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The Hero Project Vit C-30 Ul­tra Bright­en­ing Serum, £39

Oxy­gen is vi­ta­min C’s big­gest en­emy, drain­ing it of its su­per­pow­ers on con­tact. It’s a good job, then, that this is a water-free for­mula (water be­ing a car­rier of oxy­gen), and the vi­ta­min C is kept safe in a pro­tec­tive coat­ing. With such a high dose of the good stuff, it’s no sur­prise my skin looked glowy and air­brushed after just a week’s use.

Kiehl’s Pow­er­ful-Strength Line-Re­duc­ing Con­cen­trate, £49.50

This hy­drat­ing serum sits on the skin a lit­tle longer than its con­tenders, so is best suited to drier com­plex­ions. More im­por­tantly, it’s wa­ter­free, so the purer (and there­fore more vul­ner­a­ble) of the two vi­ta­min Cs isn’t jeop­ar­dised.

Vichy Lif­tac­tiv 15% Vi­ta­min C Bright­en­ing Skin Cor­rec­tor, £28

If you’re big on easy ap­pli­ca­tion, you’ll love this fast-ab­sorb­ing for­mula. It’s meant to be used in 10 days to make up for vi­ta­min-C-in-water de­grad­ing so fast. But can added an­tiox­i­dants and ‘con­trolled PH level’ keep it sta­ble for even 10 days with­out any oxy­gen-proof­ing? Vichy says yes. I’m not tak­ing the risk.

Sun­day Ri­ley CEO Rapid Flash Bright­en­ing Serum, £70

Con­tain­ing 15% tetra­hexylde­cyl ascor­bate (try say­ing that after a large wine), which is ba­si­cally vi­ta­min C mi­nus the oxy­gen-sen­si­tive part of the mol­e­cule, so it’s nice and sta­ble. But be­cause the mol­e­cule is mod­i­fied, you still end up with only a small per­cent­age of pure and ac­tive vi­ta­min C – shame. The up­shot? It won’t sting on ap­pli­ca­tion, so a good one for those not will­ing to suf­fer for their beauty.

The Or­di­nary Vi­ta­min C Sus­pen­sion 30% in Sil­i­cone, £5.80

A high hit of ascor­bic acid (pure vi­ta­min C), kept safe in a sil­i­cone base. There’s no water, so it’s se­ri­ously sta­ble. The thick tex­ture isn’t for ev­ery­one, and it will sting as your skin ab­sorbs it. So why bother? Be­cause you get a mega-dose of col­la­gen-boost­ing vi­ta­min C at an amaz­ing price.

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