The Best Products to Pair with Your Vitamin C Serum

We all know about the seemingly endless benefits of vitamin C, or liquid gold as I like to call it. But what products can you pair with your vitamin C serum to maximize your skincare routine and keep your complexion bright, healthy, and youthful-looking? We have the best choices from the best dermatologists and aestheticians.

“With the right combination of essential active ingredients, skincare products can provide rejuvenating benefits that can be dramatic with visibly significant results,” says Bloomfield Hills, MI dermatologist Linda C. Honet, MD.

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ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica SPF 50+ ($60)

“Sunscreen is always the most important product to combine with vitamin C, and it is one of my favorites. Sunscreen not only protects against skin cancer, but is also the anti- age and most important photoprotector you can get in your daily skincare routine.Sunscreen in combination with vitamin C can help brighten the skin and prevent fine lines, wrinkles, spots, etc. —Fort Lauderdale, FL dermatologist Dr. Matthew Elias

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Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster ($46)

“Both niacinamide and vitamin C are great ingredients for fighting hyperpigmentation, so they’re perfect to use together. I like this formula because it can be mixed directly into your vitamin C serum.” —Geeta Yadav, dermatologist from Toronto, MD

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skinbetter science Even Tone Correcting Serum ($150)

“While it really depends on the vitamin C formula you use, brightening products work great with vitamin C because they already help even out our skin tone. You can boost this effect by using a brightening serum Vitamin C can also cause photosensitivity, so sunscreen is non-negotiable when using it.—Morgan Rackley, Celebrity Beautician

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Alastin Skincare Skin Repair Complex ($199)

“I recommend using a peptide serum twice a day, in conjunction with your vitamin C serum. This is a jeInnovative peptide serum in a moisturizing base with TriHex technology that stimulates the synthesis and repair of collagen and elastin in the skin.” —Dr. Honest

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EltaMD UV Clear Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 46 – Untinted

“Vitamin C is a great product to pair with your daily sunscreen. In fact, they work in tandem to help protect the skin optimally. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, so it helps scavenge free radicals that your sunscreen could be missing. While vitamin C is by no means a substitute for sunscreen, it can help boost its effectiveness when used together. This one from EltaMD is my favorite as it provides superb sun protection and does not Won’t clog pores or irritate sensitive or acne-prone skin.In fact, it actually improves acne with a unique combination of high-purity lactic acid and niacinamide.—Dr. Schlessinger

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Restorsea Restorative Night Cream ($185)

“I recommend using a vitamin C serum in the morning, then a moisturizer with antioxidant ingredients and/or other actives in the evening. This timeHydrating moisturizer with Vibransea Complex, an exclusive salmon egg enzyme, gently and enzymatically exfoliates the skin. It also contains wild oat extract for anti-inflammatory benefits and honeysuckle extract for an antioxidant effect.—Dr. Honest

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Kiehl’s Ferulic Brew Antioxidant Treatment with Lactic Acid ($54)

“Ferulic acid is a powerful antioxidant that helps stabilize vitamin C while boosting its effectiveness. This leave-in treatment can be used before your vitamin C serum to help support its results, and beyond ferulic acid, it contains lactic acid, a mild AHA to help boost skin’s radiance. the skin, as well as nourishing squalane. —Dr. Yadav

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skinbetter science AlphaRet Night Cream ($130)

“Combining vitamin C during the day with a retinoid at night can be very effective. This cream is an innovative combination of a retinoid and an alpha hydroxy acid in an antioxidant emollient base. It improves lines, wrinkles, uneven texture and pigment, while reversing the signs of intrinsic and extrinsic aging and photodamage. —Dr. Honest

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La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer ($20)

“This is another nighttime moisturizer I recommend for patients using vitamin C serums. It provides gentle hydration and is well tolerated by even the most sensitive skin types. It contains ceramide-3, niacinamide , glycerin and exclusive prebiotic thermal water, helping to repair the skin barrier and maintain effective hydration for up to 48 hours after application.It’s simple, effective and inexpensive.—Dr. Honnet