Most skin care products are given 15 minutes of fame (or 3 half-hearted uses) before being banished to the back of the beauty drawer. Some products aren’t worth the space on your counter, much less your face (especially if they’re formulated using any of these bad ingredients). Others, including dermatologist-recommended Vitamin C, deserve a permanent spot in your regular product line-up. Vitamin C is not only an essential internal nutrient for your body, but also contains some of the antioxidants proven to delay—and potentially reverse—the signs of external aging. Here’s how:

  1. It builds collagen! Vitamin C boosts collagen levels, increasing elasticity and promoting supple and firm-looking skin—a vital first step to delay the onset of wrinkles.
  1. It protects the skin from free radical damage! Vitamin C is a superior antioxidant and an extraordinary detoxifier known to neutralize oxidative stress.
  1. It brightens and evens skin tone! Vitamin C acts as a booster to the body’s most prevalent antioxidant: Glutathione, which is responsible for balancing our skin’s pigment levels.
  1. It strengthens capillary walls! Vitamin C maintains capillary (blood vessel) integrity through the production of a compound found in our cells, which is responsible for strong tissue growth. This is particularly beneficial for sensitive skin types.

Give Me a “C”

Now that you’ve probably mentally cleared out the junk and replaced it with Vitamin C, you’re halfway there. But first, a couple key points to consider before purchasing the best Vitamin C product for your skin type and budget. When researching or shelf-stalking, look for three Cs: a chirraly correct formula (meaning the right molecular structure that your skin can absorb, recognize, and then utilize) and a concentration of 10% or higher. Additionally, Vitamin C formulas that incorporate other key antioxidants and nutrients can prove even more effective at improving skin’s overall health and appearance.

Finding Your Perfect Pick

An excellent choice for all skin types, the best-selling MyChelle Perfect C Serum ($44) is formulated with only high quality, natural ingredients, including a potent 17% dose of chirally correct, clinically-proven L-Ascorbic Acid sourced from sugar refined through various lab processes. This exclusive ingredient is synergistically stable and formulated to guard against oxidation not only on the skin but also in the bottle. For an added skin boost, the multi-tasking Perfect C serum contains added L-Ergothioneine to help increase cellular energy and interrupt the stress reaction that destroys elastin, plus extracted Buddleja Plant Stem Cells for increased protection against photo-damage and oxidative stress through antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity.

PRO TIP: Apply one pump in the morning after cleansing. If layering serums, use Perfect C Serum first or follow with your favorite moisturizer.

What the Experts Are Saying…

Respected natural lifestyle expert and best-selling author Sophie Uliano also recommends Vitamin C as one of 4 ingredients that have been scientifically proven to prevent aging. She recently selected Perfect C Serum for the introductory—and already sold-out—Sophie’s Picks Beauty Box.

[MyChelle Perfect C Serum] was the first product that I wanted in my box because I hold this company in such high regard, and because I’m vigilant about recommending a stable form of Vitamin C as an integral part of your anti-aging regime. Vit C has to be stable enough to stay fresh in a formulation, and MyChelle has done just this. Moreover, they have added enough of a concentration of Vitamin C for you to actually see results. The cherry on top is that you can even use this serum if you have sensitive skin.
-Sophie Uliano