By now you should know the benefits of taking in your daily dose of vitamin C, whether it’s in the form of a chewable or from the OJ in your weekend mimosa… because health. But as of late, we’ve spotted the immunity-boosting nutrient in luxe beauty buys like face masks and high-end serums. The beauty industry has officially gone citrus crazy, citing the major benefits vitamin C can provide for your skin. Here’s a look at what the ingredient can do for your complexion, and some of the best C-filled products to get RN.

1. You’ll feel the protection. “Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that has a number of proven positive benefits for the skin,” says Dr. Sejal Shah, a dermatologic surgeon and RealSelf Contributor. “It works as an antioxidant to neutralize free radicals that are generated from UV radiation, pollutants, and other factors that can damage the skin.” So if you use products like the Beauty RX Triple Vitamin C Serum ($95) nightly, you’ll enjoy powerful anti-aging protection while you sleep.

2. You’ll “C” the benefits. Shah says vitamin C also “stimulates collagen synthesis and anti-inflammatory activity.” In other words, after applying the Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask ($68) you’ll enjoy a brighter complexion and a more even skin tone, and be protected from elements that can be harmful to your skin.

3. It works for any and all skin types. Shah says products like Natura Bisse C+C Vitamin C Cream ($122) are worth the splurge. That’s because almost everyone will benefit from a dose of this wonder ingredient. “It’s most commonly associated with anti-aging, skin brightening, or reducing hyperpigmentation, but it can really be used for any skin type for a range of concerns.” For example, its anti-inflammatory effects might benefit acne-prone skin, and dry skin will appreciate the moisture and hydration. We’re starting to “C” all the pluses here!

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