MILAN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 23: A model poses backstage at the Simona Marziali – MRZ fashion show during the Milan Women’s Fashion Week on September 23, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Rosdiana Ciaravolo/Getty Images)

Vitamin C – it’s the holy grail of skincare ingredients, thanks to its brightening, protecting properties. It addresses any number of complexion woes, from pigmentation, discolouration, fine line and dullness, while guarding your skin against further environmental aggressors like pollution and smoke. Best used in the morning to maximise its skin-protecting benefits, this wonder ingredient is suitable for all ages and skin types.

In short? It will be a better addition to your AM routine than a big glass of its libation cousin, the humble orange juice. Luckily, in 2021 we’ve got an abundance of options.

I was recently reminded of vitamin C’s top-notch ability to treat the skin when I caught a glimpse of Dua Lipa‘s zesty orange look for the Moonlight Edition shoot of her album Future Nostalgia. Firstly, she was wearing an energetic orange shade on her eyes – a clear sign – but her skin also featured an almost glass-like quality, with no imperfections on her smooth, glossy skin.


And sure, she was wearing makeup in the image, but have you seen her skin without it? That youthful glow comes courtesy of a consistent skincare routine, not concealer.

With that in mind, I set about reacquainting myself with some of the latest glow-inducing vitamin C serums – plus one inner beauty elixir – on the market, in a bid to get that Lipa-like radiance. If you’re reticent to do the same, shop GRAZIA‘s edit of the best new vitamin C serums below.


This all-natural serum targets pigmentation while also adding squalane to balance and hydrate the skin.

Youth To The People 15% Vitamin C + Clean Caffeine Energy Serum, $104 SHOP NOW

If your skin is so tired-looking it’s practically sleep-walking its way through the day, try this invigorating serum to restore radiance, firm and de-puff.

Mecca Cosmetica Skin Brightening Vitamin C Serum, $55 SHOP NOW

Containing the highest possible concentration of stabilised vitamin C with 15% L-Ascorbic Acid, this just-launched serum turns up the brightness on your skin, while simultaneously protecting it against free radical damage.

Elizabeth Arden Visible Brightening CicaGlow Concentrate, $100 (available march 15)

This peel contains a clever bi-phase formula – a green top phase infused with natural nourishing oils to comfort the skin’s barrier, while the bottom pink phase gently boosts natural exfoliation. Simply shake well to combine the two phases, apply and glow forth!

The Beauty Chef Immune Food Inner Beauty Support, $55 SHOP NOW

Okay, so it’s not exactly a serum but by now we all know that beauty starts from within, right? The Beauty Chef’s new Immune Food is chock-full of vit-C goodness to encourage a healthy immune system and support your general wellbeing.