SkinCeuticals is a skin care company founded in 1994 by Alden Pinnell and Russell Moon. They have since "pioneered the advent of cosmeceuticals- products defined as on the cutting-edge between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals." * In 2005 the company was purchased by L'Oreal. Their products are sold online and in 25 countries worldwide. *Source: Company website

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Moisturizers -SkinCeuticals -Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2

on 11/10/2018 7:47:00 PM


When it first came out in 2016 I got a handful of samples, tried it for a few days and thought it was ok. Moisturized skin really well (on its own, with no other moisturizers like essences or serums underneath) and wasn't too greasy, the former is easy to find as any decent moisturizer will do +/- same for roughly 1/10th of the price, the latter is a bit more rare to find for someone like me (with oily-ish skin), but nothing that would wow me. The essential oils in there are probably the only ingredients that I would side-eye when it comes to my skin, but they didn't do anything immediately bad during that testing, no irritations whatsoever. No clogged pores or breakouts on my acne and clog prone skin either.
Fast forward almost 2 years later, I got back into using tretinoin after many months off it, and skin obviously went into the adjustment period with all the usual peeling, redness and sensitivity, which is annoying that after 10 years on it skin still can get upset like that, and I read some very preliminary research that using certain lipids/fats like ceramides could help skin ease into consistent retinoid habit (most of the other ingredient like beta-sitosterol (another lipid) and the like that are recommended to counter retinoid side-effects don't do much for me) and since I still get Triple Lipid Restore samples from time time, instead of giving them away, I thought it wouldn't hurt to try something that has high % of the lipids (most products that include ceramides have awfully low amounts, not even near 0.5%, they are just for window dressing in so many product). The difference it made for my skin is amazing! Within days I could use standard dose 0.05% tretinoin every night without any sensitivity or redness. Unbuffered, with no wait times. Some slight scaling bits in some places, but all very minor. Discontinued TLP just to prove myself wrong (maybe skin conveniently adjusted on its own?) and skin got all raw again within days. Reintroduced TLR and it worked its magic again. It usually takes my skin a couple months to get used to tretinoin again and then it's not nightly application, maybe 3x a week, if I'm lucky. TLR cut it down to not even a full week. Astonishing difference! I read afterwards on their website that Skinceuticals actually looked into using TLR while on a retinoid and they also found it shortens the adjustment period.
My theory is that it doesn't do anything special to "normal" skin, it's a decent moisturizer, but for the specific purpose of using tretinoin it turned out to be a game changer for me. Can't comment on what it does for other kinds of skin damage (impaired barrier, dehydration), but TLR also performed well after a mild AHA/BHA peel (The Ordinary 30/2% Peeling Solution), but not much better or worse when it comes to moisturization and recovery than what I typically use after a peel (La Roche Posay Cicaplast gel), but TLR sinks in better and ends up being less greasy than LRP Cicaplast gel. There are a couple products that I subsequently discovered also work well to lessen the tretinoin side-effects, Zerafite cream and Paula's Choice Omega+ complex, and they both of course also include ceramides/cholesterol/fatty acids in higher-than-average quantities, so there's definitely something very intriguing about those specific lipids, but I rate PC Omega+ product much higher than Zerafite one for the specific purpose of using them alongside a retinoid. Neither is a direct dupe or as powerful as Skinceuticals' cream, but they are an alternative for someone looking into maybe starting a retinoid.
I'm still a ceramide-skeptic as they have been around for almost 30 years and I've used so many ceramide-laced products (Elizabeth Arden, Vichy Nutrilogie, CeraVe, Eucerin creams etc.) and they didn't live up to any of the lofty claims, and recent research shows that just putting ceramides on skin can even impact skin's barrier in negative way, but ceramides have positive effect on skin when there's a mix of ceramides, cholesterol and free fatty acids, and I can definitely attest to that, but just specifically that. There's still a discussion about the ratios (Skinceuticals uses 2:4:2, obviously, brands like Ceramol use 3:1:1 ratio) and percentages of those lipids, but I can't really argue with the results I got.

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Treatments (Face) -SkinCeuticals -C E Ferulic

on 10/28/2018 7:51:00 AM


I have tried other C serums but nothing even comes close. I was in the middle of trying another brand last month when I got hit with a HUGE hormonal breakout on my chin, and the marks I was left with afterward were pretty hefty. So I decided it was time to spend the money and return to the holy grail of C serums! Within the first few days of use I saw my angry, red, swollen spots flatten, smooth, and begin fading. I'm 36 with pretty young skin for my age, so after this breakout I am done trying to bargain shop C serums.

It IS tacky though, so I would say maybe use it twice a day if you have marks or scars you really want to get rid of, then switch to just at night for maintenance. It'll save money and your makeup will go on easier.

Yes, it is expensive, but it is cheaper than a laser!

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Cleansers -SkinCeuticals -Clarifying cleanser

I have used one bottle, as it didn't help my cystic acne, I finished the bottle and started using more organic products on my face.

Treatments (Face) -SkinCeuticals -Blemish + Age Defense


For me, a blemish + age product would be perfect. In this case, it didn't help my acne.

Treatments (Face) -SkinCeuticals -Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier

on 9/19/2018 8:28:00 PM


Skinceuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier is formulated with a high concentration of Hyaluronic Acid (the stuff used in dermal fillers). It has botanical extracts of purple rice and licorice root and the manufacturer claims it’s been clinically proven to restore plumpness, elasticity and firmness to the skin, helping to support the skin’s natural Hyaluronic Acid levels. It should also improve nasolabial folds, marionette lines and crows feet.

The product come in the usual serum type bottle with the pipette dropper so drops of the product can be applied directly to the face. The consistency is thicker than the usual watery serums and it’s darker in colour and has a naturally sweet smell and taste, (I accidentally licked some of the product on my lips)

I used it until it ran out, over a number of months and applied it over my Vitamin C Ferulic Serum, I do think it helped make my nasolabial folds less obvious and felt nice on the skin, absorbing well. I haven’t repurchased a new bottle as I decided to try another brand of Hyaluronic Acid, but think I will go back to this as I feel it worked quite well. It’s quite expensive at over £80 a bottle but due to its thicker consistency, lasts quite long.

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