Vitamin C is a must-have ingredient for beautiful, glowing summer skin! Especially during summer, when we’re all out there frying our faces, this can be a great active ingredient to incorporate into our (anti-aging) skincare routine. According to Health Magazine:

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that stimulates collagen production and helps to reduce signs of aging by repairing the damage done by free radicals and the sun. It can even help to protect against future damage (though it's no substitute for sunscreen).”

I’ve been trying tons of great products featuring this star ingredient! Below are a few of my favorites. The best part? All of these products cost less than $20 (on sale, in some cases). So there’s something here for every budget! Read on to see which one might be right for your skincare regimen!

One of nature’s most powerful ingredients harnessed in these skincare products! 

One of nature’s most powerful ingredients harnessed in these skincare products! 

m/f people Hyaluronic Vit-C Serum

This serum is a total lifesaver! Combining the skin-plumping properties of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occuring compound within your body, with the skin-brightening burst of Vitamin C, this is the perfect serum to layer under your day time moisturizer for a bright, glowy complexion. A little goes a long way too—I use about four drops per application. I bought my serum on sale for about $17 over two months ago, and it’s still kicking! Despite the fact that I use it almost every day. Follow their Instagram and keep an eye out for the next promotional event!

Bliss Ex-glow-sion Radiance-Boosting Eye Cream

This VEGAN product is a great way to pep up your under-eye when you’re short on sleep, suffering from summer allergies that make your eyes puffy, or just need a little extra soothing for your under-eye area! I don’t use this product every day, but each time I do I notice how dramatically better my under-eyes look! It really does boost radiance and reduce the appearance of dark circles, as advertised. It’s also very soothing, unlike some Vitamin C under-eye products which can sting. This product was gifted to me by Bliss, but it’s inexpensive on retail, about $19 from Target!

Lumene Valo Balm Facial Cleanser

Okay, if you’re not already using a cream cleanser, I highly recommend you jump on board with this skincare craze. Especially as we age, a cream-based cleanser can be much more gentle and rejuvenating for our skin. It’s also a real treat after you have overdone it in the sand, sun, and salt or chlorinated water! It will leave your skin feeling totally refreshed and erase the skincare sins of your beach weekend. If you’re an ingredient snob, which I sometimes am, this cleanser is free from Phthalates, Parabens, Sulfate, and Formaldehyde / Formaldehyde Donors. So you can feel really good about putting this on your face, especially given that it’s only $14.99 at Target.

What do you think? Have you tried any of these products? Have a favorite Vitamin C product you’d like to add to the list? Leave me a comment and let me know!