The vitamin C serum that's completely transformed my skin (even when traveling)

Anna Hecht
Updated 5th March 2018

Story highlights

  • How vitamin c serum helped improve the look and condition of one editor's skin
  • This product helps your skin look tighter, brighter and more youthful

Skin dull and dry? Mine used to be, too. That is, until I started using the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum ($23; {{mLink-1522174049252_797}}) on a daily basis. There were a few remarkable changes to my skin once I integrated this product into my routine full-time, but mainly, I've noticed my skin looking tighter, brighter and more youthful.

When I first discovered vitamin C serum, I had been exploring the benefits of Korean skincare products, which have gained massive popularity in the United States in the past few years.

One big part of the Korean skincare regimen is to use what is broadly referred to as a "treatment." Essentially, a treatment is any concentrated product that heals particular skin issues — such as dryness, patchy skin, sun spots or acne — and is typically applied after using a toner. For me, my skin tends to be dull, dry and acne prone, which means I needed something that could help cleanse my skin without drying it out.

Not only did vitamin C help with those issues, but it also nourished my skin during long flights, fighting back against that stuffy cabin air that typically dehydrates your skin.

Vitamin C has been used by cultures around the world for its anti-aging properties. In fact, as far back as 618 to 917 AD, women in the Tang Dynasty would rub sea buckthorn, a plant containing vitamin C, on their faces to "fight the outward signs of premature aging."

Doctors still swear by vitamin C as a useful topical cosmeceutical (or a cosmetic containing medicinal properties). Dr. Gary Goldfaden, a prominent dermatologist, explains that vitamin C encourages more youthful looking skin because of its ability to produce collagen and rejuvenating antioxidants for healing damaged skin. Because of these unique properties, research says that topical vitamin C has become a useful way for treating and improving skin.

I started seeing a difference a few weeks after I began using Klairs serum morning and night. When using, I apply about a pea-sized drop to my face after cleansing and using a toner. For your toner, I'd recommend the Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner ($18.13; jet.com).

Or, if that doesn't work, feel free to try this amazing option from Cosrx we reviewed. The reason I stick with Klairs for both my serum and toner is to help ensure my products react well when used together. The purpose for using a toner is to cleanse, balance pH levels and make it possible for your skin to more easily absorb nutrients.

My skin looks more youthful, dewy and moisturized since I started using the vitamin C serum. And, beyond that, I noticed my acne cleared up, an added perk I didn't expect.

And, when I started using vitamin C serum while traveling abroad, I noticed that my skin was no longer completely ruined after a long flight. Instead, it maintained a healthful appearance that has remained constant. And what could be better than that?

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