When it comes to topical vitamin c, or anti aging products in general, Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Serum is as good as it gets. Many brands have tried to duplicate the serum but it has been proven futile; Skinceuticals CE Ferulic remains the most researched, and arguably the most effective on the market today. Other vitamin c serums offer similar results and may be worth considering especially given that they are available at a fraction of the cost. Still, Skinceuticals CE Ferulic is imitated so often for a reason.
Okay, But What Makes Skinceutical CE Ferulic So Special?
In short, the formula. The problem is that vitamin c and specifically l-ascorbic acid (the form found in Skinceuticals CE Ferulic) is extremely unstable making it tricky to create an effective formula. There are many products on the market that list great ingredients but if the formula isn’t good the products won’t do much. For a topical vitamin c product to be effective it must be in a stable formula with an appropriate pH, absolutely no higher than 3.5. Skinceuticals has managed to stabilize their formula so that it is effectively prevents and/or treats skin damage. The company has even patented the serum’s composition so that companies trying to mimic the Skinceuticals CE Ferulic can never create an exact duplication of the formula. Smart!
The pH scale is from 1-7, 1 being the most acidic and 7 being the most alkaline. Our skin has a pH of 5.5, slightly on the acidic side and consists of mix of oils, lactic acids, and amino acids for protection. CE Ferulic has a pH of 3 which is unlikey to irritate skin. This lower pH is necessary so that the product’s ingredients remain stable in the bottle and are effective on our skin.
The title ingredients are not the only ones that make the serum work as well as it does. Phenoxyethanol stabilizes the active ingredients and functions as a preservative. Another is triethanolamine which balances the pH. So-called CE Ferulic duplicates such as Timeless Vitamin C Serum are missing these ingredients.
The Benefits Of SkinceuticalsCE Ferulic Serum
- Provides advanced environmental protection against UVA, UVB and infrared radiation A
- Stimulates collagen synthesis to improve signs of aging
- Increases firmness and replenishes lipids to reduce wrinkles
- This stabilized formula, once absorbed, cannot be washed or rubbed off and remains effective for a minimum of 72 hours.
- The addition of ferulic acid to 15% pure L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and 1% alpha tocopherol (vitamin E) increases environmental protection.
- Fragrance Free
- Can lighten acne marks
Ethoxydiglycol- alcohol solvent and carrier
L Ascorbic Acid- Form of vitamin c, water soluble antioxidant
Propylene Glycol- Alcohol that acts as a humectant; solvent for preservatives; helps ingredients penetrate skin
Laureth 23- Thickener, Emulsifier
Alpha Tocopherol- Vitamin E
Phenoxyethanol- Cosmetic preservative
Ferulic Acid- Plant-based antioxidant
Panthenol- Alcohol form of vitamin b used as humectant
Sodium Hyaluronate- Salt form of hyaluronic acid