies have been searching vitamin C more often than the likes of retinol, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and salicylic acid over the last 12 months.

(Sure, this might have something to do with people wanting to take vitamin C supplements during a worldwide health pandemic, but onwards.)

If you are one of the thousands of people Googling the best vitamin C serum, you're in luck. Below, you'll find out exactly what is vitamin C, what vitamin C for skin does, and the best vitamin C serum for every budget.

You can learn more about affordable vitamin C products in our YouTube video below!

What Is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient, but it's also an active ingredient found in skincare with a high antioxidant content.

Whether it's natural or synthetic, vitamin C is a notoriously unstable ingredient, so you'll actually find one of its derivatives in your product's ingredients list. The most common and well tolerated form of vitamin C is Ascorbic acid/L-ascorbic acid.

Still confused? Listen to our expert breakdown of all things vitamin C on this episode of the Beauty IQ Uncensored podcast below!

What Does Vitamin C for Skin Do?

The benefits of using a vitamin C skincare product in the morning under moisturiser and SPF include:

  • Protection from age-accelerating free radicals.

  • Repairing of existing environmental damage.

  • Treatment of pigmentation, discolouration and uneven skin tone.

  • A brightening and radiance-inducing effect for the skin.

Best Vitamin C Serum.

Here are the best vitamin C serums for every skin type and budget.

1. La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C10 Serum.

Suitable for more sensitive skin types, and those prone to congestion, this more affordable formula features a high concentration of 10% pure vitamin C, combined with salicylic acid and a patented soothing complex. The La Roche-Posay Redermic Vitamin C10 Serum 30ml has a lightweight, water gel texture that absorbs quickly and works to boost radiance and clarity, without irritation.

2. Société Triple C Vitamin Therapy Serum.

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When we spoke to Clinical Educator at Advanced Skin Technology Brooke Child on the Beauty IQ Uncensored podcast, she said the Société Triple C Vitamin Therapy Serum is her favourite vitamin C serum right now. It's pricey, but you're paying for the elegant, advanced formulation. This product blends three stable forms of vitamin C to give you the highest antioxidant protection, without irritation. The formula won't breakdown or oxidise, either.

3. Alpha-H Vitamin C.

Another brilliant entry level vitamin C serum, the Alpha-H Vitamin C 25ml serum will also look chic in your bathroom. This Aussie-made serum contains Ethyl Ascorbic acid and antioxidants to assist the strengthening, firming and preservation of the skin against further UVA and UVB damage. Hyaluronic acid is in there too for added hydration.

4. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum.

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This is the OG, cult favourite vitamin C serum of beauty editors around the world. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum is also the product Adore founder Kate Morris wouldn't be caught without. Yes, it smells like off Christmas ham, but the formula's combination of 15% vitamin C, 1% Vitamin E and Ferulic acid helps to prevent premature signs of ageing and stimulate collagen production.

5. Medik8 C-Tetra Intense.

If you're here for the strong shit, this is it. Medik8 C-Tetra + Intense Lipid Vitamin C Antioxidant Serum 30ml features 100% stable vitamin C that remains potent and highly effective. It stimulates collagen and elastin production while boosting skin with antioxidants to prevent and repair free radical damage, as well as brightening the skin and restoring radiance. It leaves the skin feeling feeling plump, soft and smooth.

6. KORA Organics Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum.

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For natural skincare lovers, the KORA Organics Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum 30ml features a blend of 12% Ascorbyl Glucoside, botanical extracts, natural forms of vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to brighten the skin, target pigmentation and protect the skin from environmental damage. It's also model Miranda Kerr's favourite (she did make it, after all).