Achieving brighter, more wide-awake skin is a goal that’s always on our beauty radar. After all, who actually has time to lock down the coveted eight hours of sleep a night needed for a naturally radiant complexion? Add a little extra-festive merriment to the lack of pillow time and our back-to-work skin just isn’t looking as good as it could.
Worry not, though. If your skin is feeling as lackluster as ours, there’s one ingredient that can help your skin recover from a multitude of sins: vitamin C. Sadly, we’re not talking about a dash of orange juice in your morning mimosa. We’re talking about a targeted topical application of this superhero vitamin. An amazing antioxidant, vitamin C actually controls the production of pigment in your skin to even tone, combat dullness and stimulate collagen production for a firmer, plumper complexion.
Sounds pretty good, right? Right. Here is our pick of some of the most wallet-friendly vitamin C formulas out there to get your skin bright for the year ahead without breaking the bank.
BeautyPro Brightening Collagen Sheet Mask with Vitamin C
Coined as an anti-aging formula, this hardworking sheet mask is infused with vitamin C and marine collagen to really combat fine lines and loss of elasticity. Even the spring chickens amongst us will benefit from the way it banishes dullness in just 15 minutes.
Lumene Nordic C [Valo] Glow Refresh Hydrating Mist
Mists are great for their ability to deliver a concentrated burst of ingredients to your skin for immediate results. Be aware, though, as not all of them are created equal. Opt for alcohol-free formulas like this one for dewy skin. The Nordic-C complex (a blend of vitamin C and wild cloudberry) revitalizes whilst Arctic spring water quenches skin’s thirst.
Garnier Vitamin C Shot Fresh-Mix Tissue Mask
Boasting serious value for the money, this mix-it-yourself sheet mask contains the equivalent of an entire bottle of serum for the same price as your morning coffee. In one section, you’ll find an energizing liquid enriched with vitamin C, and in the other, you’ll find a dry algae tissue mask. Mix it yourself when you’re skin is in need of some serious plumping.
Goop Goop Glow Morning Skin Superpowder (30 Packets)
When you want to look bright on the outside, you have to focus on what’s going on inside. Enter these Superpowder sachets from Goop. Mix with water for a hit of six antioxidants—including vitamins C and E—that help to fight free radicals and build collagen. If it’s good enough for Gwynnie, then it’s good enough for us. (It tastes pretty good too!)
Yes To Grapefruit Vitamin C Boosting Mask SnapStick
With a concentrated blend of vitamin C and grapefruit extract (grapefruit also happens to be naturally loaded with vitamin C), this flash mask can be applied directly to your skin to provide a dose of brightness in just 5 minutes.
Soap & Glory Face Soap and Clarity 3-in-1 Daily Vitamin C Facial Wash
Opting for a cleanser with active ingredients is your best bet for giving the rest of your routine the best chance of working. The vitamin C–rich superfruit yuzu complex in this one helps to energize skin whilst the gentle gel formula makes light work removing makeup, purifying skin and exfoliating with jojoba beads.
The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone
This is vitamin C taken seriously, offering it up in its pure form as 30% L-ascorbic acid. The addition of light silicones means that this stuff feels smooth when applied and does a major job of reducing fine lines and creating a lit-from-within glow. There’s a slight tingle during your first few applications, but don’t worry—that just means it’s working.
Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Sleep & Reveal Night Cream
Anything that gets to work while we snooze is a winner in our book, and this citrus-scented moisturizer is a real dream to use. Alongside the antioxidant powers of vitamin C, it’s brimming with tomato and licorice extracts to help your skin recover from the stresses of the day. You’ll wake to smoother skin with a well-rested glow.
The Inkey List Vitamin C Serum
The beauty industry is buzzing over this intelligent, accessible beauty brand. All of its savvy skincare comes in at less than a tenner, including this potent vitamin C serum. Again, you’re getting a dose of it in its 30% stable L-ascorbic acid form here. This is great for city dwellers who want to protect their complexion from pollution and daily aggressors.
Balance Me Travel Size Vitamin C Serum
Designed to focus specifically on the needs of more mature skin, this 98% natural formula does a brilliant job of treating pigmentation and firming slackening skin. Stabilized vitamin C releases into your skin over a period of time to more effectively target the melanin that causes dark spots for a more even complexion.
Starskin After Party Coconut Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Brightening Face Mask
Whether it’s happy hour cocktails or a little one that’s kept you up all night, this is the sheet mask to reach for when you need to achieve well-rested skin quickly. Pop it on for 20 minutes (the cooling texture helps to calm and de-puff immediately) and let the vitamin C and herbal medley get to work in boosting luminosity.