Top 10 Best Korean Vitamin C Serum In 2023

Best Korean Vitamin C Serum
There are many skincare products out there, but Korean Vit C serums are some of the best. A few of the best ones are listed below.
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There are many skincare products out there, but Korean Vit C serums are some of the best. A few of the best ones are listed below.

The multi-billion-dollar beauty and skincare industry has no shortage of products from various parts of the globe, but even among them, Korean beauty products tend to stand out ahead of the pack. Made with natural ingredients and minimal to no harmful chemicals, it’s no wonder they’re so popular and highly in demand.

Korean Vitamin C serum has shot up in popularity in recent years and for good reason- they provide great results, are quite affordable, and have a wide range of brands to choose from. Here are our top 10 picks for the best Korean Vitamin C serums in the market!

1. Best Overall: SeoulCeuticals Korean Skin Care Beauty Day Glow Serum

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Specification

  • Brand: SeoulCeuticals
  • Skin Type: All
  • Item Package: Bottle with dropper
  • Product Type: Serum
  • Shelf Life: 3-4 Months
  • Serum Dose: 20% Vitamin C
  • Key Ingredients: Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Ferulic Acid, d-Alpha Tocopheryl

Features

  • Organic ingredients: made with all-natural ingredients that include plant-based Hyaluronic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Vitamin E, Citrus Stem Cells, and more that efficiently hydrate your skin.
  • Anti-aging and anti-wrinkle: this serum leaves your skin not only feeling refreshed but also has anti-aging and anti-wrinkle properties.
  • Affordable pricing: The SeoulCeuticals Day Glow Serum outperforms serums costing many times more.

How To Use

Based on my research, this product is meant to be the finishing touch in your morning skincare routine. Apply the serum through the following steps:

  1. First, clean your face and neck properly and apply toner.
  2. Uncork the dropper from the bottle and take 2-3 drops into the dropper.
  3. Squeeze the serum from the dropper into the palm of your hands.
  4. Use your fingertips to gently massage the serum across your face and neck. Make sure your fingers are clean*.

Expert Verdict

There are a couple of excellent reasons why SeoulCeutical’s Day Glow Serum is at the top of this list. I’ve found it to be very effective for my oily skin, and the difference was evident in just a few days. Thanks to its organic ingredients, the serum is suitable for almost all skin types including:

  • Dry skin
  • Oily skin 
  • Sensitive skin
  • Acne-prone skin

It also gave me glowing youthful skin and removed some of the noticeable blemishes as well. The only nitpicking I have is that you need to apply it really quickly once the serum is dropped from the dropper. Other than the recent price hike, there’s really nothing much to complain about this product. 

The reason why I considered this to be the best overall product on the list is because this product does all the good things a Vitamin C serum should do!

Skin-Friendliness

  • Vegan friendly
  • Cruelty-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Sulfate-free

Ingredient List

  • Aqua (Deionized Water)
  • Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C)
  • Hamamelis Virginiana Water
  • Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (Plant Based Hyaluronic Acid)
  • Dimethyl Sulfone
  • Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange Stem Cells)
  • Callus Culture Extract Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Organic Aloe) Extract
  • Ferulic Acid
  • Glycerin (Kosher, Vegetable)
  • Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil
  • Centella Asiatica (Organic Gotu Kola) Extract
  • Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract
  • Taraxacum Officinale Extract (Dandelion)
  • Geranium Maculatum (Wild Geranium) Extract
  • Arginine
  • Acrylates/(10-30 alkyl acrylate Crosspolymer
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Ethylhexylglycerin

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Excellent fit for both oily and dry skinsDries out too quickly once out of the bottle.
All natural ingredients that don’t have any adverse effects.
Leaves your skin looking glowing and youthful within a few days of use

2. Best Antioxidant Serum: Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop

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Specification

  • Brand: Dear, Klairs
  • Skin Type: All
  • Item Package: Bottle with dropper
  • Product Type: Serum
  • Shelf Life: About 2 Years
  • Serum Dose: 5% Concentrated Vitamin C
  • Key Ingredients: Ascorbic Acid, Centella Asiatica Extract, Yuja Fruit Extract
  • Liquid Volume: 1 fl oz. (35ml)
  • Scent: Fragrance-free

Features

  • 5% Concentrated Vitamin C: provides adequate moisture and nutrition for your skin
  • Multi-functional: it not only protects your skin but also prevents acne, skin irritation, brown spots, and a few other skin blemishes
  • Contains *non-comedogenic* Ingredients: this makes the serum suitable for most skin types, including sensitive skin

How To Use

With the Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop, I was able to incorporate the serum into my daily skincare quite easily. The procedure is to:

  1. First, clean your face and neck properly and apply your toner.
  2. Apply 3-4 drops of the vitamin drop and gently spread over the face.
  3. Making sure your fingers are clean, gently massage & pat the serum to promote full absorption.

Expert Verdict

I simply adore this product because of the neutral scent which allows me to use my perfumes without diluting the scent. As a professional, I have to move around a lot throughout the day which leaves me exposed to all manners of pollution. Thanks to Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop my skin stays protected the entire day, especially when I’m stuck during heavy traffic. Since my sister has sensitive skin, I asked her to give the serum a go. And what she said was “The extra moisture it provides leaves me feeling refreshed. And so far I’m not experiencing any side effects. I think I’ll continue using it!”

I should mention something though, It’s just that it contains glycolic acid, something that might not suit those with extra sensitive skin so you would have to do a patch test before applying the product on your face.

Skin-Friendliness

  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan friendly
  • Moisturizer
  • Water-oil balance

Ingredient List

  • Aqua (Water)
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Ascorbic Acid
  • Hydroxyethylcellulose
  • Citrus Junos Fruit Extract
  • Centella Asiatica Extract
  • Polysorbate 60
  • Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract
  • Chaenomeles Sinensis Fruit Extract
  • Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract
  • Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract
  • Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract
  • Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract
  • Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract
  • Butylene Glycol
  • Glycerin
  • Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil
  • 1,2-Hexanediol
  • Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer
  • Isohexadecane
  • Disodium EDTA
  • Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil
  • Camellia Sinensis Callus Culture Extract
  • Polysorbate 80
  • Disodium Phosphate
  • Sorbitan Oleate
  • Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract
  • Asarum Sieboldii Root Extract
  • Quercus Mongolica Leaf Extract
  • Persicaria Hydropiper Extract
  • Larix Europaea Wood Extract
  • Magnolia Obovata Bark Extract
  • Rheum Palmatum Root Extract
  • Corydalis Turtschaninovii Root Extract
  • Coptis Chinensis Root Extract
  • Sodium Phosphate
  • Lysine HCl
  • Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate
  • Acetyl Methionine
  • Theanine
  • Proline
  • Lecithin
  • Acetyl Glutamine
  • Bacillus/Folic Acid/Soybean Ferment Extract
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
  • sh-Oligopeptide-1
  • sh-Oligopeptide-2
  • sh-Polypeptide-1
  • sh-Polypeptide-11
  • sh-Polypeptide-9
  • Caprylyl Glycol
  • Limonene

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Fades brown spots and hyperpigmentationContains glycolic acid which might not suit some skin types.
Maintains firm skin and reduces visible fine lines
Particularly well suited for sensitive skin.
Brightens and evens out the skin tone

3. Best for Hydration: Cos de Baha Vitamin C Facial Serum with 15% L-Ascorbic Acid

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Specification

  • Brand: Cos De BAHA
  • Skin Type: Normal
  • Item Package: Bottle with dropper
  • Product Type: Serum
  • Shelf Life: 18 Months (preferable to use within 6 months of opening)
  • Serum Dose: 15% Vitamin C
  • Key Ingredients: Vitamin C Ascorbic, Panthenol, Hyaluronic Acid
  • Liquid Volume: 1.0 fl oz. (30 ml)
  • Scent: No Fragrance

Features

  • High L-Ascorbic Content: ensures that skin blemishes and wrinkles are reverted quickly compared to other products in the market
  • Excellent Hydration: keeps your skin moisturized and feeling fresh throughout the day
  • Impede Melanin Production: slows down the formation of melanin production, giving a bright, glowy look with regular use. Also protects against sun damage 

How To Use

Since this product is not suitable for all skin types, you should start off by applying a small amount under your chin. If there’s no skin irritation, then slowly increase the application area. If it is safe to use on your skin, here is how you should apply this serum:

  1. First, clean your face and neck properly and apply toner.
  2. Uncork the dropper from the bottle and take 2-3 drops into the dropper.
  3. Squeeze the serum from the dropper into the palm of your hands.
  4. Use your fingertips to gently massage the serum across your face and neck. Make sure your fingers are clean.

Expert Verdict

As I get older, removing fading aging spots on my skin has become increasingly difficult, which is where Cos de BAHA’s Vitamin C Facial Serum comes into play. While the other Korean vitamin C serums more or less have decent anti-aging properties, I’ve found this particular one to be the best among the bunch due to the high L-Ascorbic acid content. However, I can’t wholeheartedly recommend it for everyone as it’s reactive to sensitive skin because of the high concentration of acid that is in the serum. However, if it works for you then you’ll get the best bang for your buck when it comes to anti-aging Korean Vitamin C serums.

Skin-Friendliness

Cos de BAHA’s Vitamin C Facial Serum is specially formulated with the benefits of Vitamin C. The company understands skin sensitivity and leaves harmful content out. The serum is free of:

  • Paraben
  • Gluten
  • Formaldehyde
  • Fragrance
  • Sulfate
  • Artificial Color

Ingredient List

  • Propanediol
  • *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
  • Ascorbic acid
  • Arbutin
  • 1,2-Hexanediol
  • Glycerin
  • Arginine
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Panthenol
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • *Camellia Sinensis Leaf Ext
  • *Momordica Charantia Fruit Ext
  • *Sambucus Nigra Flower Ext
  • *Leontopodium Alpinum Extract
  • Disodium EDTA

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Highly effective at fading aging spotsNot suitable for all types of skin; can cause breakouts for sensitive skin
Help fade pigmentation & hyperpigmentation
Reduces overall redness of the skin
Improves skin elasticity
Impede melanin production

4. Best For Dark Spots: OSRX Pure Vitamin C 23% Serum

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Specification

  • Brand: COSRX
  • Skin Type: All
  • Item Package: Bottle with dropper
  • Product Type: Serum
  • Shelf Life: Use Before 2 Months of Opening
  • Serum Dose: 23% Vitamin C
  • Key Ingredients: Vitamin C, Super Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid, Allantoin
  • Liquid Volume: 0.7 fl oz. (20ml)
  • Scent: Fragrance-free

Features

  • Clinically Proven to Work in Only 4 Weeks: In accordance with a study conducted by Dermacosmetic Skin Science Laboratory Co., Ltd. Targets dull skin, uneven skin tone, dark spots and hyperpigmentation, and early signs of aging.
  • Improves Uneven Skin Tone: Improves skin radiance in a short amount of time
  • Contains Tocotrienol (Super Vitamin E): which provides 50% more efficiency when it comes to antioxidant properties

How To Use

The manufacturer advises to use the product within the first 2 months after opening the serum. This is due to active ingredient protection. If you use it in the morning, make sure to use sunscreen afterward with an SPF rating of 30 or higher. Finally, here’s how to use the serum:

  1. First, clean your face and neck properly and apply toner.
  2. Shake the bottle a couple of times before use.
  3. Uncork the dropper from the bottle and take 2-3 drops into the dropper.
  4. Squeeze the serum from the dropper into the palm of your hands.
  5. Use your fingertips to gently massage the serum across your face and neck.

*Make sure to refrigerate after use.

Expert Verdict

While I absolutely adore this product since it helped me get rid of dark spots in the past, I’ll definitely recommend wearing a strong perfume if you plan to use it. Despite no artificial fragrance used in the serum, the high Vitamin C content means there’s a strong smell that people around you may notice. The serum also has high moisture retention properties thanks to the presence of hyaluronic acid and can also soothe mild pain thanks to one of its ingredients, Allantoin. If you can work your way around the smell and have dark spots, this one is a must-buy.

Skin-Friendliness

All products of COSRX are formulated with Skin-Friendliness. The serum is:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Animal testing-free
  • Parabens-free
  • Sulfates-free
  • Phthalates-free

Ingredient List

  • Water
  • Ascorbic Acid(23%)
  • Propanediol
  • Dimethicone
  • Tromethamine
  • Panthenol
  • Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether
  • Squalane
  • Caffeine
  • Sodium Chloride
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Sodium Sulfite
  • Disodium EDTA
  • Glutathione
  • Adenosine
  • Acetyl Glucosamine
  • Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract
  • Allantoin
  • Dextrin
  • Tocotrienols
  • Tocopherol
  • Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil
  • Butylene Glycol
  • Arginine
  • Niacinamide
  • Pentylene Glycol
  • Alcohol Denat.
  • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
  • Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract
  • Methyl Trimethicone
  • Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil
  • Camellia Japonica Seed Oil
  • Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract
  • Beta-Carotene

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Removes dark spots in record timeHas a very pungent smell
High moisture retention capabilitiesCan cause mild skin sensitivity which goes away with time
Can alleviate facial pain
Brightens dull skin

5. Best for Anti-Aging: Cica Vitamin C Serum 

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Specification

  • Brand: Meebak
  • Skin Type: Sensitive, Dry, Normal
  • Item Package: Bottle with dropper
  • Product Type: Serum
  • Shelf Life: 1 Year from Date of Manufacture, 3 Months Once Opened
  • Serum Dose: Not Specified
  • Key Ingredients: Vitamin C, Centella Asiatica, Adenosine, Panthenol, Green Tea
  • Liquid Volume: 1.1 fl oz. (33 ml)
  • Scent: Green Tea

Features

  • Enhanced Healing Properties: thanks to the Centella Asiatica ingredient, say goodbye to sore skin and irritation
  • Improves Skin Tone and Texture: Vitamin C makes your skin glow and evens out its tone, and green tea and Niacinamide help even further
  • Anti-Aging Properties: Adenosine in the serum formula fights signs of aging by smoothing out wrinkles and restoring skin

How To Use

  1. First, clean your face and neck properly and proceed with a toner.
  2. Apply a few drops evenly to the face and neck.
  3. Use your fingertips to gently massage the serum across your face and neck. Make sure your fingers are clean.

*Use a moisturizer right after the serum every time. If using during the morning, make sure to use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. 

Expert Verdict

The Cica Vitamin C Serum is a combination of a bunch of highly beneficial ingredients that really help to reverse aging. Aside from Centella Asiatica, the serum also contains Adenosine and Panthenol which have proven results in skin cell rejuvenation. I’ve personally experienced the benefits of this serum as I’ve had some serious issues with damaged skin cells in the past. And for those who have excessively oily faces, I definitely recommend this Vitamin C serum.

Skin Friendliness

  • Free of Parabens
  • Sulfates-free
  • Phthalates-free
  • Animal cruelty-free

Ingredient List

  • Water
  • Butylene Glycol
  • Glycerin
  • 1,2-Hexanediol
  • Glycereth-26
  • Niacinamide
  • Chlorella Vulgaris Extract
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract
  • Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil
  • Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil
  • Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract
  • Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract
  • Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
  • Centella Asiatica Extract
  • Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract
  • 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid
  • Methyl Gluceth-20
  • Methylpropanediol
  • Pentylene Glycol
  • Trehalose
  • Glucose
  • Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer
  • Fructooligosaccharides
  • Fructose
  • Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate
  • Propanediol
  • Panthenol
  • Tromethamine
  • Ethylhexylglycerin
  • Adenosine
  • Dextrin
  • Sodium Phytate
  • Betaine
  • Madecassoside
  • Tocopherol
  • Ascorbic Acid
  • Asiaticoside
  • Carbomer
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Limonene
  • Linalool

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Rejuvenates and heals damaged skin cellsDoes leave a greasy feeling on the skin
Gets rid of dead cells from the body
Good for even oily skin

6. Best for Nourishing Soothing: Goodal Green Tangerine Vita C Dark Spot Serum

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Specification

  • Brand: GOODAL by CLUBCLIO
  • Skin Type: All Skin Types Including Sensitive Skin
  • Item Package: Bottle with Pump Dispenser
  • Product Type: Gel-like Serum
  • Shelf Life: 2 Years
  • Serum Dose: Not Specified
  • Key Ingredients: Green Tangerine Extract, Arbutin, Niacinamide
  • Liquid Volume: 1.01 fl. oz (30 ml)
  • Scent: Lemon Grass

Features

  • Tangerine-based formula: ensures this serum is as organic as they come compared to its peers which are more chemical-focused.
  • Gel form: makes it easier to apply and store compared to Vit C serums that come with a dropper.
  • Noticeable results in 2 weeks: without fail. Most users report a noticeable difference within this timeframe.
  • No pungent smell: unlike most Vitamin C serums that are heavy on Vitamin C in chemical form.

How To Use

  1. First, clean your face and neck properly and apply toner.
  2. Squeeze a suitable amount of gel from the serum container by pressing the top.
  3.  Continue to apply gently on the face and neck

*Once applied, follow up with SPF and moisturizer. Avoid using other sorts of active ingredients while using this serum.

Expert Verdict

A clear favorite of mine that comes in handy on days when I’m in a rush or on a trip somewhere. Since the serum doesn’t evaporate quickly unlike liquid Vit C serums, you can take your time to apply it evenly over your face. This is great for those who’re busy or can’t be bothered with fumbling around with a dropper. If you have acne recently and want to get hyperpigmentation fixed ASAP, then this definitely is the vitamin C serum for you.

With a powerful blend of ingredients that contains 70% tangerine, this serum will target the dark spots in your face and restore them back to the original skin texture!

Ingredient List

  • Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Extract
  • Butylene Glycol
  • Niacinamide
  • Dipropylene Glycol
  • Methyl Gluceth-20
  • Water
  • 1,2-Hexanediol
  • Glycereth-26
  • Arbutin
  • Chondrus Crispus Extract
  • Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract
  • Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil
  • Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract
  • Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract
  • Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract
  • Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract
  • Corallina Officinalis Extract
  • Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil
  • Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil
  • Cananga Odorata Flower Oil
  • Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil
  • Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract
  • Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract
  • Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract
  • Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
  • Centella Asiatica Extract
  • Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract
  • Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract
  • Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract
  • Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer
  • Panthenol
  • Choleth-24
  • Tromethamine
  • Ethylhexylglycerin
  • Allantoin
  • Tocopheryl Acetate
  • Adenosine
  • Sodium Phytate
  • Ascorbyl Glucoside
  • Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate
  • Glycerin
  • Madecassoside
  • Maltodextrin
  • Saccharide Hydrolysate
  • Tocopherol
  • Asiaticoside
  • Carbomer
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Limonene, 
  • Linalool

Skin Friendliness

  • Paraben-free
  • Phthalate-free
  • PEG-free
  • Cruelty-free

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Cold-pressed for maximum Vitamin C retentionAlmost none
Lightweight and non-sticky.
Provides long-lasting hydration
Reduce dark spots & hyperpigmentation
Great for sensitive skin

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7. Best for Healthier Skin: Pure Vitamin C21.5% Advanced Serum by Wishtrend

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Specification

  • Brand: Wishtrend
  • Skin Type: All
  • Item Package: Bottle with dropper
  • Product Type: Serum
  • Shelf Life: 6 Months after Opening
  • Serum Dose: 21.5% Vitamin C
  • Key Ingredients: Niacinamide, 
  • Liquid Volume: 1.01 fl. Oz (30 ml)
  • Scent: Unscented

Features

  • Provides a cool, soothing effect: thanks to the 70% Vitamin Tree Water which also acts as an excellent moisturizer
  • Maximum skin absorption level: is ensured by the advanced formula that utilizes 10 core ingredients for maximum results.
  • Good for general skin maintenance: along with other skin care products that you use.

How To Use

  1. First, clean your face and neck properly and apply toner.
  2. Uncork the dropper from the bottle and take 2-3 drops into the dropper.
  3. Squeeze the serum from the dropper into the palm of your hands.
  4. Use your fingertips to gently massage the serum across your face and neck. Make sure your fingers are clean.

Expert Verdict

Whenever I don’t have any particular skin blemish on my face or neck, this is my go-to Korean Vit C serum. It’s not expensive, easily available, and acts as a replacement until I get the particular Vitamin C serum I need in emergencies. The only downside of this serum is the fact that it’s extremely heat-sensitive and can get spoiled during delivery. As long as you keep it refrigerated, you won’t have many complaints.

Key Ingredients

  • Hippophae rhamnoides
  • Water
  • Ascorbic Acid
  • Sodium Lactate
  • 1,2-hexanediol
  • Sodium Hyaluronate Panthenol
  • Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract
  • Allantoin
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Ethyl Hexanediol

Skin Friendliness

  • Vegan friendly
  • Animal cruelty-free
  • Ethanol-free
  • Silicon oil-free
  • Artificial coloring-free
  • Artificial fragrance-free
  • Gluten-free

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Improves skin tone & skin textureProne to getting spoiled due to excessive heat
Watery, light, non-sticky texture
Light and fast absorbing
Boost collagen production

8. Best for Brightening: DERMALOGY by NEOGENLAB Real Vita C Serum

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Specification

  • Brand: NeoGen Dermalogy
  • Skin Type: All
  • Item Package: Bottle with dropper
  • Product Type: Serum
  • Shelf Life: Best to Use within 6 Month After Opening
  • Serum Dose: 22% Vitamin C
  • Key Ingredients: Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Citrus Fruits Extracts
  • Liquid Volume: 1.12 fl oz. (32 ml)
  • Scent: Lemon

Features

Super potent: Vit C serum that has a high concentration of Vitamin E and Vitamin B5 which makes the skin more radiant.

5 sources of vitamin C: packs quite the punch by using all major citrus sources- lemon, lime, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit.

How To Use

  1. First, clean your face and neck properly and apply toner.
  2. Uncork the dropper from the bottle and take 2-3 drops into the dropper.
  3. Squeeze the serum from the dropper into the palm of your hands.
  4. Use your fingertips to gently massage the serum across your face and neck. Make sure your fingers are clean.

Expert Verdict

Most Korean Vit C serums more or less help maintain and improve skin radiance, but I’ve found this to be the best when it comes to brightening skin tone. The serum contains SAP (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate) which prevents oxidative damage of the skin, which is the main cause of skin dullness. Before using this Vit C serum I tried a couple of other methods to brighten my skin, but none of them worked as well as this for me.

Key Ingredients

  • Water
  • Glycerin
  • Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate
  • Isopentyldiol
  • Butylene Glycol
  • 1,2-Hexanediol
  • Niacinamide
  • Dipropylene Glycol
  • Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract
  • Morinda Citrifolia Extract
  • Apium Graveolens (Celery) StemExtract
  • Brassica Oleracea Acephala Leaf Extract
  • Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Leaf Extract
  • Citric Acid
  • Octyldodeceth-16
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Panthenol
  • Sodium Metabisulfite
  • Ethylhexylglycerin
  • Ascorbic Acid
  • Ferulic Acid
  • CaprylylGlycol
  • Dextrin
  • Tocopheryl Acetate
  • Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate,
  • Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract
  • Coptis Japonica Root Extract,
  • Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil
  • Pistacia Vera Seed Oil
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid
  • Sodium Hyaluronate

Skin Friendliness

DERMALOGY By NEOGENLAB Real Vita C Serum is completely free of

  • Artificial fragrance
  • Parabens
  • Sulfates
  • Artificial colors
  • Alcohol
  • Mineral oil
  • Silicone

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Prevents skin damage from pollutionDoesn’t work well with acne.
The core ingredient SAP prevents the product from getting spoiled
Budget-friendly

9. Best For Sensitive Skin: It’s SKIN Power 10 Formula VC Effector

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Specification

  • Brand: It’s Skin
  • Skin Type: All, Including Sensitive Skin
  • Item Package: Bottle with dropper
  • Product Type: Serum
  • Shelf Life: 1 Year
  • Serum Dose: 80% Green Tomato, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid & Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate)
  • Key Ingredients: Pure Vitamin C, Green Tomato Extract
  • Liquid Volume: 1.01 fl. Oz (30 ml)
  • Scent: Lemon

Features

  • Gives Your Skin a Youthful Glow: alongside curing skin blemishes that plague sensitive skin
  • A combination of 10 Different Serums: is the reason it suits all types of sensitive skin.
  • Ultrasonic Extraction and Low-temperature Aging: ensure that the serum has no side effects.
  • Carefully Formulated Serum: that specializes in dull skin, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles

How To Use

  1. Clean your face first before application.
  2. Take a suitable amount of serum (2-3 drops is enough).
  3. Use your fingertips to gently massage and pat the serum across your face and neck.

Expert Verdict

Personally, I don’t suffer from sensitive skin but my sister does. So last year I gave her a bottle of this serum, and in a month it worked wonders for her. IT’S SKIN Power 10 Formula VC Effector was made exactly with this aspect in mind, the ingredients of its formula were selected particularly not to aggravate sensitive skin. Since then she has been using this serum regularly and is one happy customer. Her skin blemishes have reduced significantly and the flakiness of her skin has gone completely

Key Ingredients

  • Water
  • Butylene Glycol
  • Glycerin
  • Niacinamide
  • 1,2-hexanediol
  • Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate
  • Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp Copolymer
  • Solanum Lycop Ersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract*
  • Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6
  • Limonene
  • Sodium Citrate
  • Caprylyl/capryl Glucoside
  • Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract
  • Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate
  • Citric Acid
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Sodium Phytate
  • Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract
  • Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract
  • Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil
  • Polyglyceryl-10 Oleate
  • T-butyl Alcohol
  • Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil
  • Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract
  • Ascorbic Acid
  • Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate
  • Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil
  • Corallina Officinalis Extract
  • Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil

Skin Friendliness

  • No animal testing
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Free of 10 harsh chemicals usually found in other beauty products.

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Specially made for sensitive skin types.Not as effective for other skin types.
Contains no artificial harmful chemicals.
Cheaper than most serums.

10. Best Glow Toner: SOME BY MI Galactomyces Pure Vitamin C Glow Toner

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Specification

  • Brand: SOME by MI
  • Skin Type: Dry, Normal, Oily, Sensitive (All)
  • Item Package: Bottled
  • Product Type: Glow Toner
  • Shelf Life: 12 Months (1 Year)
  • Serum Dose: 88% Galactomyces, ~5% Vitamin C
  • Key Ingredients: Galactomyces, Pure Vitamin C, Flower Extracts
  • Liquid Volume: 6.76 fl Oz (200ml)
  • Scent: Unscented

Features

  • High Galactomyces Concentration: This is an excellent antioxidant ingredient and moisturizing agent.
  • Get More, Pay Less: this is something very few Vit C serum brands focus on. Some by MI probably offer the best deal in its product category by focusing on both quality and quantity at the same time. If you’re looking for a toner that’s under budget and will last you a long time, this is the best Korean Vit C serum you can buy
  • Brightening Formula: the product is excellent at alleviating blemishes, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation and brightens your face with regular use.

How To Use

This product is meant to be the finishing touch in your daily skincare routine. Apply the serum through the following steps:

  1. First, clean your face and neck properly and apply toner.
  2. Uncork the dropper from the bottle and take 2-3 drops into the dropper.
  3. Squeeze the serum from the dropper into the palm of your hands.
  4. Use your fingertips to gently massage the serum across your face and neck. Make sure your fingers are clean.

Expert Verdict

I’m usually very picky about toners, but this one has definitely earned its spot on my favorites list. SOME by MI is a world-renowned brand and it definitely lives up to its name. Unlike other Korean Vitamin C serums that focus on removing skin blemishes and hydration, SOME by MI’s toner focuses on making your skin glow thanks to its unique blend of ingredients. The toner is a good fit for all types of skin including sensitive ones that react badly to chemical ingredients present in other glow toners, which is a definite plus in my book.

Friendliness

  • Cruelty-free
  • Preservatives Free
  • Sulfate Free
  • Artificial Color Free
  • Alcohol-Free

Key Ingredients

  • Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate(88 %)
  • Butylene Glycol
  • 1,2-hexanediol
  • Niacinamide
  • Glycerin
  • Ascorbic Acid(10,000 Ppm)
  • Tromethamine
  • C12-14 Pareth-12
  • Water
  • Allantoin
  • Cellulose Gum
  • Ethylhexylglycerin
  • Adenosine
  • Hydrogenated Lecithin
  • Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate
  • Panthenol
  • Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate(25 Ppm)
  • Phenylethyl Resorcinol
  • Propolis Extract
  • Aronia Melanocarpa Fruit Extract
  • Aspalathus Linearis Extract
  • Bambusa Vulgaris Extract
  • Maltodextrin
  • Saccharide Hydrolysate
  • Ficus Carica

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
One bottle lasts for a long timeNot particularly effective when it comes to hydration
Noticeable difference in skin glow within a short time
Protects skin from pollution

Top 3 Benefits of Including Vitamin C in Your Skincare Routine

Vitamin C serums have the potential to improve skin’s appearance by preventing wrinkling and reducing the appearance of hyperpigmented areas. They can greatly elevate your skincare routine by providing essential nourishment that you’ve been missing out!

By using Vitamin C serums the right way, you can gain many benefits for your skin, like I have. These serums have a range of benefits, such as balancing skin tone, reducing hyperpigmentation, and reducing the signs of aging. Let’s break these down even further:

1. Sun Protection

Vitamin C provides excellent protection for your skin against sun damage. “The antioxidant properties of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and its role in collagen synthesis make vitamin C a vital molecule for skin health,” says Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is beneficial to the skin in many ways, including:

  • Reducing damage resulting from exposure to UV rays or direct sunlight
  • Maximizing sunscreen lotion’s effectiveness even further
  • Reducing premature cell death when under sun exposure

2. Anti-Wrinkle & Aging Material

UV light from the sun makes us age quickly and form premature wrinkles. Vitamin C not only reduces this effect from sunlight but also promotes collagen production, providing elasticity and firmness to our skin.

Moreover, Medical News Today considers, “Vitamin C as a collagen booster”. This is undoubtedly true and helps your skin stay younger for longer!

3. Achieving an Even Skin Tone

Vitamin C serums help treat hyperpigmentation. These areas on the skin or face appear darker than the rest of the skin. Implementing Vitamin C reduces these dark spots gradually, and also reduces melanin production. Melanin is what gives our skin a dark appearance. Hence, by treating the hyperpigmentation with Vitamin C, one can achieve an even skin tone across the face.

Does Vitamin C Serum Expire?

Like any other beauty product out there, Vitamin C serums also have a shelf life that can differ from brand to brand. On average most Vitamin C serums will expire between 3-6 months after opening, provided they’re stored and used properly. If not opened, these serums can have a shelf life of between 12 to 18 months. 

If a Vitamin C serum that you purchased expires or goes bad, then there are some telltale signs to identify it. These signs include:

  • Change of color to yellow, brown, or orange compared to the color of the serum when originally bought.
  • The oil and cream within the serum separate.
  • There are gas bubbles when you take off the cap or the dropper of the serum container.

Preserving Vitamin C Serums for the Long Run

Since Vitamin C serums can get ruined very easily, it’s best to take proper steps to preserve them for maximum efficiency. Here are some of the things you can do to preserve Vitamin C serums:

  • Keep them in a cool, shaded place, ideally a refrigerator.
  • Always close the cap or dropper tightly to ensure no oxygen gets inside the bottle.
  • If the original bottle of the serum isn’t of a dark shade, consider transferring the contents to a bottle with a dark color and seal.

FAQs

1. Can I use other serums alongside Vitamin C serum?

Yes, you can, but you should incorporate them slowly to ensure the combination of two different serums doesn’t cause any adverse reactions on your skin like tingling or irritation.

2. Are Korean Vitamin C serums cruelty-free?

Yes, Korean Vit C serums are 100% cruelty-free since testing and experimenting products in South Korea are totally banned.

3. Why do I need to use Vitamin C serums for moisturizing my skin when I’m already using an SPF?

SPFs, or sunscreen lotions are designed to protect the upper layer of your skin from the UV rays of the sun, not retain water moisture. Using Vitamin C serum ensures that your face and neck have proper moisture retention.

4. How many times a day should I use Vitamin C serums?

Ideally twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. But it will mostly be dependent on the product so you should follow the instructions the manufacturer gives.

Final Thoughts

So there you go, the 10 best Korean Vit C serums that I have personally used, reviewed, and recommended. Proper facial care is something not only for women, but men as well, so I recommend all my readers to try out the ones that specifically suit your skin problems from the list. Keep using Vitamin C skincare in your routine and I guarantee you’ll see the results yourself in no time!

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