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C E Ferulic® with 15% L-ascorbic acid Vitamin C serum for skin

C E Ferulic® with 15% L-ascorbic acid is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 154.
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A patented daytime vitamin C serum that delivers advanced environmental protection and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness, and brightens skin's complexion. U.S. Patent No. 7,179,841.

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Product Details

C E Ferulic features a synergistic antioxidant combination of 15% pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), 1% vitamin E (alpha tocopherol), and 0.5% ferulic acid to enhance protection against environmental damage caused by free radicals that can contribute to atmospheric aging. This vitamin C serum helps neutralize free radicals induced by UVA/UVB, infrared radiation (IRA), and ozone pollution (O3), which may lead to visible signs of accelerated skin aging. In addition to antioxidant protective benefits, C E Ferulic improves signs of aging and photodamage, the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and the loss of firmness, while brightening skin's complexion.

  • Provides advanced environmental protection by neutralizing damaging free radicals
  • Visible anti-aging benefits, such as the improvement of the appearance of lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness, and brightens skin’s complexion
  • Neutralizes free radicals on the upper layer of the skin to help prevent the impact of ozone damage to skin
  • Once absorbed, this vitamin C serum remains effective for a minimum of 72 hours
  • Paraben-free and ideal for normal, dry, and sensitive skin types
  • Tested suitable for use post-laser, always consult with a physician for individual post-procedure care

How To Use

In the morning after cleansing and toning, apply 4-5 drops to a dry face, neck, and chest before other anti-aging skincare products.

Complete your regimen with a SkinCeuticals sunscreen. When used together, SkinCeuticals antioxidants and broad spectrum sunscreens provide protection against visible aging caused by environmental aggressors.

  • Visible Results

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    The measure of an antioxidant is not only its superior environmental protection, but its visible anti-aging results.

    C E Ferulic clinical studies show a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles, improved skin firmness, and a brightened complexion.

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    Protocol: Average results shown. 16-week clinical study conducted on 50 caucasian male and female subjects ages 40-60 years old (USA, 2013). For controlled results, subjects used SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser and Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30 daily, and Emollience moisturizer as needed.

  • Science & Proof

  • Science

    SkinCeuticals research shows that specific combinations of antioxidants, when effectively formulated, provide superior results to each single antioxidant formulation alone.

    Mentioned extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals, C E Ferulic is a vitamin C serum demonstrated to provide powerful environmental protection due to a synergistic combination of 15% pure vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid), pure vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) and 0.5% ferulic acid. It is formulated under the Duke Antioxidant patent. Vitamin C is a highly-potent antioxidant that by its structure has difficultly being effectively absorbed by skin. The Duke Antioxidant patent outlines the formulation parameters required for effective delivery of vitamin C to skin: 1) pure l-ascorbic acid (vitamin C); 2) an acidic pH within the 2.0-3.5 pH range and; 3) a concentration between 10%-20%. SkinCeuticals is the only brand to formulate antioxidants according to these parameters.

Key Ingredients

  • 15% L-ascorbic acid
  • 1% alpha tocopherol
  • 0.5% ferulic acid

Lauded for its superior antioxidant benefits, this highly potent form of pure vitamin C helps neutralize free radicals and protect against oxidative stress while providing visible anti-aging benefits.

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aqua / water / eau, ethoxydiglycol, ascorbic acid, glycerin, propylene glycol, laureth-23, phenoxyethanol, tocopherol, triethanolamine, ferulic acid, panthenol, sodium hyaluronate

Physician Insight

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C E Ferulic® is the first product I use when I wake up in the morning and the most important to combat signs of aging and protect against environmental damage.

Dr. Karan Sra – Houston Skin Associates

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from making a difference the only reason I gave it 4 stars is because I dropped it once and broke the dropper top which then caused a leak leak and most of it spilled out when I traveled. Otherwise, this product is great. It was recommended during a facial at Kinara Spa in LA. I've used it ever since and while waiting for my replacement bottle after the drop/spill I noticed that my skin became dull. It gives my face a dewey, healthy complexion and I am happy that it is helping preventing damage. Great product with a noticeable difference, highly recommend. I just got it again packaged with the AGE moisturizer and sunscreen and I really like the AGE too. Great combo.
Date published: 2013-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable results from C E Ferulic. I won the door prize at a plastic surgeon's open house twenty years ago. It included a bottle of C E Ferulic. I thought "okay" I'll try this. Within three weeks, people were asking me what I was using on my skin. I have never stopped using it. I just passed my 80th birthday and people are shocked, saying that they thought I was about 65. (This is not a paid or solicited advertisement.) I will sacrifice almost all other luxuries, buy my clothes at consignment shops or at Blue Boutique (Goodwill), but I will not give up this product. I can email you a photo but cannot email you one.
Date published: 2018-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I am 35. I live in New Orleans where it is hot, humid, and I am outside quite a bit. This product has been a great new staple in my routine My skin is usually very sensitive, but this never irritated my skin in any way. It has helped brighten my skin tone and really helps my spf go on smooth. I recently went to the beach, between this product and my skinceuticals spf I did not get any sun on my face/neck. My esthetician said this was basically like wearing a blanket on my face, I definitely believe her now. Highly recommend. It is not oily on the skin. Feels light and breathable.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect product I have been using this product for over 15 years. This was recommended by my dermatologist and I never looked back.nI'm 60 with no wrinkles and no pigmentation!!! This does it all .nI Also use the B 5 gel and the Resveretrol and the Metacell .nIn winter I use the Emollience for moisture. When I applynthe Resveretrol I apply a very light layer of Retin-A then I apply the Resveretrol over it .nThis application is done only once a week because I have very sensitive skin. There is nothing better then Skinceuticals. Please don't waste your money on anything else!!!
Date published: 2015-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from worth the money! I bought this because of all the amazing reviews and I'm super skeptical about everything. I use this along with retin-A and the combination of the two has done miracles for my skin. Not that I need much I'm only 29 but I could see the beginnings of fine lines and loss of volume around my smile lines. This has seriously improved my fine lines. Not so much restored fullness but I'm trying fish collagen for that. The consistency is super lightweight if you allow it to penetratw it won't leave a sticky feeling also I spray toner before putting it on. A couple of drops go a long way. Overall worth the price.
Date published: 2016-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME PRODUCT!!! My Best Results occurred when I Combined CE Ferulic with Hydrating B-5 + A.G.E. Interrupter + Physical Fusion SPF50..I saw a great tip that a reviewer posted previously..she mentioned that she applied CE Ferulic on slightly damp skin then followed with her B-5 Gel..Many thanks to her, I tried this, and it worked wonderfully - and seemed to allow the two products to work together perfectly.. For reference, I use an airbrush makeup system with a primer - see my Esthetician every 3 weeks for derma-plane, light peel, etc..+ 2 heavy peels yearly + laser when needed! I receive compliments on my skin daily, thanks to these products, they really 'ramped up' skin tone, clarity, and overall appearance of my skin..
Date published: 2016-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't be without it! I don't even care how expensive this serum is, it is sooooo worth it! This product has changed the tone of my skin. I have not seen any age spots appear at all since I started using this (which is important for me since I cannot use any sunscreens since I'm allergic to all of them). This protects my skin from the sun and environmental stressors. My overall skin tone has improved and my fine lines are less visible. I only use this product in the morning. I will alway be a Skinceuticals fan. My skin always looks its best when I use Skinceuticals products. My skin is combination/sensitive this serum works well with my skin type. Definitely would recommend it to anyone! I'm almost 30 and people always think I'm a teenager!
Date published: 2011-08-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tighter skin I have just finished my first bottle. The substance is sticky, my face is tacky. I just cannot see putting anything more on my skin bcuz I'm not certain it would be absorbed. However I have changed my routine so that I put it on in the evening after cleansing. My face remains tacky for hours, but after sleeping, in the morning it has been absorbed by my skin (I don't see anything on my pillowcase) I do have tighter skin after use. The next day I apply my moisturizer with SPF and etc. I alternate the CEFerulic nights with my retinol regime, I couldn't use both at the same time. I will try one more bottle and then decide whether or not to continue.
Date published: 2019-02-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A very disappointed customer On October 10, 2018 I've bought Vitamin C E Feluric serum from an authorized seller. The serum is way below the expected level of quality, it had a dark orange color when I first opened the bottle (a week later). I was expecting a clear Skinceuticals serum, as I was usually used to. Because of its significantly dark color, it is obvious the serum is old, its potency isn't 100% (as it should be when first open the bottle), the vitamin C in it is less present, so the serum is less potent. It's a great, great disappointment. It's such a waste of money and it's not fair.
Date published: 2018-10-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Works fine, smells horrible and doesn't feel nice I bought this product after reading all the rave reviews. The smell is absolutely offensive -- it smells exactly like a baked ham - cloves and all (google reviews on other sites, which I didn't do, and you'll see variations from "hot dog" to "ham"). I apply coconut oil on my face afterwards to try to mask the smell, which helps, but I still get wiffs of Easter dinner for an hour or more afterwards. The serum doesn't absorb well, it's difficult to spread around, and leaves a sticky feeling. I've noticed a subtle difference (improvement) in my skin, but honestly I see more of a difference with Kiehl's midnight recovery serum, that is a fraction of the cost. Luckily I work from home so will tolerate the smell and sticky feeling until I finish the bottle, which I will certainly do because it cost so much. I won't be buying again, and will likely avoid other Skinceuticals products because of this unpleasant, costly experience.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't hesitate! One of my best friends is an esthetician and has been telling me to buy skinceuticals for years. I was skeptical because I have literally tried everything on the market; I have combination skin, am prone to breakouts, and while fighting fine lines and age spots. The products are a bit pricey, so I delayed my purchase, but wish I hadn't. After the first night, I woke up to a firmer, softer, and a more even toned complexion. It has shrunk my pores and my skin glows! I will forever be a customer and will be buying more of the recommended products after building my profile. It is 100% worth the money!
Date published: 2018-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth every penny Driving in the car is when I truly saw Miracle occur. I looked so haggard on our way home from a trip and I applied my CEFerulic. When I looked back in the mirror later to apply the AGE Imtereupter I was looking at a better version of myself. It was amazing how it transformed the haggard me to a non-haggard me. This is the moment I truly believed in Skinceuticals
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wasn't for me Unfortunately this didn't work on my skin. I wanted to wait until it had been 2 months to review. I haven't seen a change.
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The product works but... after using three drops, my skin shines as if it would be extremely oily and it feels gluey. Even with powder I can't get rid of this. Is there any trick I can prevent this effect? Thank you so much for your help! If this problem is solved, CE Ferulic would be grat.
Date published: 2011-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent serum for the skin This is a serum that when placed on my face, it is absorbed quickly, leaving a velvety and smooth finish on the skin. I like it because in the time I've been using it for about 2 months, it has eliminated some fine lines of expression. And also to diminished some spots by acne outbreaks that have remained on my skin. I love, love, love! and I will definitely continue using it.
Date published: 2018-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from On 3rd purchase This is the most expensive product on my skincare regime but it is the most valuable. I do have the B5 gel but the two products together are too much for my sensitive skin. I actually follow this serum with a beauty oil, moisturizer, and sunscreen. I use this serum once a day, in the morning. For my night routine, I like to use Good Genes 2-3 times a week. Oh but I apply kiehl's midnight recovery very night. My skin is in its best shape (of my entire life) since I started this serum. Expensive but definitely worth it. No other vitamin C serum can compared.
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing serum I received a small bottle in my last months beauty sample box, after trying it one time I fell in love! Only 4 drops is enough to cover my entire face and neck, it sinks in really quick and doesn't leave any oily or sticky residue. There isn't really a scent and it is very lightweight. I noticed my skin looks really bright and the fine lines seem to be a lot less noticible. I think with prolonged use my skin would look amazing. Can't wait to get the full size of this product and other items as well!!
Date published: 2016-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Immediate Results! After reading dozens of really positive reviews of this product, I decided it was time to splurge. I'm 72 with good, normal but sensitive skin; minimal pores, some rosacea on my cheeks, deepening lines around my mouth, and a forehead that I always covered with bangs because I didn't like how it looked. Holy moly - after 24 hours I couldn't believe my forehead change - shallower wrinkles and bright, clear skin! My face looks brighter, too. Initially, I used once in the morning after washing; now I only wash every few days as I have for many years. I'm not very active and don't wear make-up; I want to retain what natural oils I have. I do wash and use daily when travelling or outdoors a lot. The results have maintained for me even with less than daily use. So glad I bought this great product!
Date published: 2018-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Anti-Aging Product I've been using this product for about 20 years now and love it! I'm 58 years old and don't have wrinkles yet! The price has gone up over the years but I will always continue to use this product. When people ask what I use, I tell them the CE ferulic is the key to looking young!
Date published: 2018-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Vitamin C product for skin and then some I researched many vitamin C products for skin and tried a couple bestsellers from top stores before finding this. Yes, it's a little more of a splurge than others but that's for good reason. Plus, you only use a little so you're truly getting a lot of bang for your proverbial buck on (concentrated vitamins and ingredients and benefits without the things you don't want distilled into a bestselling serum). A SkinCeuticals convert, I recently came back for the vitamin B serum and one of the eye creams. Go for it. You'll be glad you did. I saw improvement in a short amount of time and got comments from family and friends and have continued to see and feel its multiple benefits. This truly feeds and nourishes your skin at a cellular level.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No change After using this product for 3 months every day I have seen no difference what so ever.
Date published: 2018-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Already noticing a difference I have been using the product for about two weeks now, and I am already noticing a difference. My skin actually looks tanner, I guess because the product is bringing out my natural glow and my skin doesn't look as dull anymore. I also have been using my moisturizer in the morning now (I used to just use it at night), because this product absorbs it so well it doesn't make me look shiny underneath my make up. This product does have a slight odor, but it's worth it.
Date published: 2012-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from SkinCeuticals C.E. gives me a very radiant looks! SkinCeuticals C.E only gave me a radiant look with my combination skin, not so much different. However, on my Mom, in her early 60s, it did a wonderful job and she gets compliments all the time.
Date published: 2011-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seeing improvement! This is such a cult product, I knew I had to try it. The liquidy texture can be a bit messy, but the results are worth it. My skin looks much improved since when I started using it.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from CF Ferulic Fist time I used this product and am not liking the feel of it on my face. It leaves your face so darn sticky even after 2 hrs. I want my face to feel smooth when using a product.
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Patiently Waiting I've been using this product for 3 months now and I have noticed zero difference, not sure how much longer till I see a miracle everyone raves about.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite product I have been using this product for the past 10 years. I am 47 years old, and people constantly compliment me on my skin. I am 100% sure this product has everything to do with it. I love the way it leaves my skin, and it's a perfect serum for under a moisturizer. It is not oily or heavy at all.
Date published: 2018-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a difference in my skin I had been having some acne and other issues and had gone to a spa treatment where they used Skinceuticals products. I had an amazing talk with the esthetician and she told me to start using C E Ferilic in the morning under my sunscreen. I did and a major transformation happened. My acne has gone and my skin is supple and looks more youthful and radiant than it has in years. I’m so thankful to her for introducing me to Skinceuticals and this amazing product. C E Ferilic is a permanent fixture in my daily regime.
Date published: 2018-08-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from My skin feels sticky I bought CE Ferulic a week ago and immediately noticed my skin felt guey, not smooth, so my fine lines around my eyes were more pronounced. I used it morning and night as advised hoping it was just my imagination but i see no change. I use skinceuticals H.A. Intensifier and love it. Will return CE product, and just use HA intensifier.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product I have been using SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum for years and I love it. I use it in the morning and Retin-A at night. My face looks so much younger, smother and and lighter. I am 38 years old white female and this product helps me with discolorations. Just make sure you use a high SPF with these products. They are very powerful products, you need to protect your skin from the sun. The price is high but it lasts for six months. I also keep it in the refrigerated to prevent the oxidation of vit C.
Date published: 2017-06-01
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