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The vitamin C products your skin needs

Now's the time of year your skin is craving this ingredient.

The last few weeks of winter is when our skin really feels the damage from the season. Even in mild winters, like the one most of the country is experiencing, our skin feels extra dull and dry. The saving grace? Vitamin C. We've noticed a wide variety of beauty products are now featuring the essential, skin-boosting ingredient front-and-center. Consider it perfect timing.

“[The vitamin] is a natural antioxidant that fights free radicals and delivers a hydrated, healthy and glowing complexion,” says Howard Murad, M.D., a physician specializing in inclusive medicine and dermatology and the founder of skincare line Murad. Vitamin C is necessary for collagen synthesis in the skin as well as tissue growth and repair. "Applying a vitamin C serum underneath a standard moisturizer can add glow back to dry, wind-chapped skin,” says Murad. Here, five of the best vitamin C skincare products to add to your grooming routine:

murad essential-c cleanser, $36

This antioxidant-rich face wash uses vitamins A, C, and E to gently remove impurities and rehydrate environmentally damaged skin.
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drunk elephant c-firma day serum, $80

Apply just a little of this super potent serum in the morning. Essential nutrients and fruit enzymes firm and brighten your skin while protecting and preventing further damage. In other words, a little goes a long way.
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philosophy turbo booster c powder, $39

Boosts in the form of powder aren't just for your smoothies anymore. Mix a tiny scoop of this stuff into your moisturizer for an instant antioxidant-boosting shield.
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peter thomas roth camu camu power c x 30™ vitamin-c brightening moisturizer, $72

This moisturizer derives its nutrients from the Amazonian Camu Camu berry superfruit, which contains 30 times more vitamin C per ounce than an average-sized orange. Use in the morning and evening to soften lines, brighten your skin, and, of course, moisturize.
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m-61 vitablast a & c eye cream, $78

In addition to vitamins A and C, this eye cream features sea buckthorn, passionflower, and papaya to soothe and brighten the skin around your eyes.
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