For Brighter, Firmer Skin, Make Sure Your Body Lotion Has This Ingredient

You likely know vitamin C is an important part of your skincare regimen, but I'm here to let you in on a secret—you should be slathering vitamin C on your body too. "Vitamin C is an all-around excellent skincare ingredient," says Rebecca Marcus, MD, board-certified dermatologist. "It is probably the most well studied of all antioxidants in skincare, which is important because we know that it penetrates the skin well and works to promote collagen production, lighten hyperpigmentation, and neutralize free radicals, helping to protect against the DNA damage that reactive oxygen species cause."

When choosing a body lotion with vitamin C, opt for one that also contains nourishing ingredients like shea butter and ceramides. Below, we've rounded up the best body moisturizers with vitamin C. 

Marcus likes this vitamin C–rich body lotion. "[It] contains tranexamic acid to add even more brightening power to the formula as well as nourishing, hydrating ingredients such as cica, argan oil, and algae," she says. 

Consider this the perfect moisturizer to apply after being out in the sun, as it does major recon on any areas of skin that have been exposed to UV rays or harsh weather. "[It] features an antioxidant blend containing vitamin C as well as aloe vera for soothing skin," says Marcus. 

CoQ10 helps neutralize free radicals, and it's one of the reasons this body lotion is such a powerhouse. Vitamin C also helps brighten and even skin. 

No surprise here—every beauty editor's favorite body lotion also contains vitamin C. But the vitamin-rich properties don't end there. This lotion is also infused with niacinamide, vitamin A, vitamin B3, vitamin E, omega 6, omega 9, and antioxidants for a bodycare regimen that rivals your skincare. 

This whipped body cream melts instantly into skin thanks to its composition of butters. Cherry extract provides tons of vitamin C for brighter skin. 

Not only does this body butter help brighten and smooth the skin on your body, but it also smells incredible. Fruit-derived AHAs exfoliate and retexturize skin, and cupuaçu butter provides a dose of major hydration. 

Best vitamin c body lotions



We know $95 is steep for a body lotion, but this luxe cream is worth the money. Almond, shea butter, and purslane extract hydrate, tighten, and revive skin. 

Antioxidant heavy hitters green tea and vitamin C work in tandem in this intensely nourishing lotion. This lotion helps hydrate and improve skin clarity and texture. 

Infused with vitamin C straight from camu camu, a Peruvian fruit, this moisturizer adds a major glow to your skin. Aloe vera also works to soothe. 

Best vitamin c body lotions



You may know coconut water as a hydration staple when you're thirsty, but it also works wonders on skin. It's a great source of electrolytes, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. 

Aimed to replenish your skin's moisture barrier, this lightweight lotion sinks into skin instantly. Shea butter, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and squalane moisturize and protect. 

Jojoba oil and shea butter help give skin a boost of hydration, while vitamin C brightens. Plus, this lotion smells like apples—an unexpected, extremely welcome scent. 

Best vitamin c body lotions



Vitamins C, E, and B5 work together to brighten, smooth, and hydrate skin. This lotion feels incredibly luxe, and for under $20, it's a steal. 

Formulated with a trove of natural botanicals, this body lotion works overtime to soften and smooth skin. Mandarin-peel oil and wheat germ extract help fight discoloration. 

Fresh lotions never disappoint. Infused with brown sugar, this one has major therapeutic benefits for your skin.  

Sunflower-seed oil and shea butter hydrate and protect skin, and vitamins A, C, and E provide radiance.