skinceuticals phloretin cf vs ce ferulic

Which Skinceuticals vitamin C serum is better: CE Ferulic or Phloretin CF?

Cos if you’re gonna spend a small fortune on a serum, you might as well get the best one right? 😉

Good news: they’re both good. It doesn’t matter which one you pick, you can’t go wrong. But I do have a fave. One of the serums does go the extra mile.

Which one? Let the Skinceuticals CE Ferulic VS Phloretin CF battle begin:

Higher Concentration Of Vitamin C?

Both Skinceuticals CE Ferulic and Phloretin CF use L-Ascorbic acid, the pure form of vitamin C.

This powerful antioxidant is a precious ally in the fight against premature ageing. It destroys free radicals, boosts collagen production, reduces dark and sun spots, and even hydrates skin! Impressive, isn’t it?

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic contains a whopping 15%. That’s one of the highest concentrations used in skincare.

Phloretin CF contains “only” 10%. That’s slightly less effective, but better tolerated by sensitive skin. It’s up to you to decide if the trade off is worth it.

WINNER: Skinceuticals CE Ferulic

Related: Can You Use A Vitamin C Serum If You Have Sensitive Skin?

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Best Antioxidant Combination?

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic was the first serum to use vitamins C and E and ferulic acid together. That’s one of the most powerful antioxidants combinations used in skincare, and one anyone seriously bent on fighting premature aging should add to their arsenal.

Vitamin C is amazing for the skin, but it has one flaw. It goes bad quickly. Vitamin E and ferulic acid (an antioxidant that can fight three types of free radicals!) help stabilize vitamin C, so it remains effective for longer. This combination also has photoprotective properties (but that doesn’t mean you can skip sunscreen!).

A 2005 study has found that incorporating ferulic acid “into a topical solution of 15%l-ascorbic acid and 1%alpha-tocopherol improved chemical stability of the vitamins (C+E) and doubled photoprotection. […] This combination of pure natural low molecular weight antioxidants provides meaningful synergistic protection against oxidative stress in skin and should be useful for protection against photoaging”.

Translation: it helps protect skin from environmental damage and prevent premature aging.

Skinceuticals Phloretin CF contains ferulic acid, but no vitamin E. It replaced it with phloretin, a flavonoid found in apples.

Phloretin has antioxidant properties as well, but can also delay the deposition of sugar deposits in the skin. Why does this matter? Sugar can harden collagen, resulting in wrinkles.

But what happens when you use it with vitamin C and ferulic acid? According to a 2008 study, the effects are very similar to those of the vitamin E, vitamin C, and ferulic acid combination:

“This study confirms the protective role of a unique mixture of antioxidants containing vitamin C, ferulic acid, and phloretin on human skin from the harmful effects of UV irradiation. Phloretin, in addition to being a potent antioxidant, may stabilize and increase the skin availability of topically applied vitamin C and ferulic acid. We propose that antioxidant mixture will complement and synergize with sunscreens in providing photoprotection for human skin.”

So, which combination is better? They’re both good, but I prefer to stick to the old vitamin C + vitamin E + ferulic acid.

Why? Vitamin E has been studied a lot more than phloretin, so we simply have more proof of its antioxidant and photoprotective abilities.

WINNER: Skinceuticals CE Ferulic

Related: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Vitamin E In Skincare

Most Hydrating?

Skinceuticals Phloretin CF lacks both glycerin and sodium hyaluronate, two humectants that draw water from the environment into the skin. They help it stay hydrated and supple all day long.

Unfortunately, Phloretin CF replaced it with denatured alcohol. Although not as irritating as once thought to be, alcohol can still dry out skin overtime, if used regularly.

So, why is alcohol used here? As a delivery system. It helps the active ingredients better penetrate the skin, so they can do their job more quickly and effectively.

It’s also very cheap. Considering how much they’re charging for this, they could’ve used a more expensive, and less damaging, penetration enhancer, don’t you think?

WINNER: Skinceuticals CE Ferulic

Related: What The Heck Are Humectants And Why Should You Use Them?

Price & Availability

Both Skinceuticals CE Ferulic and Phloretin CF are available at Dermstore. They price’s the same too: $166.00!

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic VS Phloretin CF: Which One Should You Use?

Both Skincetuticals CE ferulic and Phloretin CF contain powerful combinations of antioxidants to help skin age slowly and gracefully. But CE Ferulic wins hands down. It’s more hydrating, and has a much better, non-drying delivery system.

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Ingredients

Aqua/Water/Eau, Ethoxydiglycol, Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Laureth-23, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Triethanolamine, Ferulic Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate.

Skinceuticals Phloretin CF Ingredients

Aqua/water/eau, Dipropylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Ascorbic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Triethyl Citrate, Phloretin, Ferulic Acid.

Do you prefer Skinceuticals CE Ferulic or Phloretin CF? Share your pick in the comments below.