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Affordable vitamin c serum?

Hi everyone! I’m looking for recommendations for a good vitamin C serum. Preferably at least 10% and under/around $20 if possible. I’ve been using the Vichy Liftactiv 15% vitamin C serum but it’s just so pricey and I’m almost out!

I appreciate any recommendations! :)

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The Inkey List has a cheap one, as does CeraVe, The Ordinary has several vitamin C products and I've heard good things about the Geek & Gorgeous C-glow serum. Depends where you are located, some brands might be easier for you to get!

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Vanicream makes a Vitamin C serum and so does Timeless.

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If you prefer ascorbic acid over vitamin C derivatives, then the Timeless 10% and 20% C+E+Ferulic serums and Geek & Gorgeous C-Glow (15% ascorbic adic) are some of the most popular affordable "dupes" for the SkinCeutical CE Ferulic. The Geek & Gorgeous can be a bit of a hassle, as it has a short shelf life and the brand recommends you store it in the fridge. However, they also sell small empty bottles that you can transfer a few days' worth of product at a time to keep in your bathroom if you don't fancy going to the fridge for you serum every single day.

The Timeless is formulated at a lower pH (about 2.4-2.5 compared to the Geek & Gorgeous at 3.2-3.4), which could be more irritating to the skin (it caused some peeling on me even though it didn't sting or burn).

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Melano CC is highly recommended among the Asianbeauty sub on Reddit. It’s inexpensive (~USD10 for 20 ml), many vouched it produces real results; and that it comes in a package that keeps the vitamin c from oxidation. I myself just bought two tubes and can’t wait to try them out.

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Vegreen vitamin C serum is a great option when it comes to stability, it is an anhydrous solution in a dark bottle with a pump, super stable

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