Taking in Vitamin Sea is a way of life in South Florida, but are you giving your skin what it needs to protect and repair after time spent in the sand, surf, and sun? Boca-based, Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jacob Steiger, M.D. of Steiger Facial Plastic Surgery explains that “by living in South Florida, you are subject to constant sun exposure which increases the risk of free radical formation.” Free radicals can cause damage to our DNA and ultimately cause signs of aging. Gasp! 


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Thankfully we can turn to Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that when applied topically, can help reverse damage. “As an antioxidant, Vitamin C strengthens the skin from within by preventing the formation of free radicals (i.e. thymine dimers) which affect collagen structures and are a potential factor for causing cancer,” says Steiger.

If achieving a brighter skin appearance, increased hydration, and boosting your collagen production sounds like something you’d be interested in, then we suggest the following Vitamin C serums (and scrub) to help you reach your #skingoals. 

Steiger Skin Care Pure C, $120

This brightening and hydrating Vitamin C serum delivers skin-enhancing benefits of pure, stabilized L-Ascorbic Acid and TetrahexyldecylAscorbate, in combination with Vitamins A & E, Arbutin, Bearberry, Emblica, and Ubiquinone, to achieve improved skin texture and tone resulting in healthier-looking skin.

No7 Youthful Vitamin C Fresh Radiance Essence, $24.99

This 2-week treatment quenches skin with 5% pure Vitamin C, a key antioxidant for supporting skin’s natural renewal and bringing back a healthy glow. According to No7, after 2 weeks of daily use, skin will be brighter, skin tone more even and skin texture will be improved.

The Better Skin Co. Epik C Serum, $38

This hydrating and tightening helps reduce the appearance of fine lines with plant-based technology. Its advanced Vitamin C formula works hard to improve skin health and brighten skin, and its natural botanicals and fruit extracts guard against pollution.

Avon Anew Vitamin C Brightening Serum, $44

Clinically proven to brighten skin after the first use by up to 44%, this serum is  packed with as much Vitamin C as in 30 oranges. 

Elina Organics Vitamin C Elixir, $63

This natural ester Vitamin C (14%) and collagen-building formula helps to reduce free radical damage. Extracts of Yarrow, Sea Buckthorn, and other nourishing organic botanicals help to even out your complexion, hydrate, and rejuvenate your skin. It can be used as a serum for dry skin and as a moisturizer for oilier skin types 

Eight Saints Seeking C, $74

This concentrated treatment that targets age spots, acne scars, and skin discoloration will leave skin brighter, firmer, and with a more even skin complexion. 

Peter Thomas Roth Potent C Power Scrub $38

This new facial scrub is formulated to be the future of Vitamin C, with THD Ascorbate, an ultra-stable scientific breakthrough ingredient 50x more powerful than traditional Vitamin C.