The Best Vitamin C Products: From High Street To Luxury

If you’re looking for brighter, smoother and healthier skin than this blog post is for you!

I started introducing Vitamin C beauty products in to my skincare regime in 2021. It’s been doing wonders for my skin! So, I thought I would share my thoughts on the benefits and what I’d recommend.

If you’re a OG reader, I used to use Vitamin A in my skincare as I worked at a beauty specialised company distributing a particular set of products to salons and spas. I haven’t really used Vitamin A since I left that job back in 2017, apart from Sarah Chapman’s stuff, as I thought it was more luxurious and I do still adore her products. However, having said that, I think Vitamin C is even better for pro-aging. But that’s just my opinion.

Before I dive in, I thought I’d mention that I eat a lot of Vitamin C enriched foods, take supplements and have lemon water near enough every morning. So this also cleanses everything within.

A little disclaimer, I’m not a skin-care or health expert, but I do research a lot of beauty products and did work in the beauty industry for a few years. I feel honesty is the best policy when it comes to my reviews and working with brands.

The Benefits Of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is claimed to be one of the best ingredients on the market for pro-aging support – and the key to maintaining a smooth, even, and glowy complexion.

  • it’s safe for most skin types
  • promotes collagen production
  • provides hydration
  • can brighten your skin
  • can reduce redness
  • can reduce hyperpigmentation
  • can reduce the appearance of under-eye circles
  • may help prevent sagging
  • may protect against sun damage
  • may soothe sunburns
  • may help wound healing

and much much more!

The Best Luxury Vitamin C Products

The best Vitamin C products I’ve found so far… are Sunday Riley’s C.E.O 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum and C.E.O hydration cream moisturiser. These products are hands down two of my holy grails. I’ve re-purchased the serum countless times.

The serum is quite spendy, as it is a luxury beauty product. Priced at £70. And the moisturiser is around £60. But a little really does go a long way.

Together they work their magic! Oh, and they smell incredible too.

The Serum

It comes out as a white coloured moisturiser-like-serum. Typically you won’t find vitamin C and AHAs together in the same formula, Sunday Riley incorporates exfoliating glycolic acid in a totally safe and effective manner to refine skin texture and enhance your glow.

It has dramatically reduced my dark spots, lines, wrinkles, but most importantly for me it’s brightened my skin and has hydrated my super dry skin that I now have a ‘healthy glow’.

I use this in the mornings only.

The Moisturiser

Similarly to the serum, it’s a white-orange coloured thick moisturiser. Amazing for those with dehydrated and dull skin. I tend to only use this in the mornings. I use a different moisturiser at night but not always as my skin is drenched in serums and oils and I like them to do their magic. It has been formulated with 5% Vitamin C and similar ingredients to the serum: THD Abscorbate, Bisbolol and Lime Pearl. All very fancy in my opinion.

People always compliment me when I’m wearing just the Sunday Riley serum and a moisturiser. So although it’s pretty pricey, I think it’s worth it and I’m yet to find a better Vitamin C serum in my opinion!

The Best In-between High Street and Luxury Vitamin C Serum Is…

Drumroll please…. it would have to be Antipodes Glow Ritual Vitamin C Serum. I love how I think this is some kind of awards post. Gotta add in a bit of humour to keep things interesting!

Anyway, Antipodes serum is another great and affordable option, priced at around £20-25 on Amazon. I’ve used this on and off for the past 2 years.

This serum was kindly gifted to me in 2021 and I’ve re-purchased a couple of times.

Formulated with kakadu plum, which is believed to contain up to 100x the vitamin C of oranges! Also works to illuminate, protect and boost your complexion. Bakuchiol, another fancy ingredient, helps encourage a smooth and firm base, while plant-based hyaluronic acid plumps the skin with moisture.

It’s also infused with vinanza grape and kiwi to address uneven tone. This gel serum helps to brighten and hydrate. And is suitable for all skin types.

The serum has little bits of glistering gold in the formula which gives you that ‘my face looks so much brighter and healthier’ look.
It sinks into the skin beautifully but I do tend to find it gets a little sticky when it’s dried – but just put a moisturiser on top and the sticky feeling goes.

The Best High Street Vitamin C Serum

I’ve only tried a handful of high street Vitamin C products. My chosen pick out of the bunch I’ve tried would be Gariner’s Vitamin C brightening and anti dark spot serum, which is around £8-9 on Amazon. Infused with 3.5% Vitamin C, Niacinamide and Salicylic Acid.

This serum absorbs really well and brightens the skin for a super affordable price! Nuff said.

Final Notes

It would seem to look like this blog post is sponsored by Sunday Riley, I can assure you it isn’t. I wish! BUT the best Vitamin C products I’ve found are from the C.E.O collection. For cheaper alternatives do try Antipodes Vitamin C serum or Gariner’s version. You will not be dissapointed!

Do you use Vitamin C in your skincare regime? What’s your fave Vitamin C product?


    • zoey
      March 25, 2023 / 10:53 am

      Thanks lovely, I’m really happy you found this helpful. xx

    • zoey
      March 25, 2023 / 3:01 pm

      Aw amazing, I’m really glad to hear this lovely xx

  1. Danielle Beautyblog
    March 25, 2023 / 7:56 pm

    Realy enjoyed the mini of the Sunday Riley serum I had! Will have to splurge on a full size soon! xx

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

    • zoey
      March 26, 2023 / 6:58 am

      It’s so good isn’t it!! xx

  2. March 25, 2023 / 10:43 pm

    Hey thanks for this round up. I have been thinking of trying vitamin C cream. And they carry Sunday Riley at Sephora and there is one opening in my neighborhood soooo excited for it!

    Allie of

    • zoey
      March 26, 2023 / 7:00 am

      It’s one of the best ingredients in skincare I’ve found lately. Ooooh nice. We used to have Sephora in the UK, not sure if there is any stores anymore. Loved browsing Sephora in the states though. xx

  3. March 27, 2023 / 10:25 pm

    I adore Sunday Riley CEO! I also love Omorovicza’s Daily Vitamin C serum, Image Vit C Waterburst Moisturiser and Summer Fridays’ serum too x


    • zoey
      March 30, 2023 / 8:14 am

      It’s SOOOO good isn’t it! I haven’t tried the Omorovicza’s Vit C serum, or the others yet. Thanks for the recommendations. xx

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