Best Vitamin C Serums: Guide to Vitamin C For The Face

Best Vitamin C Serums: Guide to Vitamin C For The Face

Vitamin C is one of the best anti-ageing ingredients in the market, but what is vitamin C? Vitamin C is an antioxidant that guarantees glowing skin, reduces pigmentation and redness, helps fight free radicals and boosts collagen production. 

As we age, our vitamin C levels in the skin’s primary layers start to deplete. In conjunction with UV damage and pollution, this can accelerate the depletion, resulting in dull and uneven skin tone. 

Topical skin care, like serums, can counteract this damage so skin looks and feels healthier and rejuvenated. 

With so many different vitamin C serums on the market, it can be hard to find what the best vitamin C serum in Australia is. Our vitamin C serum guide will take you through the different types of vitamin C, the different formulas and how to find the most suitable one for you!

The Best Vitamin C Serum Australia

Aspect Dr Active C Serum

The Aspect Dr Active C Serum has Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate which is an oil-soluble form of vitamin C that penetrates the skin faster than other forms of vitamin C. This nifty serum is paired with some hydrating and soothing ingredients like Panthenol, Peptide Complex and Canadian Willowherb Extract.

Suitable for all skin types, the Aspect Dr Active C Serum is most beneficial for those with concerns of redness, sensitivity, dehydration and oiliness. It is also safe for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. 

Like most vitamin C serums, the Aspect Dr Active C Serum can only be used in the morning. Apply a pea sized amount all over the face and follow with sunscreen, preferably an SPF50+ broad spectrum sunscreen like Aspect Sun Envirostat On The Go SPF50.

SkinCeuticals Serum 10 AOX+ 

The SkinCeuticals Serum 10 AOX+ utilises 10% pure vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid, paired with 0.2% ferulic acid, this super serum helps neutralise any free radical damage caused by environmental stressors and UV exposure. 

A suitable introductory vitamin C serum for all skin types, even those with sensitive skin. This serum also combats visible signs of ageing such as wrinkles and fine lines. The SkinCeuticals Serum 10 AOX+ is formulated without parabens, fragrance, alcohol and dye.

Best applied once in the morning after cleansing, the serum must be applied onto dry skin and can be used on the face, neck and chest. For optimal results, follow through with a vitamin B (Niacinamide) serum, moisturiser and a SPF50+ broad spectrum sunscreen.

Dermaceutic Tri Vita C Serum 

The Dermaceutic Tri Vita C Serum combines three forms of vitamin C - L-Ascorbic Acid to provide antioxidant action, Ascorbyl Silanol to protect against free radicals and Ascorbyl Ester to even out complexion. This stellar combination penetrates several layers of the skin and is enhanced with Ferulic Acid and Vitamin E to support collagen production.

This is suitable for most skin types, but not very sensitive skin. The Dermaceutic Tri Vita C Serum helps decrease wrinkle depth and crows feet volume. You can expect your skin to be hydrated, skin texture improved and your overall complexion to be even and brighter.

It’s recommended to apply onto cleansed skin, twice a day. For best results, pair it with your favourite SPF50+ broad spectrum sunscreen. We recommend the Dermaceutic K Ceutic SPF 50.

Aspect Extreme C 20 

The Aspect Extreme C 20 features Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, a stable lipid soluble form of vitamin C. This vitamin C targets environmentally damaged skin to restore firmness and elasticity in the skin. With the addition of peptides like Syn-Coll (also known as Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5), and native Australian ingredients like Kakadu plum, you can expect a radiant complexion, with a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and skin texture. 

Suitable for all skin types, especially those with concerns for visible signs of ageing, dehydration, excess oil and skin sensitivity. The Aspect Extreme C 20 is formulated without synthetic fragrances, animal products, SLS and parabens.

Like the Aspect Dr Active C Serum, this is only recommended for AM use, unless directed otherwise by your skincare professional. Apply one pump onto cleansed skin, and follow through with a SPF50+ broad spectrum sunscreen. This serum can be mixed in with other Aspect serums. 

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum

The SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum uses an antioxidant combination of pure vitamin C, vitamin E and Ferulic Acid. This serum protects the skin against UVA and UVB damage, prevents premature signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines, and works to stimulate collagen growth.

This fast absorbing serum is recommended for normal to dry skin types and ideal for those looking to prevent visible signs of ageing and improve lacklustre skin. The SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum is formulated without phthalates, parabens, fragrances and synthetic dyes.

It’s ideal to apply 4 to 5 drops in the morning, after cleansing and toning. This serum is best applied onto dry skin, and is suitable for use on the face, neck and chest.


What do Vitamin C serums do?

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects skin cells from pollution, sun damage and other premature signs of ageing. The most common form of vitamin C is L-ascorbic acid. Vitamin C is an effective and safe acid that is recommended for concerns of dullness, textural irregularities, acne scarring and uneven skin tone. Consistent use will reveal a brighter and healthier complexion.

Should I use Vitamin C serum in the morning or at night?

It is generally recommended to use vitamin C serums in the morning. It’s ideal to apply vitamin C serums in the morning as the antioxidant will protect your skin throughout the day from pollution and UV rays that you might be exposed to. This also allows you to focus on heavier treatments at night, like retinol.

Is it safe to use Vitamin C skincare everyday?

It is generally recommended to use vitamin C once a day. However, this will vary due to different skin concerns and routines, or if advised otherwise by a skincare professional. 

What is the proper way to apply Vitamin C serums?

Vitamin C serums are best applied straight after cleansing, and onto dry skin. Any residue leftover from cleansing products may create a barrier and prevent your serum from effectively penetrating your skin. Always ensure you are applying vitamin C serum onto cleansed and dry skin for best results.

When should you throw away a Vitamin C serum?

Most skincare products have an expiration indicator that starts from the day the product is opened. This is usually noted by a 6m or 12m, signifying 6 months and 12 months. This will vary from product to product, but it is generally recommended to use your vitamin C serum within 3 months of opening.

Over time the serum may start to turn brown, due to oxidation as it has been exposed to the elements. Using an oxidised vitamin C serum is not recommended as it is no longer potent and may cause irritation, breakouts and staining.

Vitamin C is an outstanding ingredient that can help with blemishes, pigmentation, and provide your skin with a brighter complexion.

When it comes to any skincare product, consistency is key for stellar results. Always apply onto dry skin and use a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF50+. Discontinue use if irritation or discomfort occurs.

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