The Best Affordable Vitamin C Serums
These don’t cost a packet and can protect and brighten skin - Sali Hughes
Before I oblige, it’s perhaps useful to explain why I unfailingly apply vitamin C each morning. A great vitamin C serum is good for everyone, of any age and skin type. It can help protect skin from environmental pollution and inflammation, and – in high concentrations – treat sun damage. It can increase the effectiveness of SPF and most visibly, from the get-go, brighten a dull complexion. The effect it has on my own skin is remarkable, especially as I tend to choose vitamin C serums that also contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid (for hydration) and niacinamide (for all manner of things, including the maintenance of a healthy skin barrier and even skin texture) to get more punch for my pump.
My bargain pick for dry skin is the excellent value Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum (£ 22 for 60ml). This squeaks over the £20 threshold, but it should be said that it is, in real terms, cheaper than everything else here. The texture, rich with vitamin E, aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, glycerin and fruit oils, borders on the oily, making for a comfortable ride under sunscreen, no extra moisturiser required. With all, I apply in the morning, after cleansing and using any exfoliating acids.