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Phloretin CF Gel Topical vitamin C gel

Phloretin CF Gel is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 17.
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A daytime topical vitamin C gel provides advanced environmental protection and diminishes the appearance of skin discoloration and fine lines, for overall tone improvement and smoothness

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Phloretin CF Gel is a revolutionary antioxidant technology combining 2% phloretin, 10% pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), and 0.5% ferulic acid for enhanced protection against atmospheric aging – environmental damage and premature signs of aging caused by free radicals from UVA/UVB radiation. This daily topical vitamin C antioxidant also helps diminish the appearance of discoloration, refine skin texture, and improve skin tone.

  • Provides advanced environmental protection by neutralizing damaging free radicals
  • Diminishes the look of discoloration and refines texture
  • Comforting light gel texture ideal for normal, oily, and combination skin types
  • Proven well-tolerated by men post-shaving
  • Paraben-, fragrance-, and dye-free

How To Use

In the morning after cleansing and toning, apply 4-5 pumps to a dry face, neck, and chest before other skincare products. May be used on the back of the hands. It is normal for vitamin C products to darken after opening due to air and light exposure. The formula will remain effective. Once opened, it is recommended to be used within 3 months of opening.

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

  • Science & Proof

  • Science

    SkinCeuticals research shows that specific combinations of antioxidants, when effectively formulated, provide superior results to each single antioxidant alone. Phloretin CF Gel is a topical vitamin C antioxidant suspended in a gel delivery system. In a comforting texture, this vitamin C gel has been shown to provide powerful environmental protection due to a synergistic combination of 2% phloretin, 10% pure vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid), and 0.5% ferulic acid. It is formulated under the Duke Antioxidant patent. Vitamin C is a highly-potent antioxidant that is, by its structure, difficult to effectively deliver on skin. The Duke Antioxidant patent describes the formulation parameters required for effective delivery of a topical 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

  • 2% phloretin
  • 10% L-ascorbic acid
  • 0.5% ferulic acid

Derived from apples and the root bark of fruit trees including apple, pear, and grapefruit, this antioxidant neutralizes damaging free radicals, helps improve cell turnover, and improves fades the appearance of discoloration

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aqua / water / eau, dipropylene glycol, butylene glycol, alcohol denat., ascorbic acid, undecane, bis-hydroxyethoxypropyl dimethicone, dimethicone, caprylic/capric triglyceride, tridecane, phloretin, lauryl peg-9 polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone, dimethicone/peg-10/15 crosspolymer, dimethicone/polyglycerin-3 crosspolymer, ferulic acid, sodium hydroxide, disodium edta

Physician Insight

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This product takes all of the great qualities of Phloretin CF and delivers them in a light gel texture. If you have issues with acne, but still need a Vitamin C based product, then this is the gel for you.

Dr. Douglas Mackenzie - Pacific Plastic Surgery

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful for oily skin I've used the Phloretin CF serum for several years and have generally liked it, but I decided to try the gel since I was getting about ready to order another bottle of the serum. I MUCH prefer the texture and consistency of the gel for my face! I have oily skin and I find the gel seems to absorb better and leaves a cleaner feel to my skin. I think my makeup lasts a little longer as well without getting shiny. I'm using what I have left of my serum on my neck and chest and the gel for my face; when the serum is gone I'll be using this for everything. If you're oily, give this formulation a try!
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wanted to love it I love the serum version and I sometimes use a gel hydrator. I was excited when this came out. I was a little disappointed with the consistency. I ended up mixing it into my gel hydrator. I feel that with a price tag that high, I shouldn't have to doctor it up.
Date published: 2014-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dermatologist raved about it! I loved using this in my under sunscreen routine but I wanted to make sure my dermatologist didn't have a better suggestion. When I asked her about it, she raved about it, saying it was one of the best if not THE best there is. Now, I don't go outside without it. I also love how hydrating it is. It goes well under my make up.
Date published: 2013-11-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Can't put anything over it. I usually buy the CE Ferulic and love it but decided to try this one when my other one ran out. My problem is when I try and put my tinted moisturizer on over it, it clumps off. Does anyone else have this problem? Is it so weird. It's ok if I don't try and put anything over it but considering I normally need to, I don't like it. I will go back to CE Ferulic but considering the price I will have to suffer through this bottle until it is done.
Date published: 2013-08-09
Date published: 2012-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful product! I love the goes on so smooth and there is less waste. My skin is smoother and helps to reduce my dry/red patches. It is worth the money if you want improvement and brighter skin. I bought my first bottle 10 months ago and just had to replace it. I only use one pump a day. I wish it was more of a miracle cure but it comes close. Thank you!!!
Date published: 2012-08-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It did no harm. After four months of use I had pinpoint tan dots all over my face and it took almost two weeks to scrub these away. As I said in the review summary, it did no harm, but was very expensive.
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Like the Gel, but still like the CE Ferulic better Hello- I was sent the new Phloretin CF Gel to try as a winner of a contest. I was curious to try the product, given that I currently use the CE Ferulic Serum and absolutely love it. I must say, I didn't notice that my skin was as 'glowing' after the gel product, vs. when I use the CE Ferulic serum. The gel certainly absorbed easily, and I didn't think the smell was overly strong, however for the price of this product, I think that the CE Ferulic serum is better suited to my skin and has an overall better result on my fine lines and pigmentation. Overall the gel is a nice product. Maybe the CE Ferulic works better because it has the extra vitamin 'E?' I will say that I love SkinCeuticals and swear by their products, so this will not deter me from purchasing them in the future! If the CE Ferulic ever goes to a gel, I will buy that!
Date published: 2011-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love the gel concept The new gel texture makes the application of the product really easy and the dark airless container protects the serum from oxidation. Just one or two pumps and you're good to go! The consistency is pretty firm, so when you put in on your finger, it stays there. So no more problems about drops falling or the container itself falling down and wasting all those $$$$ on the rug, which doesn't need an antioxidant! It goes on very smoothly - the scent may be a bit strong, but after you spread it, it goes away quickly - and it gets absorbed by the skin really fast, with no residue on the skin (I have normal-dry skin, a bit sensitive during the cold months). I'm still too young to tell you about wrinkles disappearing, but I believe that it will help my skin in the long run. Compared to other people my age (26), my skin is more radiant and I have no fine lines. A good antioxidant and sunscreen are the best insurance for your skin. And this is a great antioxidant!!!
Date published: 2011-10-23
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