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This $20 vitamin C serum is my beauty secret for more radiant skin

After one week, my skin also felt much smoother to the touch.
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Good skin care can be hard (and often expensive) to come by. With cleansers, creams and serums sometimes costing hundreds of dollars, we can certainly understand the urge to shout from the rooftops when you find a product that offers similarly great results at a fraction of the typical cost.

Cue TruSkin’s Vitamin C Serum — the $20 serum with nearly 65,000 verified five-star ratings on Amazon. It has developed popularity among Amazon consumers for its claim to brighten skin, even skin tone and soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

TruSkin Vitamin C Facial Serum

The product is designed to target the most common signs of aging, including brightness, firmness, fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. And the serum features a ton of good-for-your-skin ingredients, like organic aloe vera, jojoba oil, vitamins C and E, along with botanical hyaluronic acid for added hydration, according to the brand. It's also made without added fragrance, parabens, phthalates and sulfates.

It is lightweight and fast-absorbing

One of the first things I noticed when I opened up the bottle and distributed the serum onto my hand via a generous dropper was just how lightweight the formula felt. Unlike other skin care products that can be thick or hard to move around, it was easy to apply all over my face without any tugging. I've heard that the neck and decollete start to show signs of aging first, so I also applied an additional droplet to those areas (and rubbed the excess into my hands — another often-overlooked but important skin care zone).

Another thing I noticed about the hydrating formula: It doesn’t feel sticky or leave behind a tacky residue. As many reviewers indicate, it’s also fast-absorbing and doesn’t contain a strong odor.

I noticed a change in my skin in less than a week

I began my review by performing a patch test to ensure I didn’t have any sensitivities to the potent ingredients. Twenty-four hours later (the time the brand recommends), I felt comfortable moving forward and proceeded to incorporate the serum into my regular skin care routine.

Immediately following my normal cleansing routine, I applied three generous drops (the brand recommends three to five) of the serum to my face and followed with a lightweight moisturizer once a day. If using in the morning or going outside, I would also suggest adding a layer of sunscreen for extra protection.

I tried Amazon's bestselling serum for a week and my skin was noticeably smoother to the touch.
I tried Amazon's bestselling serum for a week and my skin was noticeably smoother to the touch. Kristin Granero

After a few days, I noticed my skin appeared more radiant. After one week, my skin also felt much smoother to the touch. While I didn’t have any acne or many dark patches at the time (some reviewers have noted the serum’s ability to make blemishes and spots disappear), my skin appeared clearer and more even overall.

I’ll definitely continue using the serum and am looking forward to seeing more improvement as time progresses. I might even try other products from the brand’s vitamin C-packed line to up the ante!

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