SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
C E FerulicSkinCeuticals C E Ferulic


318 reviews

65% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.5

Price: $$$$

Package Quality: 3.5

Price: $$$$


Water, Ethoxydiglycol, 15% L-Ascorbic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Laureth-23, 1% Alpha Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, 0.5% Ferulic Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Black

This is one holy grail product for even skin tone and skin brightening. I have been using for couple of month in morning after washing and toning my face. I have really seen difference . My skin glows even without applying anything. It also helps to even out my acne scars.(p.s I did have very little scarring ).

It is a very expensive product but you need very little , few drops to be precise and one bottle usually lasts me for good 3 months.

Useful Tip
Take it in batches so that the serum can last longer without loosing it potency. Keep the bottle in refrigerator always .

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Having heard lots about this product and being a big believer in the power of topical Vitamin C and E, I treated myself to a trial size of CE ferulic via e-bay. Firstly, many brands make the mistake of packaging Vit C in transparent containers which leads to a rapid breakdown in its potency. Not this one! A good amber glass bottle which is airtight and a dropper to dispense the correct amount. As a bonus it contains Ferulic Acid - a substance found in many plants which aswell as being a great antioxidant (like Vit C and E) also helps to rebuild collagen and replenish lipids.

The instructions did state to use in the morning - which makes sense considering all the antioxidant benefits, however for my skin and existing routine; night time use worked better. For me it did feel a bit tacky going on but nothing major. By the morning I could clearly see a glow to my skin which is a good sign of potent Vit C (15% potency in this case). The combination of C and E helped fade blemishes and overall made my skin look brighter. A good SPF in the day and all was good in when it came to protecting the skin and maintaining the effects of this product.

I did notice the color of the serum change over the following weeks however this was not an indication of it oxidizing, as it is perfectly normal for Vit C when in the 'L-ascorbic acid' form. In other words no need to panic if your bottle of serum takes on a different color!

One of the better serums I have used in recent years.

Selena x

~ My HG list ~

(I've sampled 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, as I love trying out new stuff all the time - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora. Thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective)

1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: Jack Black - Intense Therapy
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Aveda' - Purifying Gel Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Face Scrub: ‘Sisley' - Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment

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on 5/7/2018 3:44:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I bought Skinceuticals CE Ferulic serum last year and it did absolute wonders for my face, neck, and decolletage. Since it is so pricey and I heard that Paula's Choice had a dupe, I tried that after I ran out of the Skinceuticals CE Ferulic serum. It is a good dupe, but not as good as the original. As soon as I ran out of the Paula's choice, I bought another bottle of the Skinceuticals one and am never looking back. I am amazed at all the compliments I get on my skin, having people think I am much younger than my almost 62 years.

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

I'm on my third week with the famed serum treatment and I'm not sure what I think about it. I'd say that it requires a low ph toner before applying, otherwise you need way too many drops to spread over face, neck and chest area. I'm currently using Thayer's rose/witch hazel toner right before to help spread CE better. I don't love having a product in my fridge next to the butter, but whatever if it keeps it fresh longer. I'd say it still leaves a residue that isn't my favorite for under makeup--I feel like I have a layer of something on that is a bit tacky, but the benefits outweigh the negatives if its doing what I think its doing.
I haven't seen a reduction in fine lines (it's only been 3 weeks!) but in combination with AHA and BHA as well as moisturizers, I've certainly seen a fading of acne spots on my very white coming-out-of-winter skin. I'm not sure which product to give credit to, but I'm sure CE had something to do with the change in my skin tone, brightness and texture. I'd like to compare to other Cs, but it seems this is the gold standard, so I may just stick to this one. I have Paula's Choice listed as my next to try, since they seem to have the same magic ratio for amping up the C power. Maybe I'll compare, but for now, I'm going to use this until I run out.

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on 3/21/2018 2:02:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I can not rave about this product enough. I have been using it every morning for about six months. I will say I have had endlessly expensive issues with finding a foundation that works with this and my super oily skin. But. Stop. Woah. You can apply this at night time. It does not wash off and lasts for 72 hours?? OK. Game changer. I went against all of the traditional uses, I applied before bed. Chose not to use any other actives, just a quick smear of Dermalogica skin smoothing moisturiser. I woke up and actually, holy shit balls. I sat in front of the mirror, just staring. Smooth. Before I applied foundation. What? Ok, so I have tried every foundation under the sun in the last 12 months, and I do mean every. Chanel to Too Faced. I have spent Thousands. Could it possibly have been the ferulic was just making my skin too greasy????? Oh my god, putting it on the night before has just opened my options up to so many foundations that I negated before due to the grease factor this caused when applied in the morning. And on top of all that my skin looks like butter, I am 38 with hormonal flare ups and stubborn pigmentation. I swear, four drops, the night before, I wanted to kiss my reflection.

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

They say Vitamin C is excellent for collagen production. This product is the real deal. I get compliments on my skin all the time. So C E I'm down!

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on 12/18/2017 10:09:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

The basics of EVERY skincare routine should be:
A - aka vitamin A or retinol
B - aka vitamin B or niacinamide, which is an antioxidant
C - aka vitamin C, which is an antioxidant

Yes moisturizers and acids are important too but 1) moisturizers are actually super simple products so no need to overthink that and 2) if you have your ABCs down to a T, you may not even need acids.

I'm a skincare addict and - nerd. I love my skincare products, but more importantly, I want to know HOW they work and WHY they work. Nowadays in 2017 there are million tons of products and information out there that make the most outrageous claims. But these 4 products above have been scientifically proven for DECADES. Lab tests and clinical trials and human trials and decades of consumer use support the claims so THESE PRODUCTS WORK. You just have to find one that works FOR YOU.

What to look for in a well formulated vitamin C:
- a stable formulation, which basically only leaves you with serums. Vitamin C in moisturizers breaks down too quickly and are hence ineffective.
- the right pH, since vitamin C works best between 2.5-3.5. HOWEVER, the lower the pH, the more chances are of irritation, which is ALWAYS bad for your skin. The notion that 'it will work , just keep up with it' is very outdated in 2017. And in this day and age, you always have alternatives.

There's a ton of information available on why vitamin c is so important for your skin, so I'll skip that here. I will say that if you are pregnant, which means you CAN'T use retinol or vitamin A, and you want to prevent and treat the issues that you use retinol for such as melasma, and improve brightening, this is where vitamin C becomes extra important. You should be using a vitamin c anyways, but when you have to skip retinol, then be extra diligent about your vitamin C.

How my morning routine looks like:
- cleansing with Lancôme Galatee
- Cosrx AHA BHA toner (to bring down my pH after cleansing)
- Skinceuticals CE Ferulic/20min wait
- The Ordinary azelaic acid/5min wait
- hydrating serum (currently Hada Labo although it doesn't do anything since hyaluronic acid ON your skin is not effective but I don't want to throw it away)
- light moisturizer (currently L'Oreal Revitalift Laser X3 since it was on sale but like I said, moisturizers should be super simple products so just buy the cheapest one that still works for your skin and save your $ for actives such as the ABC)
- spf (currently alternating between Vichy and Lancôme)/10min wait
- makeup

Last note: yes this is super expensive so I buy mine from reputed sellers on Ebay, in 5 or 6 of 5ml sample sizes. Firstly this is much cheaper (you get 25 or 30ml for half the price) and secondly, you can keep it fresh for longer. Double win!

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on 11/10/2017 1:08:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I love this. I think it's magic. But, it wasn't always that way. It took me about three tries, with a break of a few years in between, before my skin could handle it. I gave up and thought it was all hype, like many reviewers here. When my skin was more oily in my early 20s I think it broke me out (an aesthetician said it might have been the vitamin e since vitamin e is an oil) and I think there was also a period of acclimation to using Vit C - it is an acid, after all. If this is happening to you, start slowly. You might be surprised down the line. I don't get sunspots any more really, it has halted new wrinkles and sagging, it clears up acne marks and helps heal breakouts. It is probably the single most important item in my routine after sunblock and it takes care of many skin concerns for me. Please also make sure you buy from someone reputable - I did not always in the past and cannot be sure that wasn't part of the problem. (Also tended to smell much worse when I would buy off ebay or wherever - coincidence? I think not. It was probably expired.)

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on 10/13/2017 5:47:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

This product has changed my skin!

Here is my full story. I had read reviews about how great this product was, but at first, I was apprehensive to buy! It was expensive compared to other vitamin C serums. It also had the worst smell. Nevertheless I decided to buy it.

My first impression was not good, I hated the smell and it was tacky when first applied. I used it during the day. I noticed it oxidised and seemed to have given my skin an orange tint, "like I was in the sun too much". After just 2 weeks I wanted to stop using it, but I noticed improvements with the brightness of my skin. I decided to try it as part of my night skincare routine. I used it every other night, pairing it with non retinol or acid based products. This is when it started to work for me! This was about two years ago and I have been doing that ever since.

Another important note; this serum does oxidise over time. Contrary to popular belief, it is still effective even once it oxidises. It lasts up to 12 months after opening. I have stored it in a dark place and limited the exposure to air, but I don't go crazy. This seems to limit the oxidation. People can be dramatic and claim it can't be used once it starts to oxidise, but thats simply not true.

The number of changes to my skin are unbelievable. I have noticed a significant decrees in fine lines. My skin tone is more even and brighter. The blotchy spots I've had on my skin from sun exposure have faded and are not as noticeable. My skin looks firm and plump. These are just the corrective benefits, there are also a lot of preventive properties as well.

The price point is high for what it is. The smell and tackiness make it unpleasant to use in the daytime.

I would like to state that I only review a product after I have finished the entire full size. If I was not able to finish the product due to irritation, I will say so in my review.

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on 10/10/2017 6:14:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Relaxed, Fine

Eyes: Green

I have used this product for at least Ten Years.
A dermatologist I know who had amazing Skin recommended it. My new Dermatologist also highly recommends this.
When I do not use it, I can see the difference very quickly. I have absolutely no issues with either a smell or being sticky ~ my skin is exceptionally dry, but at 72 have basically no wrinkles. It has never bothered my sensitive skin in any way.
I Highly recommend it .As a cosmetic and makeup gypsy it is one of a handful of products that I always repurchase.

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