Your skin will love this stuff.
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Every time we ask a dermatologist to prescribe a pre-wedding skincare regimen, a vitamin C product is always in the mix, regardless of skin type. It's one of those tried-and-true ingredients that fades dark spots, helps prevent premature aging, and makes your skin glow like crazy. But the problem, historically, with this seemingly magical ingredient is that it's very unstable, which means that its potency is difficult to maintain. Today, however, there are better ways of maintaining it so that each time you use it, the product works just as well as it did the first time the bottle was opened. That's great news for everyone—especially anyone getting married—because it's easier than ever to get that glow.
Here, five vitamin C products we're obsessed with now. Use one in the months leading up to your wedding for a gorgeous, glowing complexion.
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We may have talked about this one before, but after using it for more than a month, we are truly loving the results. Hyperpigmentation that was creeping up on our cheeks disappeared, redness around our nose has faded, and the quality of our skin just seems better, younger, more resilient, and radiant. In fact, a friend commented that our tester looked like she was 15 years old. (She's 31.)
Joanna Vargas "Rescue" Vitamin-C Serum, $150, nordstrom.com.
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This new brand, Biossance, is completely plant-derived and uses sustainable practices to make their products. The most unique aspect of this serum is that it contains squalane, a moisturizing agent that our bodies produce. This means that it will sink right into skin without feeling greasy, adding optimal hydration. We used it in place of a moisturizer, but you may want to add a bit of lotion on top depending on your skin type.
Biossance "Squalane + Vitamin C" Rose Oil, $72, sephora.com.
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This mask contains a variety of crushed citrus fruits—oranges, lemons, clementines—all of which are very high in vitamin C. After we wore it once for 20 minutes (just once, we tell you!) we noticed our complexions looked much brighter. Then we started using it a few times per week and it just got better and better.
Fresh "Vitamin Nectar" Face Mask, $62, sephora.com.
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Although these tiny little paper-thin, individually-packaged squares may not look like much, they each contain a single dose of 100 percent vitamin C. All you have to do is put one in your hand, mix it with three or four drops of water, and then blend it into your face with a serum. Keeping the vitamin C pure and separated from other ingredients until it hits your face ensures that it's really potent, every single time.
Mary Kay "TimeWise" Activating Squares, $24, marykay.com.
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Ole Henriksen made his vitamin C serum with his own skincare problems in mind—boosting collagen to eradicate acne scars and even skin tone—so you know it has to work. (And how it does.) It also contains green tea extract, which helps to decrease inflammation and adds an extra dose of age-preventative antioxidants.
Ole Henriksen "Truth" Vitamin-C Serum, $48, sephora.com.