Sometimes we come across a product so awesome we just have to write about it immediately. We love it, even more, when it’s a product that will benefit everyone! We’re talking about the A-List of skincare: vitamin C. If you’re into beauty at all, you’ll have had heard all your fave derms raving about this universally loved antioxidant that helps fade dark spots and acne scarring, improve hyperpigmentation, and brighten the skin.
The thing is, vitamin C is often one of those ingredients that comes with a high price tag – like the drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, $80, or the SkinCeuticals C.E.Ferulic, $166 – so when we found the Inkey List’s super potent Vitamin C Serum that only costs $10, we were hyped. You might have heard that vitamin C is powerful but can be unstable, well this formula boasts L-Ascorbic Acid at 30% (even 5% ascorbic acid has been proven to give effective results) in a stable, water-free formulation.
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Vitamin C is one of the strongest antioxidants, which means it helps to protect your skin from environmental stressors that can accelerate aging, so by combining vitamin C into your morning routine, you can enhance the protective powers of your SPF. Vitamin C has even been shown to promote and encourage elastin and collagen syntheses, so combined with its ability to banish dull skin, it’s doing the absolute most. And when we say that, we really mean it; you will see a definite surge in the tone and condition of your skin when using vitamin C daily.
The Inkey List Vitamin C Serum can be used in the morning or evening, but we especially like to use this in our morning routine – in the evening, we swap vitamin C for retinol. The texture is slightly creamy, and we recommend cleansing, toning, then applying this before your moisturizer and SPF. The formula is super smooth and melts into the skin, but we recommend giving this a few minutes to fully absorb before applying your next product. Check out our guide to understand how you should layer your skincare products properly here.
Have you guys tried any products from the Inkey List? We’re obsessed with their insanely affordable retinol formula – and pretty much everything else in the Inkey List collection!