Do you use Vitamin C serum?

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Vitamin C serum is one of those products that I knew I should be using years ago but I never started. I think it fell into the category of “I’m not sure I’ll actually see a difference using it” so I never bothered.

After my facial in August, my esthetician recommended a serum that had vitamin c along with a few other ingredients in it and I really liked it. The smell was slightly off putting, but in general I felt like it hydrated my skin and made it feel a bit tighter and firmer.

Shortly thereafter, I received a mailing from Ole Henricksen and in it was the Truth Serum, which is a serum packed with Vitamin C and collagen for brightening and hydration. I decided to give it a try for about a week, in place of the other serum I was using, to compare the two.

Almost immediately I noticed a huge change in the moisture level of my skin. And within about 2 weeks my skin started looking more firm, younger, and the tone was more evened out. It’s rare that I see results from a skincare product this fast and I was amazed.

So now, about 3 weeks into daily (morning) use, I can’t imagine not using this serum. It’s been a game changer for my skin. By the end of summer I was dealing with some dryness and extreme irritation around my nose, and that is almost completely gone. The serum sinks in deep and I can almost feel it working! I know that may sound dramatic but it has truly made a huge difference for me!

The Truth Serum comes at a high price tag, but I’m wondering if you have one that you love that may cost a bit less? I seriously love this one, but would love to also find one at a lower price point.

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  1. Beth says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    I love SeneSerum C by SeneGence! The vitamin C is encapsulated so it’s in its truest form and most active state!

  2. Teresa says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    I have been using Eva Naturals Peptide Complex Serum and see results. It was only $10.00 on Amazon!!

  3. Tracy says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    Yes! I love the Avon Anew Vitamin C Brightening serum! It smells great, feels good when I apply it, and it makes my skin feel so nice!

    Also, right now there’s a sale! 2 for $42!

    https://www.avon.com/product/anew-vitamin-c-brightening-serum-55683?rep=makeupmaven

    I’m an Avon rep, and this is in every order!

    • Sara says
      Posted September 20, 2017

      Aww, you beat me to it! 😉 Definitely my recommendation as well. #sisteravonrep

  4. Posted September 20, 2017

    I was just reading about Vitamin C serums yesterday. I’m really curious about them, but they have such a steep cost!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

    • Mindy Meyer says
      Posted September 20, 2017

      Try Timeless! It’s the best and at a great price point! I’m not connected with them in any way I just really love their serum. 🙂 https://www.timelessha.com/products/20-vitamin-c-e-ferulic-acid-serum-1-oz

      • Lisa says
        Posted September 21, 2017

        I also was going to recommend Timeless…they make great serums at an equally great price. Make sure you keep your serum in a cool, dry, dark place to avoid oxidation. You can also store it in the fridge as well which will definitely make your serum last longer.

  5. Esther says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    I use the Timeless Vitamin C serum. It’s a great price point (I think about $20.00). I have seen a huge improvement in my skin since I started. The sun spots I had on my face are completely gone! I love it!

  6. Kristen says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    Do you still use a moisturizer along with using this serum ?

    • Maya says
      Posted September 20, 2017

      I was wondering this as well!

    • Johnnie says
      Posted September 21, 2017

      I add two drops of serum to my moisterizer every morning. I also dab a drop under/around my eyes andupper lip at night, but no moisterizer at night.

  7. Sally says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    I usePaula’s Choice C15 Super Booster, its $49. All of the products I use from her are great! I’m sure you would enjoy them, too!

    • IndiMom says
      Posted September 20, 2017

      I will highly recommend Paula’s choice. If you wait for a good sale the cost is much more acceptable to me and the products are really great. I also use Paula choice brightening mask which is not so expensive and alternate with the C15 booster.

      • Coleen says
        Posted September 20, 2017

        I just started using this and already see an improvement in my skin! Price point is good too.

        • Sally says
          Posted September 20, 2017

          I agree! More reasonable prices than a lot of other high end skincare lines with same or better results! My favorite product is their BHA 2% exfoliating lotion. Can’t live without it!

  8. Cassie says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    I just got this! When do you use it – before bed? I’m excited to try it

  9. Jennifer says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    Have you tried products from The Ordinary? I use several that I’m happy with but I haven’t tried any of their vitamin c line. Everything is reasonably priced, so it may be worth checking it out.

    • Lisa says
      Posted October 1, 2017

      The Ordinary line is incredible! Love love love their nonirritating retinol and vitamin C. I’ve tried very expensive lines like Skinceuticals and this is on par with them. It has made a huge difference in my very sensitive skin.

  10. Michelle says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    I’ve been using the daily moisturizing cream from the same line and really like it. It does have a citrus smell which I had to get used to, but I have noticed a difference in the brightness and feel of my skin and was thinking about adding in the truth serum. At 38, however, I really want something to help with fine lines and wrinkles, especially around my eyes. Does anyone have any recommendations on products that really work that are outside the Olay family? I was an user of Olay since I was 14, but had to stop using their products since they test on animals, specifically Beagles. I’d love to find a cruelty free product that works! Thanks!

  11. Holly Allen says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    You sold me! I just ordered it! Can’t wait to try it!

  12. Posted September 20, 2017

    You should try TimeWise Vitamin C squares! Advanced technology in a little square! https://www.marykay.com/melissa7/en-us/products/skincare/concern/age-fighting/timewise-vitamin-c-activating-squares-400638

  13. Susan says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    Timeless Vitamin C serum is a good one! Make sure you refrigerate!

  14. Diane says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    I have been using Trader Joes Serum for several months and I really like it. Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, vitamin C ester, coenzyme Q10), A-alpha lipoic acid, pomegranate extract, vitamin K1, retinyl palmitate, vitamin D3, retinol, resveratrol, copper amino acid chelate (tripeptide 1), vitamin C palmitate, coffee seed, chamomile extract, caprylic triglyceride (plant derived), green tea extract, vitamin C, jojoba esters, vitamin E acetate, pomelo grapefruit seed oil, pro-vitamin B5, bayberry fruit wax, bayberry fruit extract, ginko biloba extract.

    • Jessica says
      Posted September 20, 2017

      Thank you for posting the full ingredient list! There’s some good stuff in there. On my list it goes. ☺

  15. Jaime says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    So funny, I came in to go back to the favorites post so I could click on the serum to buy it and bam, a whole post about it today. 🙂

  16. Posted September 20, 2017

    I have used philosophy’s when hope is not enough (WHINE) serum for years. To save money, I get the giant bottles from QVC. I can totally tell when I don’t use it. I go through seasons of using it morning and night but mostly use it at night. In the winter when it’s so dry inside, I tend to put it on before my moisturizer in the morning too. I love it!

    Now, I don’t even know how it fits in to my desire to use less toxic ingredient products. Sigh.

  17. Kelly says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    Check out a new company that’s blowing up in popularity. Deciem produces the Ordinary line. They can’t keep their products in stock and have opened stores all over the world. They may not be in the US but you can order online. They were just bought out by Estée Lauder. They have a vitamin C cream with hyraulanic acid that’s just $5.80 CDN. It’s a small tube but lasts forever. All of their products are cheap becasue they refuse to do fancy packaging and as a bonus, no animal testing. I use their Cold Pressed Rose Hip Oil for moisture. Another product I love is by Mad Hippie. Their Vitamin C serum is organic and I purchase it at Whole Foods in Canada.

    • Bonnie says
      Posted September 20, 2017

      I have used The Ordinary products. Didn’t know they’d been bought out. Wonder whether the prices will go up?

    • Tara says
      Posted September 22, 2017

      I have multiple things from The Ordinary, and I love them all!!
      I also love the prices! 🙂
      Currently using their Vitamin C product. The primer is fantastic!
      The Buffet serum is great too. I’m on a waiting list for a few products. Can’t wait!

  18. JNJxn says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    I know you’ve not been impressed with Rodan+Fields in the past, but I’ve gotta throw in some love for the Reverse regimen here!! I just wrapped up breastfeeding my now one year old, so I haven’t been able to use the regimen since pregnancy/bf-ing (doctors orders). BUT, I just started it back up, and the step 3 is a vitamin C serum that combines with a retinol serum that go on like a dream!!! Step 1 is an exfoliating wash, step 2 is a brightening toner, aforementioned step 3, then followed by either the step 4 sunscreen for AM or nightcream, if desired, for PM. The regimen targets skin discoloration, dullness and even fine lines and wrinkles thanks to the retinol. I’m so happy to have this with the vitamin C back in my routine. I can tell a HUGE difference already.

    • Chill says
      Posted November 29, 2017

      If I may ask, why did your doctor say not to use R&F while pregnant and breastfeeding?

  19. Posted September 20, 2017

    The BeautyCounter No.1 Brightening Oil with Vitamin C just won best of beauty on Allure! It is still pricey but seriously worth it. So so good.

    https://www.allure.com/review/beautycounter-no-1-brightening-facial-oil

  20. Beth Vise says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    Amara Organics has a wonderful Vitamin C serum that I’ve been using. It is under $20 on Amazon. I use several of their products.

  21. Susan says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    I love the Mario Badescu vitamin C serum along with the honey moisturizer. I’d never heard of the brand until an Ulta employee introduced me it. Now it is all I use for serums and moisturizers.

    • Sher says
      Posted September 20, 2017

      The Mario Badescu VitC serum is an Ulta beauty steal this Saturday (half price!). I’ve used both Timeless and Mad Hippie Vit C serums and have liked them but am going to try MB’s at this good price.

      • Jo says
        Posted September 30, 2017

        I’ve used Mario Badescu for a yr now and love it. Use it twice a week occasionally 3 and it’s great. It really seems to help when my face is about to go nuts. Martha Stewart used to swear about this line used it for years. I use several of their products the chamomile eye cream is great better than the Bobbi Brown that used for a few years at a much better price

  22. Pam says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    it’s already been said but the ordinary for sure!!!!

    love their products and they are high quality for waaaay less!

  23. Sara K says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    I have found things here and there at Marshall’s for a more reasonable price however you can’t be certain to ever find it again. I have been using this cocokind face oil for almost a year and really like it https://www.target.com/p/cocokind-organic-facial-repair-serum-1-oz/-/A-51148446#lnk=sametab I just wear it at bedtime year round. I’ve also seen improvements with rose hip oil which you can almost always find at Marshall’s.

  24. Kim says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    I need to start upping my skin care game.. thanks for the review!

    Kim

    http://trendkeeper.me .. the long necessity for Fall!

  25. Shana says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    Yes! Use it and LOVE it!! Ole H are great products and I noticed a difference in my skin within days 🙂

  26. Diane says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    Try the Mario Badescu one. It’s actually on a huge sale this Sunday as part of Ulta’s 21 days of Beauty. It’s one of those things I didn’t know I should use either until I got a facial. I love Vit C Serum.

  27. Allie says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    Hi Kate! I noticed some of your Sephora links were just redirecting back to the main page site.

    Also, I recommend you check out the Beautypedia resource. They review the scientific efficacy of different skincare and makeup products. I like that they provide specific reasons why they like/dislike a product based on the ingredients, packaging, etc. It helps me make good choices, especially about pricey products.

    Here is a link to their top rated skin care serums if you’re interested in checking it out: https://www.beautypedia.com/skin-care-reviews/best-skin-care-products/Skin-Care/Serums

  28. Sarah says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    I have been using Mary Kay’s vitamin c squares that just dissolve into my moisturizer!!!

  29. Bernadette says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    Love Love this stuff I hate when I run out!!

  30. Caitlin SNyder says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    I’d like to know an answer to a question I see below a few times.

    Do you use this and them moisturizer? Or does this replace the moisturizer?

    I am going to try the Derma E brand at ulta (this tired pregnant momma to be needs more SKYN Iceland Eye Gels)

    Thank you!!!!

    • Kate says
      Posted September 20, 2017

      You can certainly put a moisturizer on top of a serum. It’s still so humid where I live that I find the serum to be enough for me.

  31. Mindy Bradley says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    Do you use it morning or night?

    • Kate says
      Posted September 20, 2017

      usually morning!

  32. Betty says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    Vitamin c makes my facial dermatitis unbearable.

  33. Casey says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    I’ve been using SeneSerum-C by Senegence and I love it! It’s my first foray into a vitamin c serum, but it’s been great!

  34. Posted September 20, 2017

    Vitamin C serum has been a total game changer for me! I’ve been using one for months now and I notice such a difference in my complexion and the was my skin feels.

  35. Kristen says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    Do you put makeup on over this in the morning? Or do you have to wait a few minutes before you apply your foundation?

  36. Margaret Daniel says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    I have been using the Timeless vitamin c serum with niacinaminde and vitamin e. It faded my dark spots. Now I am using it on hubby nightly seeing if it can make a difference to his skin.

  37. Vickie H says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    Yes!
    Timeless 20% C +E+Ferulic Acid Serum.
    Changed my life!

  38. Michele says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    I use the OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum (as well as a couple of their other serums) and it’s MAGICAL.

  39. Posted September 20, 2017

    Serumtologie’s C serum-22. You can get it from Amazon or directly from Serumtologie. It’s about $35 a bottle and I mix it with my retin A. A friend that is obsessed with facial care recommended it and I think it is really great!

  40. Lisa says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    I use booster c25 from deciem. It’s $30 and I love it.

  41. Kate says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    Yes CE Feurolic by Skin Ceuticals – used for years. Gives off a nice glow – expensive but I don’t do pricey facials or nails often so it balances out😜

  42. Karen VanLoo says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    I had to order this today! I don’t regularly use a Vitamin C serum, but after reading your blog and then the reviews online I decided yep – I need this!

  43. Katherine says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    Skinceuticals C E Ferulic! Have used this for 10+ years, I alternate this with Skinceuticals Retinol, both used at night. Not cheap, but so worth it, and both products last a long time. Keeps my skin youthful and glowy! I’m so thankful when I get compliments on my skin, and these products get the credit!

  44. Kristina Newton says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    Angie at Hot and Flashy has a wonderful skin care routine and uses a Vitamin C serum from Timeless. She has wonderful videos on YouTube also. Very informative.

    • Lea says
      Posted September 21, 2017

      I was going to say the same thing! Angie and Kate are my two favourites.
      Check out Angie at Hot and Flashy and her skin care recommendations (including the vitamin c from Timeless) for sure.

  45. Valerie says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    That’s actually a pretty good price point for an actual vitamin c serum. I use the Obagi C serum and it’s fantastic. It has faded acne scaring and my skin looks great. It’s expensive though.

  46. Ally says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    I’m really liking the new one by the Deciem’s The Ordinary line.
    http://theordinary.com/product/rdn-vitamin-c-suspension-30pct-in-silicone-30ml

  47. Kerry says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    My sister recommended this one when I told her how INSANELY dry my face was. I’ve always had trouble finding something to handle it. I use this now with Clinique’s moisture surge moisturizer. I started using the combo every day and night, then every morning after a couple weeks – now I maybe put it on every 2-3 days. I’m sure I’ll have to use it more in the winter. But…I’ve never been happier! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KYUXIOG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  48. Zak Jones says
    Posted September 20, 2017

    I use a vitamin C serum along with a vitamin c moisturizer by Foxbrim and my skin glows every time I use them.

  49. cindyetta says
    Posted September 21, 2017

    I was going to recommend the Ordinary too: https://beautyeditor.ca/2017/08/04/the-ordinary

  50. Erin says
    Posted September 21, 2017

    Yes! This product is amazing. I’m completely hooked as well. The smell is so nice too to top it off. Just wish it didn’t cost so much.

  51. Jane says
    Posted September 21, 2017

    I usually use one from Amazon. This time I went for the one the internet is talking about. The buffet. My face does not feel better. It felt way more hydrated with the vitamin c one!

  52. Perrin says
    Posted September 21, 2017

    You can actually get a 3 piece set that also includes a moisturizer and a night time serum too, all for $72 at Sephora!

  53. Corin says
    Posted September 21, 2017

    Where do you use a serum in your skincare regimen? I have never been able to figure out how to really use one.

  54. Leslie says
    Posted September 21, 2017

    I would highly suggest looking at The Ordinary skincare brand. http://deciem.com/category/skincare/skinserums Their products are incredibly reasonable (less than $100) and are legit serums and all sorts of products that I don’t know what they do. BUT I’ve been using the retinol consistently and amazing changes. I recently bought about 10 more products, including foundation and primer. I have not been let down, nor broke the bank!

  55. Ashley says
    Posted September 21, 2017

    You have got to try out Rodan and Fields New Active Hydration Serum! It’s not packed with vitamin C, but it does what moisturizers can’t do. It pulls the moisture from the air and keeps your pores open unlike moisturizers that cover your pores to keep the moisture you have on your skin already there. It’s oil free so it will not cause breakouts. I’m a huge fan of the Reverse Brightening Regimen which is packed with Vitamin C. Brightening your skin to a natural glow and making it even tones. Buy them together until September 28th and you will get a free mini regimen. Godsend for traveling.

    Here’s a link to the AHS:
    https://ablommer.myrandf.com/Shop/Product/ENHEFG1

  56. Amanda Wells says
    Posted September 21, 2017

    I use the one by TruSkin Naturals and love it. It was about 20 bucks on Amazon and it took me about a month to notice results but I am amazed! I use it every night before bed and put it on under my makeup most mornings.

  57. Mudrick says
    Posted September 21, 2017

    Another vote for Timeless Vitamin C! I also use their Coenzyme Q-10 serum and love it.

  58. Hana says
    Posted September 22, 2017

    I love the Vitamin C serum by Paula’s Choice for $50. I would consider it a large bottle (for a serum, anyway) and has lasted me a long time with twice-daily use. http://www.paulaschoice.com/resist-c15-super-booster/777.html?cgid=category-vitamin-c#start=2

  59. Diana says
    Posted September 22, 2017

    You should try out the Ordinary’s Vitamin C. It’s not a serum perse, but I use it in the mornings and find it to be a great addition at a tiny price – less than $10!

    https://thedianaedition.com

  60. Jillian says
    Posted September 23, 2017

    I love love love this serum!! I have been using it for years and notice a huge difference in my skin. It is pricey but it is probably the only thing I buy at that price point. It works so well I don’t know if I even want to try anything else. It is so worth the money.

  61. Posted September 25, 2017

    Wow I am totally going to give it a try! I always see vitamin C serum in the beauty section at Marshall’s, and I always consider buying it but I ever have! Thanks for sharing!

    XX -KK
    http://www.kayleekarcher.com/
    #ObsessedWithEverything

  62. Posted September 25, 2017

    It’s really a nice and helpful piece of information. I’m glad that you shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us informed like this.

    vitamin c serum

  63. Andrea says
    Posted September 25, 2017

    The Ordinary!

  64. Amanda says
    Posted September 26, 2017

    I love Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum! Natural ingredients AND cruelty-free!!!

  65. Angela from Texas says
    Posted September 27, 2017

    Hi Kate! Love your blog.

    I have been using SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic Serum for several years now. My dermatologist recommended it and it is a game changer. The only problem is the very steep price at $165/each. My husband started school full time again so we are down to one income. I had to find a substitute so I switched to Timeless C + E + Ferulic Serum ($25/each). I still prefer the CE Ferulic, but I don’t plan on going back to it. Once I adjusted to the formula I have nothing but positive things to say about it. Seriously, my skin is glowing and I’m 36 with two toddlers that don’t let this Mamma rest. Nice to see another recommendation so thank you!

  66. Posted September 29, 2017

    Rodan + Fields reverse dual active brightening complex! Serious results!! I’d been using these products as a customer and recently became a consultant. I also saw one of my favorites, Emily Ley, loves this stuff too!! cwesley.myrandf.com

  67. Kristen says
    Posted October 17, 2017

    Beautycounter makes an excellent one! Very affordable too!

  68. Drea Miller says
    Posted November 26, 2017

    Kate, have you ever tried Paula’s Choice? I would highly recommend the C serum AND BHA liquid 2%. This brand is targeted for specific skin issues (I’m not a rep just a fan). You can sample both products. Your tutorials are wonderful and thanks for all of the great tips!

  69. Renee says
    Posted November 28, 2017

    My absolute favorite skincare in general comes from Deciem’s The Ordinary. They have several vitamin C formulations and they are all under $15 ! Incredibly efficacious and easy to bring into an already established skincare routine!

  70. Meg says
    Posted November 29, 2017

    Have you done a post about skincare safe to use during pregnancy?

  71. Abi says
    Posted November 29, 2017

    Glossier makes a vitamin C serum – Super Glow.

    I bought it a while back and had used it for just a week or so, and then my son played with it (it had a dropper for application) and basically dumped it down the drain…. I haven’t gotten around to reordering, but it’s on the ‘to do’ list.
    I LOVE Glossier skin tint – it’s as minimal coverage as you can get for a foundation, but I love it!

  72. Elise says
    Posted November 29, 2017

    I use he Sunday Riley ceo serum and at $89 I’m not sure that it’s cheaper, but it’s worth every penny and like you I noticed a difference in a matter of days and REAL results in only a few short weeks!!

  73. Rebecca Deaton Walters says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    Avon ANEW Vitamin C
    Brightening Serum
    has been a skin changer for me!

    $21.99

    Youravon.com/rebeccawalters

  74. Betsy says
    Posted December 2, 2017

    I headed out to sephora to buy the mini version of this to test out, but stopped at Marshall’s before. They had some of the Ole Hendriks line there! I even found the truth serum! $6.99 for 0.5fl oz. I was tearing apart the shelves to find more. Thought I would share incase others have the same luck at other Marshall’s/TJ maxx stores! 🙂 can’t wait to use it all!

  75. Posted December 12, 2017

    Arbonne!! The RE9 line is made from Orange Stem Cells. RESULTS are amazing!! PLUS it’s safe to use pregnant and breastfeeding since they avoid dangerous toxins 👍🏻👍🏻

    kathryndodd.arbonne.com

    Ps I’m happy to send you a sample if you’ve never tried it!

  76. staci elliott says
    Posted December 13, 2017

    Most of the beauty You Tubers say that there is no way to stabilize vitamin C. They all suggest you make it yourself. So that is what I do and it is super cheap. The powder, distilled water and a little vegetable glycerin is all you need. I make it fresh every week. What are your thoughts?

  77. Posted February 4, 2018

    I like this website because so much useful material on here :D.

  78. sone says
    Posted May 28, 2018

    Hi,

    Vitamin C serums have seriously changed the way my skin behaves!
    You asked for some cheaper alternatives, I have reviewed two of them here :

    Mario badescu one : https://www.glossypolish.com/mario-badescu-vitamin-c-serum-review/

    OZ Naturals one : https://www.glossypolish.com/oz-naturals-vitamin-c-face-serum-review/

  79. Amber Robertson says
    Posted May 30, 2018

    I found the truth serum at TJ Maxx today for $7.99!!!

  80. Anne says
    Posted June 4, 2018

    I use MyGirls Moisturizing Serum with calendula and super C. I love it. My face is so much softer than with any other products I’ve tried (Neutrogena or Olay).