(28 customer reviews)

10% Vitamin C + Nordic Antioxidants Brightening Serum

This ultra nourishing serum is powered by 10% stabilized Vitamin C and our Nordic Antioxidant Complex™. Visibly brightens, firms and reduces the appearance of dark spots, uneven skin tone and wrinkles with a nutrient-packed formula that’s both gentle and moisturizing. Each bottle is approx. 3 months of skin brightening goodness.

Reduces the look of dark spots + uneven tone

Promotes the look of firm, collagen-rich skin

Visibly brightens + promotes healthy-looking glow


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Sourced From Nature

Natural & Organic

Vegan & Cruelty-Free

Vegan &

Made Fresh in Small Batches

Made Fresh In
Small Batches

Skin First Formulas

Powered By
Science & Nature

No Artificial Fragrance, Color or Fillers

No Artificial Fragrance,
Color Or Fillers

Recyclable Glass Packaging

Recyclable Glass

Sourced From Nature

Natural & Organic

Vegan & Cruelty-Free

Vegan &

Made Fresh in Small Batches

Made Fresh In
Small Batches

Skin First Formulas

Powered By
Science & Nature

No Artificial Fragrance, Color or Fillers

No Artificial Fragrance,
Color Or Fillers

Recyclable Glass Packaging

Recyclable Glass

What Is It

Arctic-C is an advanced Vitamin C serum that unites the best of science and nature to promote healthy-looking skin. Unlike traditional Vitamin C formulas, we use a stabilized form of Vitamin C that effectively targets the appearance of dark spots, while improving the look of uneven skin tone and wrinkles. Our proprietary Nordic Antioxidant Complex™ unites four of nature’s most potent botanical actives to form a comprehensive antioxidant system that protects, corrects, calms and nourishes, amplifying the benefits of Vitamin C. Our silky, lightweight formula is water-free for optimal freshness and improved absorption of nutrients — ensuring your Vitamin C stays active longer, delivering maximum benefits with minimal effort.

Why It’s Different

A 100% active and biocompatible, light-weight formula that combines science-backed botanical extracts with clinically proven vitamins.

Formulated Without

Fragrance, Essential Oils, Silicones, Artificial/Natural Colorants, Fillers, Emulsifiers, Thickeners, Synthetic Preservatives.


1 fl oz / 30 ml / 3 Month Supply (Approx.)


Lightweight dry oil that absorbs quickly.

Key Ingredients

10% Stabilized Vitamin C (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate), Vitamin E, Bisabolol, Nordic Antioxidant Complex™

Skin Concerns

Dark Spots, Hyperpigmentation, Sun Damage, Uneven Skin Tone, Dullness, Wrinkles

Skin Types

Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive.

When To Use

AM or PM

How It Works

Nordic Antioxidant Complex Skin Benefits


Powered by Arctic Black Currant, Sea Buckthorn, Oat and Icelandic Astaxanthin, our proprietary Nordic Antioxidant Complex™ drapes skin in a potent cocktail of skin transformative antioxidants, nutrients and phytocompounds.

Stabilized Vitamin C Skin Benefits


Vitamin C, E, and Bisabolol minimize the appearance of wrinkles, uneven skin tone and dark spots with consistent use.

Biocompatible Delivery System


A nutrient-rich blend of organic Jojoba, Plum, Raspberry and Squalane moisturize skin and serve as a biocompatible delivery system for antioxidants and Omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids.

How To Use

Use morning and evening. Apply 1 pump to freshly cleansed skin, after water-based products and before creams and balms. Formula fully absorbs after a few minutes, revealing skin that’s silky soft to the touch. Provides all day moisture, eliminating the need for an additional moisturizer.


Apply to damp skin, preferably after applying our hydrating toner. Use any excess serum on neck and chest.

Not All Vitamin C Serums Are Created Equal

Stabilized Vitamin C stays active longer to deliver actual results, unlike traditional forms — ie. L-Ascorbic Acid — which degrade quickly and become ineffective

Vitamin C dramatically reduces the appearance of dark spots and improves the look of uneven skin tone

Icelandic Astaxanthin has 6000x the antioxidant power of Vitamin C, for superior protection against damaging free-radicals

Arctic Black Currant, rich in Omega-6 gamma-linolenic acid, softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Raising The Bar

We believe your skin deserves only the very best, so we ditched the cheap fillers, fragrance, colorants and marketing gimmicks.

Arctic-C Vitamin C Serum

Arctic-C Is Raising The Bar

*Bottled in violet glass with pump for maximum protection against light degradation and oxidation.

Traditional Vitamin C Serums

Arctic-C Is Raising The Bar On Our Competitors

*Commonly housed in
clear and/or plastic bottles.

Our Mission:
Your Best Skin

We’re on a mission to care for your skin with the very best from science and nature. This may sound like something you’ve heard before, but in an industry known for empty promises and greenwashing, we’re here to do better.

Iceland Inspired

Inspired by our founder’s birthplace, our proprietary antioxidant complex, featured in Arctic-C, is sourced from the Nordic countries of Iceland and Finland; uniting four of nature’s most potent actives to form a comprehensive antioxidant system that protects, corrects, nourishes and calms your precious skin.

Nordic Antioxidant Complex for skin

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use Arctic-C with Botanic-A?

Yes, both treatments can be used at the same time, either mixed or applied one after the other.

Can I use Arctic-C around the eyes?

Yes, however, we recommend our targeted eye treatment Bright which combines Bakuchiol, Vitamin C and powerful plant extracts to address the most common skin concerns around the delicate eye area.

Will Arctic-C make my skin sensitive to the sun?

No, none of the ingredients in our formula are photosensitizing.

Have more questions? Contact us here.

Ingredients + Routine


Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Squalane (plant-derived)**, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Prunus Domestica (Plum) Seed Oil*, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil*, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil*, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil*, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Seed Oil*, Astaxanthin**, Bisabolol**, Tocopherol (Vitamin E derived from non-GMO sunflower seeds)**.

**Naturally Derived

How To Use

Use morning and evening. Apply 1 pump to freshly cleansed skin, after water-based products and before creams and balms. Formula fully absorbs after a few minutes, revealing skin that’s silky soft to the touch. Provides all day moisture, eliminating the need for an additional moisturizer.


Apply to damp skin, preferably after applying our hydrating toner. Use any excess serum on neck and chest.


We pride ourselves on sourcing superior quality ingredients. Our fresh, skin-compatible botanical oils provide the purest form of moisture, eliminating the need for synthetic creams and lotions. Our oils are not refined or manipulated to remove scent or color. Instead, we choose to work with botanical oils in their purest form as that yields greater nutrient and antioxidant content — resulting in more benefits for your skin.


Free from added fragrance, perfume and essential oils. Arctic-C has a naturally occurring, light aroma with a hint of sweet, complex fruitiness, thanks to our super fresh botanical extracts.

Optimal Freshness Recommendation

We encourage you to use your product within 6 months of opening for optimal freshness and potency. However, when stored under best conditions (away from light, heat and moisture) our products can be safely used for up to a year after opening.

Product Update Disclaimer

For the most up-to-date product information please refer to our website.

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28 reviews for Arctic-C

  1. Sandy S.

    This serum is truly a hidden gem! I was looking for a clean, fragrance-free vitamin C serum that used thda as their vitamin C and something that would work for me during my pregnancy as my skin became very sensitive and dry. After a few months of using I’m so impressed with how good my skin looks! I also love that it doubles as my AM moisturizer, so its really a two in one product which makes it worth the price.

  2. Mary

    After purchasing this serum, I’ve received so many compliments on my skin. I love using this serum so much that I actually look forward to applying, it makes my skin feel so incredibly soft and healthy.

  3. Pauline

    This stuff works!!! I’ve used this for the past three months and I can see a major difference! This is the best my skin has ever looked! And that’s saying a lot as I recently had my first child and all of my sun damage over the years seemed to appear overnight.

  4. Valerie Mettler

    I love how ARCTIC-C works well with my sensitive skin! Thank you Root Science keeping your products clean, simple, and safe!

  5. David S

    Incredible stuff. I’m very picky when it comes to products I put on or in my body. Arctic-C by Root Science has a relatively short list of organic ingredients (and a great score on EWG’s Skin Deep database), an effective form of Vitamin C, a great consistency, and a really nice, subtle, natural scent. I’ve heard, “You smell so good” multiple times from people I’ve been close with. I think it helps protect, nourish, and moisturize my skin, and it’s basically the only thing I use except for sunscreen when needed. There’s really nothing I dislike about Arctic-C except that it’s expensive. Highly recommended.


    I am 68 and have very sensitive estrogen starved skin. I was always sensitive, but menopause only made it worse. The arctic-C formula has improved the quality of my facial skin and has also improved the skin on an area of my forearm that suffered a third degree burn. That skin is now thicker and less sensitive to every time I gently bump into something.

    In addition, this product has a very good rating by the Environmental Working Group, so I know that it is clean and safe to use on my skin. It is very moisturizing and has a mildly natural earthy scent.

  7. Kat

    Literally the holy grail of vitamin C serums! I’m on my third bottle and I wish I could post my before and afters here, they are incredible! Thank you thank you!

  8. Laurel A.

    I spend a lot of time outdoors, skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer, and this works really well for my dry, sensitive skin. I have quite a bit of sun damage from all the time spent outdoors and this is really helping to fade some of the uneven pigmentation.

  9. Freya

    This serum is my absolute favorite vitamin C product I’ve come across! This has simplified my routine, giving me vitamin C and moisturized skin all in one product! Absolutely will be recommending to all my girlfriends!

  10. Margot R.

    This is a luxurious serum that’s working wonders for my skin for the past year. I’m freckled with quite a few sun spots and this is one of the key products in my routine that’s helped to even my skin tone.

  11. Carly F.

    I absolutely love this product, it goes on so smooth and hydrates really nicely. This serum has changed my skin for the better. Prior to using this, my skin was so dry and dull but not anymore. I cannot recommend this product enough.

  12. Martha

    Absolutely love all of your products. As a 60+ year old woman I am very conscious of what I put on my skin and can see the difference a high quality skin care product can make very quickly.

  13. Amy

    My skin looks amazing and it’s only been a week! Love every product I’ve tried so far!

  14. Lynn R.

    I can finally say that I’ve found my holy grail vitamin C serum!!!! I’m a little embarrassed to say that I’ve tried way too many products to count and after much trial and error, I landed on your product after researching the different types of vitamin c. I now understand why my skin was reacting badly to so many formulas, it just doesn’t agree with l-ascorbic acid. This serum however leaves me with the softest, glowiest skin of my life and is noticeably evening my skin tone (i struggle with hyperpigmentation). I typically dont spent this much on a skin care product but a little goes a very loooong way!

  15. Brenda

    My skin is on the extra sensitive side so finding products that didnt make me breakout or react has been a challenge. However, my skin absolutely loves this serum!

  16. Abigail S.

    This product was recommended to me by my esthetician and I’m so glad I got it. I was dealing with skin issues like redness, sun spots, breakouts and dryness and this has not only made major improvements on all of those fronts but also leaves my skin feeling extra hydrated and soft. I love that it’s super light but also moisturizing, which helps during these cold and dry winters! A little goes a long way so it’s worth every penny! I will definitely be repurchasing.

  17. Kathy R.

    I love that this serum feels like silk on the skin and has a very faint but fresh scent. While many of this vitamin c serums I’ve used left my skin feeling dry and irritated, this one does not. It moisturizes my very dry skin and is slowly but surely lightening some sun spots. I layer this under Restore and my skin absolutely loves the combination, plus the scent is very soothing before bed.

  18. Marina

    I got a sample of this in a recent order and just purchased the full size. I’ve been having so many skin issues as of late and haven’t been able to wear any makeup nothing but natural oils. My skin has definitely improved on the other natural face oil I was using but just one day of using this vitamin c formula and my skin is already showing massive improvements, a lot more then the other brands. I’ve been using my sample for a few days now and can definitely see a difference.

  19. Amanda E.

    Favorite vitamin c of all time! I use this every night before I go to bed and wake up with the best skin ever! It’s helping to fade some stubborn sun spots and I’ve noticed my monthly breakouts are less intense than prior to using this. Overall an amazing serum I don’t see myself living without!

  20. April H.

    A fantastic serum that I highly recommend for anyone with dry, aging skin. I especially appreciate that this one product eliminates the moisturizing step in my routine. A great value for a treatment that actually works. Will definitely be repurchasing.

  21. Rylee M.

    This is hands down my favorite vitamin C product. I’ve gone through a number of brands, ranging from $20 drug store to $100+ esthetician recommended products and none have had such a positive effect as this serum. It been a few months now, and since I took a before picture as recommended by the lovely customer service folks at Root Science, I can see major improvements in my skin tone and I have had no redness or irritation.

  22. Patti

    Another amazing product from Root Science! I use the Botanic-A on a nightly basis and when the Arctic-C came out I knew I had to try it (especially because the before and after results were incredible!). So far so good with the Arctic-C…it’s the same luxe consistency as the other Botanic-A and feels great going on. I have some hyperpigmentation from pregnancy and I think that this product is really helping to lighten the dark spots. I recommend this and ALL Root Science products…haven’t been disappointed in any of them!

  23. Taylor

    I absolutely love this serum! I just had a baby and have a 3 year old running around so the lack of sleep and self-care has taken a toll on my skin. However, this serum is giving life back to my skin, literally! My skin is soft as a baby’s bottom and the fine lines that were creeping in have disappeared. Plus, I’m starting to see that its fading stubborn old sun spots from my tanning booth days. I will definitely be repurchasing!

  24. Elaine W.

    I got this a little more than a month ago after looking everywhere for a good vitamin c serum. I always have high hopes with skincare products but 9/10 I am disappointed. However let me just say that is NOT the case here!! This serum has met all my expectations and definitely exceeded them. I’m really pale and my skin can have a lot of redness so my number one goal was redness reduction and since using this my skin looks so bright and even. Now I look in the mirror and see NO redness plus my skin has a beautiful glow. The Arctic-C serum feels so nourishing on the skin it’s like a little super product that has even helped fade my old acne scars. The only thing I changed in my skincare routine was this so I could really test it out. It’s a miracle product for me and I’d even consider it a holy grail that I will never let run out!

  25. Suzanne M.

    This treatment has changed the way I view my skincare routine! I look forward to applying this to my face in the morning and find that it instantly gives me an awake and refreshed look. I’ve been using this during my pregnancy and believe it’s helped reduce a lot of my first trimester hormonal acne, as well as reduce the effects and appearance of hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration. It’s given me that “glow” that I was so desperate to get back! Another bonus is that one bottle lasted me about 4 months supply, since I used it sparingly because a little product goes a long way! It also love the way this smells and makes me feel like I’m drenching my skin with vitamins. Huge fan over here – just purchased my 2nd bottle and this will be staple in my routine!

  26. Kellye L.

    I’m a fan of all Root Science products, but Arctic-C is by far my favorite. It makes my skin feel so soft and smooth, and has been evening out my skin tone. Has me glowing all day!

  27. Jessica M.

    I have been a Root Science addict since the early days but I have to say, I LOVE this product and am so happy of its existence. It’s a beautiful rich orange color that actually smells good. It’s not thick or runny – very true to a lightweight feeling and my skin drinks it up. I am in my mid 30’s (34!) and I have been trying my hardest to help heal my skin from the years of tanning beds and no sunscreen. I have uneven skin tone and random dark sun spots that seem to get worse over the years. I started using this product about 3 times a week added to my nighttime routine and about four weeks in, I noticed a smoother skin tone and a lot of my dark spots have started to lighten!

    Thank you to Root Science for such magic!!!

  28. Jennifer P.

    For years I have searched high and low for a vitamin c serum that is clean, natural and without fragrance. My skin has sun damage from too many unprotected tanning sessions during my younger years and my dermatologist recommended vitamin c as I’m not willing to do risky peels and lasers. She had me try lightening creams which left me with more skin issues and I had to stop. I’ve been using your Bare serum for years now and my sensitive skin loves it. Root Science, you did it again! I’m so happy you made a vitamin C treatment that not only helps to even out my skin tone but makes my skin feel super soft and healthy, bravo!