Prepare Yourself—These Vitamin C Creams Are So Good You Can Skip the Serum


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I love a good vitamin C serum as much as any other skincare enthusiast would, but if there's a way to reap the benefits yet skip the step, well, yeah, I'm going to take the bait.

Vitamin C is recommended by so many derms for its ability to banish discoloration and leave your skin totally illuminated, all without a trip to your facialist. Naturally, that means I want it in my routine as much as possible. A little-known fact, however, is that you actually may not need a whole separate serum to really get that megawatt look every day.


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Behold the vitamin C moisturizer—an equally luminous sister that deserves just as much attention as the serum. Any time you'd like to receive a major complexion boost, tack one of these creams on at the end of your skincare routine and watch the magic happen. Instead of making you search far and wide for the right one, I've rounded up the absolute best vitamin C moisturizers below that will give you that warm, vibrant look all year round.

1. Sunday Riley C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream

2. Laneige Radian-C Cream with Vitamin C

3. Freck Beauty Rich Bitch Cactus + Vitamin C Moisturizer

4. Kate Somerville +Retinol Vitamin C Moisturizer

5. Renée Roulaeu Glow Enhancing Creme

6. Alpyn Beauty Triple Vitamin C Brightening Bounce Cream

7. Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Bright Plump Moisturizer

8. Olay Vitamin C + Peptide 24 Face Moisturizer

9. Olehenrikson C-Rush Vitamin C Gel Moisturizer

10. Avalon Organics Gel Cream Moisturizer With Vitamin C

11. Dr. Dennis Gross C + Collagen Deep Cream

12. RoC Multi Correxion Revive + Glow Vitamin C Face Moisturizer

13. Typology Antioxidant Face Moisturizer 5% Vitamin C + Lemon Water 

14. Ren Clean Skincare Glow Daily Vitamin C Gel

15. Belif Aqua Bomb Brightening Vitamin C Cream

16. TruSkin Vitamin C Face Moisturizer

17. The Inkey List Vitamin B, C, and E Moisturizer

18. Fresh Vitamin C Glow Moisturizer

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Shawna Hudson
Associate Beauty Editor

Shawna Hudson has worked in editorial for over six years, with experience covering entertainment, fashion, culture, celebrities, and her favorite topic of all, beauty. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in journalism and has written for other publications such as Bustle, The Zoe Report, Byrdie, Elite Daily, Mane Addicts, and more. She is currently an associate beauty editor at Who What Wear and hopes to continue feeding her (completely out-of-control) beauty obsession as long as she can. Stay up to date on her latest finds on Instagram @shawnasimonee.