Arsenal and watch wrinkles make a hasty retreat

When browsing the skin care aisle for anti-aging products, do you ever consider vitamin C for your skin? Sure, retinol, ceramides and hyaluronic acid are a few of our favorite power players — and for good reason. But along with those key ingredients, you need vitamin C, a tried and true wrinkle fighter and radiance booster that is every bit the superstar as those other MVPs.

“When applied topically, vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps reduce damage to the skin from free radicals,” explains Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, founder and director of┬áCapital Laser & Skin Care. “Free radicals are formed by many different environmental issues like the sun, pollution or smoking, and can ultimately harm the skin.”

Translation: These free radicals can break down collagen and cause premature wrinkles to emerge. However, vitamin C acts as a skin protectant and can even delay the early signs of aging. Our advice? Invest in one of the following vitamin C face serums to add to your morning routine as your shield against environmental stressors. As an added vitamin c serum benefit, the skin will appear brighter and more radiant after each and every use.

Pro tip: Always apply sunscreen directly after applying a vitamin C serum to your face. While vitamin C is meant to protect the skin from sun damage from the inside out, sunscreen protects the very outer layer of skin, making them both extremely important to use before heading out for your day.