Vitamin C is quite the crowd pleaser when it comes to skin care.

You can probably remember running around your house singing, "Hi-C, Hi-C, when it's up to me!" The catchy theme song, often played on commercial breaks between Saturday morning cartoons, could get stuck in your head for hours. And while we just wanted more of the sweet stuff, we were unwittingly loading up on vitamin C cleverly disguised in a sugar-packed juice drink.

Now that we're all grown up, we still need that daily dose of C. Also known as L-ascorbic acid, this natural antioxidant is quite the crowd pleaser when it comes to skin care. It's been proven to repair sun damage, even out skin tone and boost collagen growth for smoother, firmer skin.

Many of us have just gone through the seasonal ritual of baking our skin to a crisp in the harsh sun. So as summer draws to a close, there's no better time to incorporate this powerful vitamin into your skin-care routine. Consider these top picks from the market:


Cellex-C High Potency Serum

Available at Papillon Spa, $100

They're not kidding when they say "High Potency." With a whopping 12 percent L-ascorbic acid, this serum is one of the richest vitamin C products on the market. You can honestly expect to see dramatic results in skin tone and texture in eight to 10 weeks.


Philosophy Microdelivery Peel

Available at Sephora, $65

This at-home peel isn't called the "three-minute makeover" for nothing. Unlike most peels, which focus strictly on exfoliation, this two-part combo goes a step further and infuses the skin with vitamin C and peptides during the process.


Dermalogica Extreme C

Available at Beauty First, $60

Hitting shelves in early September, this spot treatment is the newest vitamin C product on the market. The unique powder blend emulsifies upon application and literally feels as light as air.


Avalon Organics Refreshing Cleansing Gel

Available at Whole Foods, $11

This citrusy face wash delivers an invigorating blend of vitamin C, aloe and white tea. More than just an aromatic treat, the cleanser also removes impurities and soothes sun-kissed skin.