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Vitamin C has been a buzzword for quite some time in the world of beauty, but you might be asking yourself: what does it do, and why do I need it? We're here to answer everything. 

According to Kiehl's, vitamin C is an antioxidant that can help with aging concerns, such as dark spots and dullness. It is a water-soluble vitamin found in plants and is closely related to maintaining your skin's look and health. It is found naturally in food such as citrus, and consuming and applying it on the skin can help you reap vitamin C's full benefits. It can also help protect your skin from free radicals. 

Here are vitamin C-rich products for every step of your routine. 

InstaNatural Vitamin C Cleanser

We wanted to kick this off with how you would typically start your skincare routine, and that is with a cleanser. This cleanser will hydrate, tone, and brighten your skin. Additionally, InstaNatural's Vitamin C Cleanser can improve your skin's tone and texture while also helping reduce your dark spots, wrinkles, and fine lines. In addition to vitamin C, this also contains aloe vera, coconut water, and botanical extracts, which can hydrate and nourish your skin. We also love the fact this is friendly to all skin types. 

Murad Essential-C Toner

We love this toner because it can help brighten and refresh your skin, leaving you glowing. This toner works best for combination and dry skin. It can help reset your skin's pH level, so your skin is more likely to absorb whatever is next. It uses orange fruit extract to refresh your skin, rice amino acids to help retain moisture, and vitamins C and E. 

Timeless Skin Care Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum

Although we love this product for what it does, it also has super cute packaging, which will look amazing in your next "#Shelfie." Timeless Skin Care's Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum is super lightweight and brightening. It also absorbs in your skin super easily (trust us on this one). It can also help lighten hyperpigmentation and help your skin cells turn over, which will leave your skin looking and feeling better and younger.

Mario Badescu Vitamin C Cream

This lightweight and good-smelling daytime moisturizer will make your skin look and feel brighter. It contains 10% vitamin C, which will make sure your skin is revitalized and glowing as well as help with elasticity. The moisturizer is also formulated with carrot root extract and seed oil, which make your skin look brighter and provide anti-aging benefits. Other ingredients that stand out in this are vitamins A, D, and E and rosehip seed oil, which will leave your skin looking dewy.  It also uses jojoba seed oil, which can moisturize and soothe your skin. 

Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream

This vegan and cruelty-free product is gentle enough to use at night and during the day. In addition to this, the Drunk Elephant eye cream also made our list because it uses not one but five different forms of vitamin C to brighten and firm your skin. The vitamin C complex is paired with peptides and antioxidants, helping protect your skin from pollution, free radicals, and UV rays. The eye cream contains an eight-peptide blend, which can help with wrinkles and fine lines while strengthening your skin.