There's no shortage of vitamin C serums out there, but this new vitamin C–packed oil is a game-changer.

By Kathleen Felton/SHAPE.COM
Updated Mar 11, 2019 @ 1:16 pm
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If you can't get enough vitamin C in your skin-care routine, you're going to love Sunday Riley's newest product that's chock-full of the star ingredient.

In general, I'm not a big fan of face oils. I have combination skin and often find that oil-based formulas make my T-zone way too greasy. So, while I was excited to try the new Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil (Buy It, $80, dermstore.com) I was also skeptical about how my skin might react to it.

It turns out that I didn't need to worry. Although I had previously been using a vitamin C serum, I noticed some major improvements when I substituted this oil into my routine. For one thing, my dried-out winter skin has just felt softer and more nourished. Depending on how my skin feels each morning, I alternate between massaging the rich oil directly on my face after cleansing (if I think it needs a little extra TLC) or mixing a few drops into my regular moisturizer for a boost. The scent is nice and subtle—not overly citrusy like some vitamin C products. I also love that it absorbs instantly and never makes my skin feel overly oily or tacky. Under makeup, it delivers the most amazing instant highlighter glow, as if I just took a hot yoga class and then chugged three glasses of water. 

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Best of all, though, have been the gradual skin-brightening benefits from the extremely stable form of vitamin C called THD ascorbate. After a few weeks of consistent use, the oil cleared up some stubborn hyperpigmentation and acne scars that I've been trying to lighten for months. It even helped repair sun damage from a recent vacation where I wasn't as diligent with the SPF as I should have been.

I also noticed fewer breakouts, which could be thanks to some of the formula's other ingredients, particularly golden turmeric (it contains curcumin, a powerful antioxidant that may help prevent acne) and evening primrose, another known pimple-fighter. 

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Sunday Riley fans might notice that many of these ingredients are similar to the ones in the brand's popular C.E.O. Vitamin C Brightening Serum. The main difference, in my experience, is that the oil feels a little more moisturizing and might be better suited to someone with sensitive skin. And because it's so hydrating, it's great for cold weather, since it will help nix dry patches while simultaneously delivering vitamin C's brightening powers.

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil is sold in two sizes, $40 for a .5 oz. bottle and $80 for a 1.18 oz. bottle, and is available on dermstore.com, sephora.com, and nordstrom.com.