This Vitamin C Cream Is the Only Moisturiser I Plan on Using This Summer  

I rarely use moisturiser in the morning. It seems an odd thing to say, I know, considering that beauty experts are always saying that hydration is the most important factor in skin health. But hear me out. You see, my skin is naturally oily, so thick skincare products often leave me facing breakouts. After cleansing in the morning, I reach for a vitamin C serum and follow with a cream SPF (which tends to deliver ample hydration for my skin). In the evenings, when vitamin C and SPF aren't necessary, I use a lightweight moisturiser.

But recently, a daytime moisturiser has come my way that has forced me to totally rejig my routine. I've followed the same skincare formula for years, and I've never met a day cream that could convince me to ditch my regimen—not until Sunday Riley C.E.O. Afterglow Brightening Vitamin C Gel Cream came along, anyway.

I have previously tested Sunday Riley C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream, and I liked it. In fact, I have friends who consider it to be one of the best skincare products they've ever used. However, I would always choose a hardworking vitamin C serum over a rich face cream that risks causing a breakout. And while Sunday Riley's Rich Hydration Cream wasn't quite for me, Afterglow is a different story entirely.

For starters, the texture is light. At first glance, it seems just like any other cream moisturiser, but as soon as you start massaging it into your skin, it turns into a cooling, lightweight gel that's so refreshing it's reminiscent of splashing your face with cool water. Beyond that, it packs an impressive antioxidant punch. Formulated with THD ascorbate, an oil-stable form of vitamin C, it helps protect skin against damage caused by external aggressors such as UV rays and pollution—just like my go-to vitamin C serums do.

The thing that really convinced me to switch out my usual serums for this cream, however, is its glowing punch. It leaves skin looking luminous and radiant without delivering any sort of disco-ball shimmer. It contains a gently exfoliating lime-pearl extract to brighten skin while it hydrates and protects. Essentially, this moisturiser's ingredient list is so impressive that, as a skincare snob, I'm more than happy to forgo my usual favourites in favour of it. I just slather it on, pop my SPF on over the top and I'm good to go. I don't even feel tempted to put any makeup on. If you want my brutally honest opinion, save your money on vitamin C serums that cost three times the price and go for this glow-boosting moisturiser instead.

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The lightweight gel texture makes it ideal for those with oily or combination skin types.

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This luxurious cream delivers rich moisture that leaves skin plump and glowing all day long.

Whenever I use this face cream, I'm guaranteed to get compliments on my skin. It's a little richer than I would usually go for in the summer, but it's my go-to for winter months.

Beauty insiders consider Lumene's Nordic C range one of the most effective around for instant glow-boosting results.

This moisturiser contains some very impressive technology considering its price. With vitamin C to deliver antioxidant protection and a tri-peptide to boost skin elasticity, it's a great all-rounder.

If your skin is dry, dull and lacklustre, I can't recommend this wonderful moisturiser enough. It leaves skin looking bouncy, glowing and full of life after just one use. Use it once and you'll never look back.

Although technically a serum, this vitamin C treatment from Dr. Barbara Sturm has a creamy consistency, so I regularly use it in place of moisturiser on warmer days. Yes, it's expensive, but it's great.

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