Anti-Aging Ingredients That Work: The Best Vitamin C Beauty Products We’re Obsessed With

Fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, lackluster skin … the visible signs of aging are never-ending. And with so many anti-aging products out there, it’s hard to tell if a product will not just target, but also treat the woes of aging skin. That being said, one of the first ways to tell if an anti-aging beauty product will actually get the job done is to flip the bottle, jar, or tube over and browse through the list of ingredients for powerful anti-aging ingredients, such as vitamin C.

Thanks to its ability to brighten dull skin, increase collagen production, and protect the skin from aging environmental aggressors (think: free radicals, pollution, and the sun’s damaging UV rays) vitamin C has quickly become a staple ingredient in the world of skin care. So much so that there are entire product lines dedicated to the antioxidant-rich powerhouse. Not to mention, you can barely set foot in Sephora without being faced with bottle after bottle of vitamin C serum.

If you’re thinking about adding a vitamin C-infused beauty product to your daily regimen, consider one of the following treatments.

1. Dr. Dennis Gross C + Collagen Deep Cream

An anti-aging vitamin C-infused facial cream from Dr. Dennis Gross

C + Collagen Deep Cream | Dr. Dennis Gross

When it comes to aging skin, hydration is a must, and Dr. Dennis Gross  + Collagen Deep Cream ($72) helps you achieve your softest, smoothest skin yet. Not to mention, it’s packed with 3-O C vitamin C technology — a potent, state-of-the-art form of vitamin C — and collagen amino acids to brighten dull, lackluster skin and interrupt the formation of dark spots. All while smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles! 

2. Ursa Major Brighten Up Vitamin C Serum

An all-natural vitamin C facial serum from Ursa Major

Try this serum in your skin care routine. | Ursa Major via Instagram

Beauty editors agree: Adding a vitamin C serum to your daily skin care regimen can mean the difference between gorgeous, glowing skin and dull, lackluster skin. And we love Ursa Major Brighten Up Vitamin C Serum ($54) for its ability to brighten and even out the skin tone, protect against free radical damage, and hydrate the complexion — without leaving behind a greasy residue. Another reason to reach for this anti-aging facial serum? The antioxidant-rich facial serum is 100% derived from natural ingredients and toxin-free!

3. The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

A vitamin C suspension serum with hyaluronic acid

This serum is great for those on a budget. | Jessie Quinn via Instagram

With the power to reduce signs of aging, anti-aging products often err on the side of expensive — but, not always. At under $6 a pop, The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% ($5.80) is a cult-favorite vitamin C serum that is as effective as it is affordable. In addition to providing the skin with all the benefits of antioxidant-rich vitamin C, it also exfoliates the skin. Thanks to dehydrated spheres of hyaluronic acid — the body’s natural hydrator — the serum gently removes dead skin cells for softer, smoother, brighter-looking skin.

4. Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum

Award-winning vitamin C facial serum from Mad Hippie

Vitamin C Serum | Mad Hippie

Get your glow on with Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum ($33.99). Made to tighten, brighten, and smooth the skin’s surface, the award-winning facial serum is an anti-aging must-have. In addition to antioxidant-rich vitamin C, the powerful formula contains two more powerful anti-aging ingredients, vitamin E and ferulic acid. These strengthen the skin against free radical damage and other environmental skin aggressors.

5. NEOCUTIS Lumiere Riche Bio-Restorative Eye Cream

Anti-aging eye cream with vitamin C from NEOCUTIS

Lumiere Riche Bio-Restorative Eye Cream | NEOCUTIS

Your complexion isn’t the only area that can benefit from a vitamin C boost. The delicate skin around your eye contour can, too! Formulated with vitamin C and caffeine, NEOCUTIS Lumiere Riche Bio-Restorative Eye Cream ($97) smooths out fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, de-puffs under-eye bags, and brightens dark circles. 

6. Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain

Lip and cheek stain formulated with vitamin C from Jane Iredale

Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain | Jane Iredale

Think skin care products are the only beauty products formulated with anti-aging ingredients? Think again! You can find anti-aging ingredients — such as, vitamin C — in many makeup products, too. Case in point, Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain ($25). Enriched with antioxidant-rich botanicals, the lip and cheek stain softens the skin while enhancing your natural coloring.

7. Honest Beauty The Depuffed Eye

Vitamin C eye gel from Honest Beauty

The Depuffed Eye | Honest Beauty

Soften and soothe the delicate skin around your eye contour with The Depuffed Eye from Honest Beauty ($32). Enriched with fatty acids derived from coconut, antioxidant-rich vitamin C, and caffeine, the cooling eye gel promotes a more youthful-looking appeal and leaves the eyes looking — and feeling — refreshed upon application.

8. Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk

All-natural vitamin C facial cleanser from Juice Beauty

Cleansing Milk | Juice Beauty

Deep cleanse your skin with Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk ($25). Enriched with vitamin C, neroli, aloe, and other nourishing skin care ingredients, this all-natural facial cleanser dissolves pore-clogging dirt and debris, protects the skin from environmental skin aggressors, and gives the complexion a more natural-looking glow.

9. Dermalogica AGE Smart MultiVitamin Power Firm

Anti-aging eye cream with vitamin C from Dermalogica

AGE Smart MultiVitamin Power Firm | Dermalogica

Your search for a firming eye care product formulated with powerful anti-aging ingredients — such as, vitamins A, C and E — ends here. Dermalogica AGE Smart MultiVitamin Power Firm ($62) is an anti-aging powerhouse that visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles, while firming the skin around the eye contour. What’s more? The firming eye cream works to accelerate the skin’s natural repair process and improves the skin’s elasticity — all while scavenging free radicals!