Serums To Brighten Up a Tired Complexion

Olivia La Roche Passerbuys Brightening Serums
Do you ever look in the mirror and get the feeling that something is inexplicably missing from your complexion?

 If you've ever sacrificed sleep for a couple of nights in a row, or spent too much of your day staring at the blue light of a computer screen, the feeling is probably something you've experienced. The color from your face seems to have drained away, and your skin tone actually looks grey, if that's even possible. For a cure to dull, tired skin—other than actually, you know, getting more rest—check out one of these brightening serums that have been recommended by passersby, and behold the magical powers of Vitamin C.

1.  Glossier Super Glow Serum

Glossier's brightening serum, made with Vitamin C and magnesium, gives what the brand describes as a "lit from within" type of glow. Because the texture is like water,  the product absorbs easily into skin, brightening up your face instantly to give you some glow when you need it most. Long-term benefits include more even skin texture. At $28, it's also one of the most affordable vitamin c serums you can get for your money.

FORMULA FACTS: hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, paraben free, fragrance free, cruelty free


Mario badescu vitamin c serum

2. Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum

Mario Badescu's serum offers the brightening effects of 7.5% ascorbic acid and the softening and smoothing power of hyaluronic acid and collagen. Recommended for use every other night, passerby Cara Flaherty has testified to a noticeable difference in wrinkle prevention and evening out her skin tone since she started using this serum. 

FORMULA FACTS: Paraben Free, Sulfate Free, Phthalate Free

Recommended by:  CARA FLAHERTY

vitamin c+e+ferulic serum

3. Marie Veronique Vitamin C, E + Ferulic Acid Serum

Marie Veronique's serum is formulated to boost antioxidants during the day and build collagen at night. Its ingredients provide both antioxidant protection and a boost to your daily sun protection, making your sunscreen more effective. The formula's natural ingredient list make this clean beauty product suitable for all skin types.

FORMULA FACTS: No Synthetic Fragrance, Alcohol Free, Paraben Free, Phenoxyethanol Free, Preservative Free, Gluten Free

Recommended by: SUSAN ALEXANDRA

Words by Caitlin Rance