Which Vitamin C Serum Should I Use

Hi friend, if you haven’t already heard- you should be adding a Vitamin C serum into your skincare routine!

I’ve already shared my thoughts on why you need a skincare routine. But, I’ll remind you that having a routine (even just 3 steps in the AM and another 3 in PM) you stick to is what is going to make ALL the difference.

If you’re looking at Vitamin C serums, you should be looking for ascorbic acid unless you have sensitive/reactive skin then we’ll opt for a derivative called Tetrahexyldecyl “THD” Ascorbate. The vitamin c serum you use should have one of these most important active ingredients.

Now I know, your next question is probably going to be "When should I use a Vitamin C serum??” It’s best to use it after cleansing and toning your skin in the mornings.

and while we’re at it- vitamin C should be in serum form.

Pro Tip: You can use a vitamin C serum in your PM routine as well, especially on days you’ve been outdoors a good bit or in the direct sun.

How Strong of a Vitamin C Serum Should I Use?

Like anytime you use a new skincare product, you should START SLOW and LISTEN to your skin.

If you have dry or sensitive skin, I recommend starting with a 10% serum. For my friends with rosacea and/or sensitive skin I also highly encourage you to use an ascorbic acid derivative- THD Ascorbate

There are many ascorbic acid derivatives and you’ll hear why they’re better and more stable and last longer. I want you to know THD Ascorbate is the derivative to look for if you do have underlying redness and sensitivities. The products you’ll find this derivative are in: 

If you don’t have underlying sensitivities or if brown discoloration is one of your main concerns then stick to ascorbic acid- particularly a medical grade brand like Obagi. 

Important Vitamin C Note

It’s normal for vitamin c serum to tingle the first couple of times you apply it. You can increase to the next percentage when it’s time to repurchase. If the tingling doesn’t subside within 2-3 days of once per day application then that’s your sign you need to decrease the strength of the serum you are using!

Vitamin C Serums Recommended by a Derm PA:

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Obagi Professional-C Serum 20%
Obagi Professional-C Serum 20%
Obagi Professional-C Serum 20%
Obagi Professional-C Serum 20%

Obagi Professional-C Serum 20%

$142.00
Obagi Professional-C Serum 15%
Obagi Professional-C Serum 15%
Obagi Professional-C Serum 15%
Obagi Professional-C Serum 15%

Obagi Professional-C Serum 15%

$115.00

Navigating the skincare aisle can be a hassle but gone are the days of wandering the Target skin care aisle lost and confused. Consider me your personal skincare guide. I'm glad you're here and hope to make skincare easy for you!

Here’s a link to less expensive Vitamin C Serums options if you’re not ready to invest in medical-grade just yet…these also make really great travel options!

Need more? Try our Serums Guide. It also comes with a flow chart to pick the Viatmin C that is right for your skin!