Facing The Flu Season 5 Vitamin C Infused Skin Soothers

The cold air has settled in here on the East Coast, and while that may mean great things for my hair (low humidity = less frizz = soft and smooth blowouts!), it means something much less fashionable for my immune system.

Everywhere I turn, it seems like someone is sick, and it doesn’t help that I just watched Contagion for the first time—twice in one week—on HBO. (I know I’m behind, but I just can’t get Gwyneth’s death face out of my head.) So I’m doing my best to avoid this miserable bug, which includes popping a ton of vitamin C pills and chugging OJ like it’s going out of style.

Still, it’s no guarantee that I won’t get sick—I’ve tried this prevention method before and failed. But what I’m more confident in are the benefits my skin can reap from vitamin C.

The collagen-producing, antioxidant-packed nutrient is great for brightening skin tone, smoothing fine lines, reducing free radical damage and erasing wrinkles. Which is why I’ve been on a quest to find the best vitamin-C-infused beauty goods. Below are five of my faves.

From left to right: Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C x 30 Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer, The Body Shop Vitamin C Boost, Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder, Lumene Vitamin C+ Radiant Beauty Drops
From left to right: Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C x 30 Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer, The Body Shop Vitamin C Boost, Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder, Lumene Vitamin C+ Radiant Beauty Drops

[spacer size=”20″]Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, $58
Packed with 10.5% pure vitamin C, Kiehl’s fine-line busting serum is great for softening crinkles around the mouth and crow’s feet around the eyes.

Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C x 30 Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer, $72
Camu Camu is an Amazonian berry that has 30 times the vitamin C of an orange. This moisturizer contains a ton of the super fruit, as well as vitamins A, D and E—all of which help boost collagen production and nourish dry skin.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Boost, $26
Give your skin its daily brightening boost with this face wash, which contains that super potent Camu Camu fruit, in addition to moisturizing Brazil nut oil.

Lumene Vitamin C+ Radiant Beauty Drops, $22
Lumene’s little orange pods release vitamin C into the skin slowly, maximizing its effectiveness. The potent drops also contain Lingonberry seed oil, which helps to brighten and smooth dull derma.

Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder, $36
This is a great option because you can add it to the lotions that you already love. Sprinkle a bit of Philosophy’s c-enriched powder into your favorite moisturizer or serum for an extra shot of the vitamin’s free-radical-fighting powder.