Are They Dupes?: Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Vs Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum

by Gio

skinceuticals ce ferulic and paulas choice resist antioxidant concentrate serum

“Gio, do you know a dupe for Skinceuticals CE Ferulic that doesn’t go bad within a month?”

I hear ya. Who wants to waste $160.00+ on a serum that turns brown before you’re even halfway through it?

But… you’re gonna have the same problem with any true dupes of Skinceuticals CE Ferulic. When I shared my personal fave dupe with you (in case you were wondering, that’s Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster), a few of you complained it goes bad way too soon, too.

That’s pure Vitamin C for you. Blink and it goes bad.

There’s another way. You can use a Vitamin C derivative.

Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum uses Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate and Magnesium Ascorbic Phosphate, two stable forms of Vitamin C. It’s not an exact dupe for Skinceuticals CE Ferulic but it’s close enough.

Should you make the switch?


Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antiaging powerhouse. Studies found that it:

  • Fights the free radicals that cause premature wrinkles
  • Brightens the complexion
  • Fades dark spots
  • Boosts collagen, the protein that keeps skin firm and elastic

The catch? Most of these studies are done on 15% L-Ascorbic Acid, the pure form of Vitamin C. And the one Skinceuticals CE Ferulic happens to use.

Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate uses Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate and Magnesium Ascorbic Phosphate, two stable form of Vitamin C.

TA deserves a special mention because it penetrates skin deeper than L-Ascorbic Acid too. But neither form is as effective at fighting free radicals and boosting collagen.

So, why should you go for the Paula’s Choice serum over Skinceuticals CE Ferulic?

Here’s the deal: if you want the most effective form of Vitamin C, you shouldn’t. You should put up with Skinceuticals CE Ferulic or one of its pure dupes, like Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster.

But if you have sensitive skin that can’t tolerate a high concentration of pure Vitamin C or are simply sick and tired of wasting money on a serum you’ll never finish, Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate is the next best thing.

Related: Types Of Vitamin C Used In Skincare

Vitamin E And Ferulic Acid

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic and Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate use different forms of Vitamin C but they both let it play with its BFFs, Vitamin E and ferulic acid.

Vitamin E and ferulic acid are powerful antioxidants in their own right (especially ferulic acid: it fights THREE types of free radicals!). But when used with Vitamin C, they become unstoppable:

  1. They boost one another’s effectiveness (they don’t become ineffective as quickly as they would on their own)
  2. They enhance your sunscreen’s protection, helping you fight sun damage and premature wrinkles

Whatever Vitamin C serum you go for, make sure these two are in it, too.

Related: Why You Should Add Ferulic Acid To Your Skincare Routine

What About The Rest Of The Formulas?

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic keeps it basic: Vitamins C + E + ferulic acid with a sprinkle of
hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate skin
(it works by attracting moisture from the air into the skin).

Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate has no hyaluronic acid. Instead, it’s loaded to the brim with antioxidants.

Green tea. Ubiquinone. Superoxide dismutase. You mention it, it’s there. All together they patrol the body looking for free radicals to destroy before they can give you wrinkle and dark spots.

What does this means? Well, while Skinceuticals CE Ferulic has enough L-Ascorbic Acid to boost collagen and reverse some photo damage, Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate is all about preventing new wrinkles from forming in the first place.

Related: Common Antioxidants Used In Skincare Products


Skinceuticals CE Ferulic:  $165.00 at Dermstore

Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum: $38.00 at Paula’s Choice

Is Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum A Dupe For Skinceuticals CE Ferulic?

Nope. Paula’s Choice Resist Antioxidant Concentrate Serum contains less effective forms of Vitamin C. While Skinceuticals treats photo damage, Paula’s Choice can only prevent it.

But if you’re looking for a gentler CEF alternative for your sensitive skin or you’re tired of wasting your hard-earned cash on a serum you can’t finish, Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum may be worth the trade-off.


More Dupes For Skinceuticals CE Ferulic:

Have you tried Skinceuticals CE Ferulic and Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum? Let me know what you think about them in the comments below!

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Ingredients: Water, Ethoxydiglycol, Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Laureth-23, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Triethanolamine, Ferulic Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate

Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone (hydrations/suspending agents), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin c/antioxidant), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 (skin-restoring ingredient), Ceramide NP, Tocotrienols, Tocopherol (vitamin e/antioxidant), Ubiquinone (coenzyme q10/antioxidant), Thioctic Acid (alpha lipoic acid/antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin e/antioxidant), Magnesium Ascorbyl, Phosphate ( vitamin c/antioxidant), Ferulic Acid (antioxidant), Beta-Glucan (skin-soothing), Superoxide Dismutase (antioxidant), Epigallocatechin Gallate (antioxidant), Ergothioneine (antioxidant), Glutathione (antioxidant), Xanthophylls (antioxidant), Glycine Soja Seed Extract (soybean extract/antioxidant), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract (bearberry extract/skin-soothing), Lupinus Albus Seed Extract (white lupin extract/antioxidant), Curcuma Longa Root Extract (turmeric extract/antioxidant), Elaeis Guineensis Oil (palm oil/emollient), Phenoxyethanol (preservative)



Andrew James (Beauty and The Boy) February 1, 2018 - 4:19 pm

I really want to try more of the paulas choice line it sounds like a pretty good range

Andrew James –

Gio February 2, 2018 - 4:45 pm

Andrew, it is! I highly recommend it. 🙂

Selene February 9, 2018 - 10:04 pm

I have been using drunk elephant’s vitamin C serum because it’s cheaper, but I think I will switch back to skinceutical’s CEF. Main reason is I can’t tell if the vitamin c serum has gone back since drunk elephant’s version is slight yellow. Another thing is I don’t feel and see any effects esp. on my freckles (aged from when I was little) and acne scars. The biggest thing is that I’m a freaky chemist, I do believe skinceutical’s research on keeping the product at the best pH ~3.2, and drunk elephant’s version just too much at the edge at pH3.5. Suck is suck. But if I have to spend that much money for the best product, I will. The only complaint I have about skinceutical is that they love the dropper bottle way too much. I think there is a better way for them to keep the product away from O2.

Gio February 10, 2018 - 5:36 pm

Selene, thanks for sharing your experience. Skinceuticals is so expensive but I feel this serum is one of the few that’s really worth the money. They’ve really done their research and you can see the serum working. Too bad Drunk Elephant isn’t working for you. The higher ph could cause some problems indeed.

Cindy July 8, 2018 - 3:52 pm

So I use both – Timeless 20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum and Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Serum – in my morning skin care routine. Am I overdoing it?

Gio July 21, 2018 - 9:45 pm

Cindy, no. If your skin isn’t complaining, you’re not overdoing it.

Sasha March 11, 2019 - 6:10 pm

Hi Gio:
You’re blog has given me imensense insight about how to tweak my routine (pretty basic cleansing and moisturizing right now) to achieve my goals (even skin tone and aging prevention and moisture – I’m 40). And I’m getting the Paula’s Choice C15 Booster.

***My question is, am I applying in the right order or with too much other stuff? I’d hate to waste anything or make a detrimental error unknowingly.***

This is my working order after cleansing (with an oil):

c15 booster (paula’s choice)
NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex
Retinol / AHA (I alternate between the two each night)
Rosehip oil
Moisturizer (either one by Weleda or the PC Hydrating Treatment Mask used like a moisturizer)

c15 booster (paula’s choice)
NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex
Rosehip oil
Tinted mineral SPF

Gio March 15, 2019 - 3:49 pm

Sasha, retinol/AHA always go on clear skin and you don’t need vitamin C in the morning. If you need more help in creating the perfect skincare routine, you can book a consultation. Here’s the link:

joyce August 9, 2019 - 3:31 pm

Have you tried NIOD’s Ethylated L-Ascorbic Acid 30% Network? It doesn’t have the same ingredients, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

Gio September 15, 2019 - 7:20 pm

Joyce, I’m afraid I haven’t tried it yet. But this derivative isn’t as studied as L-Ascorbic Acid or Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, so it wouldn’t be my first choice for a Vitamin C serum.

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