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Get a Makeup-Free Glow
There's a reason vitamin C is popping up in a slew of new skin-care products. "It's a powerful antioxidant that fades dark spots and any irregular pigmentation, so your skin looks brighter and more even-toned," says celebrity dermatologist and The Beauty of Dirty Skin author Dr. Whitney Bowe. For best results, use a vitamin C serum in the morning (you can mix it with your SPF) to neutralize damaging free radicals, and again at night so your skin restores itself while you sleep.
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A blend of vitamin C, lemon and orange fruit extracts leave your skin immediately looking more vibrant upon application.
Buy It! Fresh Vitamin Nectar Moisture Glow Face Cream, $42; nordstrom.com
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Clinique Two-Step System
Before a big event, treat your skin to a radiance-boosting seven-day regimen, which comes with individual packets of powdered cleanser as well as a potent serum that you can add to your regular day or night lotion.
Buy It! Clinique Fresh Pressed 7-Day System with Pure Vitamin C, $27; nordstrom.com
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Lumene Beauty Drops
The antioxidant-rich arctic cloudberry, a fruit indigenous to Northern Finland and the base of these drops, provides even more vitamin C than your average orange.
Buy It! Lumene VALO Beauty Drops, $23.99; walgreens.com
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Red Earth Scrub
Give yourself a mini facial at home by using this ultra-gentle scrub (with zero harsh exfoliants!) formulated with potent vitamin C from the Australian Kakadu Plum to reveal smooth and brightened skin.
Buy It! Red Earth Brighten Refining Scrub, $28; shen-beauty.com
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IT Cosmetics Moisturizer
Try a moisturizer filled with light-reflecting particles (this one features a proprietary light-boosting technology and diamond powder) to give your skin a lit-from-within glow.
Buy It! IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce Clinically Advanced Miraculous Anti-Aging Moisturizer, $68; sephora.com
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Dr. Jart+ Sheet Mask
Whether you're oily, dry or somewhere in between, your skin can use a 15-minute boost from this brightening mask, which leaves dark spots appearing diminished after each use.
Buy It! Dr. Jart+ Brightening Infusion Hydrogel Mask, $7.50; sephora.com
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Erno Laszlo Dual Phase Peel
Once a week, exfoliate and peel away dead skin cells to uncover smooth, illuminated skin.
Buy It! Erno Laszlo White Marble Dual Phase Vitamin C Peel, $100; nordstrom.com
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Dr. Dennis Gross Moisturizer
This cream's formulated with a fancy state-of-the-art form of vitamin C, which actually offsets the formation of dark spots and wrinkles.
Buy It! Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Deep Cream, $72; nordstrom.com
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To see major results in a short period of time, turn to this two week treatment, which provides your skin with 5% pure vitamin C for maximum brightening benefits.
Buy It! No7 Youthful Vitamin C Fresh Radiance Essence, $24.99; walgreens.com