Vitamin C is one of my favourite skincare ingredients. It works for most skin types, reduces pigmentation, adds a beautiful glow to the face, and boosts collagen production to reverse aging. Moreover, it is believed to protect the skin from photoaging too, when used under a sunscreen during the day. This is why, a vitamin C serum is a morning skincare essential for me. I have tried my fair share of serums over the years, and here are my top 5 vitamin c serums in India!
1. Vaunt Vitamin C Water
Starting my list of the best Vitamin C Serums in India (in no particular order) with the Vaunt Vitamin C Water. This is a very gentle 5% vitamin C serum, with sodium ascorbyl phosphate, that is beginner-friendly and non-problematic across skin types. It has a light-weight, watery consistency that sinks into the skin really quickly. After using it for a month or so, you will notice an increased radiance on your face. For faster results against blemishes, I will recommend using it under the Vaunt BBFF Moisturizer.
Price – INR 745 for 30ml
2. Dr. Sheth’s Amla VC20 Vitamin C Serum
One of my recent favourites amongst Vitamin C serums in India is the Dr. Sheth’s Amla VC20 Vitamin C Serum. This is the vitamin c serum that you need if you want quick results in terms of a noticeable glow on your skin. However, it contains 20% vitamin C including ethyl ascorbic acid, and may not be suitable for beginners. My skin loves this serum though and it gave me some of the fastest results in terms of reducing pigmentation and adding radiance to my face. I highly recommend pairing this with the Dr. Sheth’s Ashwagandha and Alpha Arbutin Serum for even quicker results on blemished skin.
Price – INR 999 for 20ml
3. Glamaroma Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Serum
The Glamaroma Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Serum is yet another contender for the crown of the best Vitamin C serum in India. It contains Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, a stable form of Vitamin C widely used in serums. This one has a watery consistency and sinks quickly into the skin. Not only does it brighten the skin within a few weeks, but it also plumps it up, perhaps due to the presence of Hyaluronic Acid. I think this serum is great for oily skin as it is non-sticky and hydrating. It works particularly well for me in summers.
4. Pure By Priyanka Vitamin C Serum
The Pure By Priyanka Vitamin C Serum is yet another potent Vitamin C Serum in India with 15% concentration of the ingredient. Notably, this serum is one of the rare Vitamin C serums in India to contain L ascorbic acid. This form of vitamin C is the most effective on the skin but is rarely used in serums as it is hard to stabilize. This is why, a majority of brands use ethyl ascorbic acid instead, which is slightly less effective but more stable. Some brands also using salts of ascorbic acid which are gentler but even lower in terms of efficacy.
However, Pure by Priyanka has done a fabulous job at creating a photostable formulation with L ascorbic acid, and I have personally used this serum for months without even a slight change in color, smell, or efficacy. This one contains a bunch of soothing and hydrating ingredients too. I feel that it can work well for most skin types except extremely oily skin, but dry to combination skin will enjoy it the most. Therefore, it is my go-to winter Vitamin C serum because my skin turns combination in the cold. It adds a noticeable glow to the skin within weeks and reduces pigmentation with daily use.
Price – INR 795 for 30ml
5. Suganda Antioxidant Serum
Ending my list of the best Vitamin C serums in India with the first vitamin C serum I ever used! Suganda Antioxidant Serum will always hold a special place in my heart because it was the first skincare product to truly transform my skin. Over the years, the brand has further improved this formulation, and has gone fragrance and essential oil free! This means that now the serum can suit even those with sensitive skin, who earlier noticed some irritation with this serum. Anyway, it is a light-weight and quick-absorbing 10% Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate serum that adds a beautiful glow to the face and reduces blemishes and hyperpigmentation with consistence use. Hence, I will highly recommend it to oily and acne-prone skin.
Price – INR 1000 for 20ml
List Of Top Vitamin C Serums In India
Some Tips On Using The Best Vitamin C Serums in India
- Always check the full ingredient list on the respective brand’s website before purchasing, to avoid allergens.
- Perform a patch test before the first use.
- Store Vitamin C serums away from sunlight, in a cold and dark area to prevent oxidation.
- If your Vitamin C serum becomes darker in colour or starts smelling rancid, stop using it. It has oxidized and can damage your skin.
- Avoid layering exfoliating acids or Retinol with Vitamin C.
- You can layer Niacinamide or Alpha Arbutin with your Vitamin C serum to tackle acne or hyperpigmentation respectively. Always patch test the combination first!
- Always wear SPF 50 or higher during the day when you are using Vitamin C or any other active in your skincare routine.
- Basic order of use – Cleanser -> Toner -> Vitamin C Serum -> Hydrating Serums -> Moisturizer -> SPF (during day)
- Lastly, if you are a beginner, start with a lower concentration of Vitamin C serum first, more isn’t always better!
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