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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 177.
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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 3 out of 5 by from I want to like this product, but it seems to turn so quickly Getting dark in color and taking on an off-putting odor. I believe this means it has oxidized, so Im wondering if keeping in the refrigerator would help?
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This serum is the best available. Within a week of use, my face shows a definite difference. Overall I love this product and how it brightens up my face and it is definitely one of my staples. Excellent product!
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I tried Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Anti-Aging Vitamin C and E Serum. I love this product and use it every other day. Not only does my skin feel amazing because of using it but it prevents angling and damage to my skin! I love this and highly recommend it!
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This serum change my skin! my dermatologist asked me to use and Im in love with the results.
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just starting using it, havent notice any changes but Im loving the smell and fresh feeling after applying it!
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I went to a dermatologist and was recommended this. I was skeptical at first because usually when I go to a dermatologist nothing works, but oh em gee this was amazing!! Vitamin C is soooo good for your skin and my skin was glowing! Only downside is if it gets under your nails when youre applying it, it can dye your finger nails but I didnt even care it just worked so well! Definitely recommend. It is pricey but well worth it.
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this serum and use it daily. It almost always helps my blemishes disappear overnight and I notice a definite difference in my skin texture. I just wish that it smelt better.
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love!!!! This is my go to! Everyone should use a vitamin C and in my opinion this is the best one! Keep in mind that it is super concentrated so you only need like 4 drops!
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really works! I bought this last fall and applied it to my dark spots almost every night and it has helped lighten them so much! The bottle lasts a long time.
Date published: 2019-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Costly.. crème de la crème of skincare Yikes this makes my wallet shiver. So why is it so expensive and how can my budget justify it? Simple... this is a skincare game changer! Use sparingly because the quality is amazing you don’t have to lather it on to get results. Almost all regiments include this serum. Again.. because it’s superior quality in a world of unnecessary ingredients, untrue promises, and basically drugstore lotion in a jar. Don’t be fooled! The reason it costs this much is because it’s WORTH this much (do wish sales would come around) It literally win your trust as you see undeniable results and quickly. Hold your breath and go to checkout. You will be shocked at the quality and almost instant results. SkinCeuticals is the gold standard skincare company for a reason, they are what other companies try for, but never really deliver. Expensive yes, worth it? Absolutely!
Date published: 2019-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works pretty well, unfavorable texture and smell I'm on my 2nd bottle of this product and overall, I'm happy with the results. I'm 43 and I'm regularly mistaken for being in my early 30s although I don't think this product is solely responsible for that! I think it is helpful in evening the texture and softening the blow from environmental toxins. I have rosacea and my skin seems a bit less reactive to the sun since I've started using this. The downside... the smell isn't great. To me, it smells like a campfire. It does seem to fade after 30 minutes or so and I'd prefer the natural smell of the active ingredients than fake fragrances. Also, it is a bit tacky and sticky when first applied. I usually apply it, moisturizer, and sunscreen and then wait 15 minutes or so before I put on any makeup. That seems to allow it to absorb into my skin and then I don't have any problems with my makeup applying well. If I try to put on makeup immediately after, it kind of sits on top of it and doesn't blend well.
Date published: 2019-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glowy Skin! I absolutely love this serum! I tried it as a sample when purchasing my favorite cleanser. My skin immediately had a lit within glow and overall healthy look. I notice a huge difference when I don't use this. Knowing that it's also helping protect my skin from free radicals is something I love. I highly recommend this product and will always have this in my skincare routine.
Date published: 2019-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liquid Gold! C E Ferulic is not called Liquid Gold for no reason! I use this during the day; and Retinol at night. Keeps my skin healthy! Would NOT be without it!.
Date published: 2019-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing in 4 days I renovate my skin great product I will definitely use this forever... my fine lines was gone and improve in my dark spots...amazing!!!!I am using just for sleep
Date published: 2019-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dewy Skin, Amazing Texture I've been using this product since I was 16! If I stop using this product my skin not as dewy and firm... it's a MUST!
Date published: 2019-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I wish I started using this years ago! Phenomenal skin almost instantaneously, I kid you not! by I am a skincare junkie and I tend to do massive amounts of research before trying any product. I am also 29 years old and I have oily, acne prone skin but I also smoked from the age of 18 to 28, thankfully I have been able to quit but it was too late since I have smoke lines near my lips and wrinkles on my forehead. Anyway like I mentioned, I have tried a decent amount of skincare products in my day and lately I have been using several “trendy” brand name AHA/BHA products with moderate success but I swear they are the cause of some breakouts I have been getting on my chin, and I have never thought about using a vitamin c based product before. My mother, who is 67 years old but looks only 50 years old, has amazing, smooth and clear skin. I asked her what her secret was and she told me that all she really uses is skinceuticals ce ferulic each morning. I had never heard of skinceuticals before but I finally tried the ce ferulic two days ago and I think I found one of the most miraculous skincare products I’ve ever used. I usually wait to review items until I feel like enough time has passed to give them a proper chance but after the first day of using this my nasty smokers lines look diminished and what I’m really excited about is that it faded old acne scars significantly, in just two days. Also the exsisting pimples I had on my chin are clearing up, my pores look tighter, it gives my skin an instant glow. This is the only new product I’ve added to my regimen recently so i have to attribute the past two days significant progress to ce ferulic. Like the other reviewers mentioned, it does smell kind of like hot dogs when you first put it on but I can get past that because it’s incredibly efficient. So far it hasn’t caused any pore congestion or irritation,and it’s formula is not greasy, gives you a glow. Everyone’s skin is different but Let’s just say I have been using other brands for two months and have yet to review them, I have been using skinceuticals ce ferulic for two days and I cannot stop raving.
Date published: 2019-02-19
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 5 out of 5 by from Worth Every Penny I have found my dream product. My skin glows now and I do not have to wear foundation or powder during the day.
Date published: 2019-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works! I was introduced to CE Ferulic by my dermatologist. Have used it now for 3 years. My face suffered sun damage from my teen years, when we did not understand the consequences of sun damage, nor, were there products offered to prevent sun damage. I am pleased with the results, my brown spots on my cheeks, chin, neck are diminished, what amazes me, they continue to be less noticeable, my skin has a clarity, improved condition due to my devotion and belief in this product. I use it AM and PM.
Date published: 2019-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best I have tried most of the popular vitamin C serums on the market. This is the only one that delivers noticeable results. I have rosacea and have also found this is the only vitamin C serum that does not cause me to have a flare, it actually calms my skin down. This is on the high side money wise, but for what it does for my skin it’s definitely worth it. Skinceuticals is the only brand that I’ve never had a reaction to.
Date published: 2019-02-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not sure if it’s working I am now on my second bottle which I bought on line and the 1st one from my dermatologist. I want to believe that it works but I am not really sure if it really does plus It’s too expensive for my budget. I apply it only in the morning, as suggested after cleansing my skin. A few drops goes a long way but I am not seeing any changes on my skin. I am hoping it will diminish my fine lines or make my skin firmer. How many bottles do I need to use to see the effect? Would I recommend this product? Yes and no. First, I am not sure about the result or what it does to my skin. Not sure if I will continue it because of the price. I wish I could but it’s something I am still debating on. Yes—I can suggest it to people I know. They can try it.
Date published: 2019-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Half of the bottle fizzled out when I open the bot I have been using this product for almost two years . I bought a new bottle in France and after a couple of months when I opened the bottle , half of the content fizzled out and was wasted . Pls can I request for a replacement
Date published: 2019-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Feature Good product and very effective.Good product and very effective.
Date published: 2019-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic I have been using this product for years. I am 73 years old and I get compliments on my skin everyday, if not twice a day! My skin is smooth and youthful looking and no one can believe I am 73 years old..They always say, " I would have guessed around 60 years old, what do you use?"
Date published: 2019-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smoother skin I have only been using this product along with the B5 gel since Christmas. However, I do think my skin is smoother from the CE Ferulic and it is definitely more hydrated from the B5 gel. I will be purchasing the B5 as it was only a sample size. I can’t wait to use my retinol after pregnancy with my new skin care rountine!
Date published: 2019-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my favorites My coworker recommended this product, I fall in love with it. I used once a day in the morning sometimes nights. I have try a lot of different serums and creams this one is definitely of my favorite. Totally recommend!!!
Date published: 2019-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this product! Love this product! I have been using CE for 3 years and it has substantially benefited my skin.
Date published: 2019-01-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I wanted to like it I really wanted to love this product but unfortunately I can’t handle the smell. I can smell it throughout the day despite following up with sunblock to help mask it.
Date published: 2019-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Concerned product changed I have been using this product for several years and I love it. The last time I purchased this product, it seemed different. I’m not sure if they changed the product or not but when I applied it to my face, i did not feel any tightness or slight tingling like I usually do. I really hope they didn’t change the product.
Date published: 2019-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best product for dark spots (hyper-pigmentation) I have Asian skin and a number of dark spots. I have tried several Shisheido products and the Skinceuticals Phyto + for months, without noticeable results, which is a true disappointment. I received a complimentary small bottle of CE Ferrulic and tried it in very small amounts, over my whole face, on alternate days, because I did not know if it was going to be too irritating for my skin. Even though I did not use the amount recommended and did not apply it every day or with any true expectations, after a couple of weeks of inconsistent applications during the night, I report that my skin started to glow and the dark spots are much less noticeable. This is the best product I have ever used for my hyper-pigmentation and, additionally, it left my skin very soft and smooth, despite not using the whole recommended amount. I am truly impressed and this could be the best cosmetic product I have ever used.
Date published: 2019-01-03
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