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Phloretin CF® with Ferulic Acid Vitamin C serum for face

Phloretin CF® with Ferulic Acid is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 55.
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A patented daytime vitamin c antioxidant face serum that delivers advanced environmental protection and diminishes the appearance fine lines and discoloration. U.S. Patent No. 9,248,082.

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Product Details

Phloretin CF features a patented synergistic combination of 2% phloretin, 10% pure vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid), and 0.5% ferulic acid for enhanced protection against atmospheric skin aging – environmental damage and premature signs of aging caused by free radicals from UVA/UVB, infrared radiation (IRA), and ozone pollution (O3). In addition to antioxidant protective benefits, Phloretin CF improves the appearance of discoloration, fine lines, and uneven skin tone.

  • Provides advanced environmental protection by neutralizing damaging free radicals
  • Improves the appearance of discoloration and overall skin tone
  • Once absorbed, this vitamin C serum remains effective for a minimum of 72 hours
  • Paraben-, fragrance-, and dye-free
  • Ideal for normal, oily, and combination skin types

How To Use

In the morning after cleansing and toning, apply 4-5 drops 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 formulation.

    Phloretin CF is a triple antioxidant cocktail formulation shown to provide broad-range 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 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.


    SkinCeuticals defines atmospheric aging as the visible result of a range of environmental aggressors on skin, including UV, infrared radiation (IRA), and pollution. Ongoing SkinCeuticals research shows that over-exposure to these aggressors may cause visible skin aging, and topical antioxidants can help prevent the impact to skin.

    Learn more about atmospheric aging and ozone pollution

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 the appearance of discoloration

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aqua / water / eau, dipropylene glycol, alcohol denat., ascorbic acid, butylene glycol, triethyl citrate, phloretin, ferulic acid

Physician Insight

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I love patients to start the day with Phloretin CF to fight free radicals and smooth fine lines and wrinkles in the perfect concentration that our skin can use. We use an antioxidant for post-procedure homecare to complement results

Dr. Thomas Bender – Advanced Dermatology and SkinCare Centre

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dermatologist recommended This product was recommended by my dermatologist. I can not thank her enough. This has helped so much with my uneven skin tone. Worth every penny !
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The smell is so icky... I found this to be a good product, especially for my acne prone skin. The problem is I just can't stand the smell. At first I thought it had gone rancid, but after visiting a spa and smelling their sample, I guess that's just how it smells.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No difference I am in Canada so I have to get these products from a dermatologist as Skinceauticals does not ship to Canada. I have used a full bottle of Phloretin on the advice of my dermatologist. It lasted about a year. On my own I tried CE Ferulic. It has lasted about a year as well. I am 47 and have some discoloration due to sun damage and smile lines and crows feet. I have used these products for two years straight and still have the same skin. I use sunscreen as well and a serum from a different company. They have not made a difference honestly. Should I try an anti aging product from this line?
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phloretin CF I've been using this product for a number of years now. I went to a family wedding and got sever complements on how young I looked. I'ts a great product.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this product I am on my second bottle and I can see each day the improvement to my skin. I have always love the outdoors, but now I am paying for it. This product has given me hope that I can improve and correct the damage done to my skin over the years. I will continue to use this product.
Date published: 2014-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Skin So Soft! I recently began a SkinCeuticals regimen including this product and less than 3 weeks later, my skin is noticeably softer, smoother and brighter. I am now a committed SkinCeuticals fan! I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2013-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Already seeing results As a fair skinned, red head who has extremely sensitive skin, I am reluctant to try any new skin product, let alone something so expensive. After this product was used at a facial and I didn't have an allergic reaction, I decided to give this a try. I have been using it for almost 2 weeks and my problem areas are almost gone. I bought the CE one too since this one is pretty drying. I have not had any reactions to either product which says a lot. I will be continuing to use!
Date published: 2013-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product has changed my skin in a way I never thought possible! I have always had somewhat oily skin that was acne prone around the chin, especially large, painful cysts. I have always been very proactive in my skincare, I have been wearing sunscreen daily since I was 15 or 16 years old. In addition to my dermatologist, I started seeing a Romanian esthetician this June (4 month ago). She gave me samples of P.C.F. and after just one month, I was hooked. I am a student, but this product has cut out so many others, it is worth every penny. I frequently leave the house with only a little make-up on because my skin is glowing, my pores are smaller, and my acne has subsided to a manageable amount. I am confident with prolonged use, I won't have an acne problem at all. I am currently trying to get everyone I know with a similar skin condition to use this product!
Date published: 2012-10-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I don't like the smell of this product. I've tried to get used to the odour of this product, but just can't. It lasts all day long and is quite strong. It is not a pleasant smell.
Date published: 2012-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product, but prefer C E ferulic This was the first antioxident by Skin Ceuticals that I tried. I'm now using the C E Ferulic and prefer it to this one. I didn't realize this one was for oily, problematic skin and ferulic for normal skin. Now I understand why this one dried and irritated my skin a little bit and ferulic doesn't. I don't think it would have been a problem if I wasn't a Retin-A user. Both are very good at reducing sun damage though! That's the main reason I use them because being a Retin-A user I can sunburn easily, but I don't have that problem anymore because of the anti-oxident before my sunblock. Highly recommend and totally worth the $$ if you ask me. I love SkinCeuticals products!
Date published: 2012-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST ANITOXIDANT I've been using this serum for a few months now and my skin looks radiant and brighter. The fact that protects your skin from the inside from those harmful uv rays, needless to say my skin has a healthy glow, thank you skinceuticals, now lets keep winning more awards
Date published: 2012-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful My mom is obsessed with CE Ferulic. Unfortunately, my skin is oilier than hers. When I tried CE Ferulic, I broke out pretty badly. For that reason, I was very scared to try Phloretin CF when an aesthetician recommended it (I assumed that all antioxidant treatments were fundamentally the same). I am so glad that I gave it a go! Not only does this product defend my skin for the future, it gives it this gorgeous glow in the present. And, when combined with my LHA regime, it did not cause even one breakout.
Date published: 2012-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phloretin CF - EXCELLENT!! If a product is effective and I see results, it's worth every penny to me and Phloretin is definitely worth it! I have tried every line of skin care that's available. I had been looking at the Skinceuticals website for quite some time, but continued to use my other brand. About a month ago, decided to take the plunge and purchased this product, Phloretin CF. After a few weeks of continued use in the mornings after my cleanser and toner, my skin is much more radiant and smoother. The sales person who I've known for a couple of years highly recommended the product. I knew it had to be great, as she knows her stuff! In my opinion and after trying so many different products, this is the best! I have extremely dry and sensitive skin and on occasion get breakouts. I have not had one breakout since using this product. Also, I had slight lines forming between my brows and they have diminished. The below reviewer states she used it around her eyes. Hmm...I would love to try it around my eyes to diminish fine lines even though the instructions state not to put it around the eyes. I may try that too! Yes, this product is expensive, but if I see results I'll continue to purchase it! I highly recommend it!!
Date published: 2011-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Holy Grail I can honestly say that I have tried everything under the sun - every new product, every expensive product, everything the dermatologist or facialist recommends. My first foray into the Skinceuticals line was the CE Ferulic serum. I loved it, but someone mentioned trying Phloretin CF. I have combination skin, decent texture, but could use some improvement, and minor dark spots, but after using this product I look as if I got back from vacation and had a facial. It does wonders for my skin! Every time I take a break from it and try something else I remember why this is my go to product!
Date published: 2011-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable product For those of you hesitating because of the price, I must say you will NOT be disappointed with this product. This serum has tightened the large pores on my cheeks, nose and forehead like nothing ever has! Finally my skin is brighter, firmer, and much more even in tone. I require less makeup now and feel this product has removed 10 years of sun damage from my 37 year old face. Try it!!
Date published: 2011-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product comes with a high price I have been using this for a year now and have definitely noticed the difference in my skin. It has improved the texture by making my skin more smooth. My face skin feels younger and healthier now. I highly recommend this product for anyone looking to improve the look and health of their skin!
Date published: 2011-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product really works It has only been two weeks and I am noticing and feeling difference in my skin. I have melanin and suncreen wasn't enough to protect my skin from darkening. My whole face appearance got better. I had benefited from this product and I will not stop using it. It's well worth of using it for improvement of the skin tone.
Date published: 2011-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Preventative yet produces immediate results! I have been using Phloretin CF since 2009 and have never gotten so many compliments on my skin before using this product. I am 31 years old and have spent a lot of time in the sun and have acne prone sensitive skin and people really think that I'm still in my early 20s or younger! I have even been accused of having botox since I started using this product! Also, the texture of my skin is so much softer and supple. I'm a grad student on a budget so all of my other skin care products are over the counter except for this amazing serum! It's so worth the money and it lasts for a long time! If you are looking for all skin care products in one bottle, this is the product for you!
Date published: 2011-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from works great! I have been using this for a year now and have definitely noticed the difference in my skin. It has improved the texture by making my skin more smooth. My pores are smaller and my skin is never dry anymore. I highly recommend this product for anyone looking to improve the look and health of their skin!
Date published: 2011-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WORTH IT I was wary at the spa to purchase this product due to the price, so my aesthetician gave me a sample and said that I'd love it. I used it at first just once a week, then two or three times a week, and now I refuse to not include it in my daily skincare regimen. When I used the product sporadically, my employees and customers would comment on the glowing nature of my skin on the days that i used it. Interestingly, I always seemed to look tired or just different (I can't really articulate the difference, to be honest) when I didn't use the product in the morning. Now that I use it regularly, my skin is soft, smooth and beautiful. I feel more beautiful than I ever have.
Date published: 2011-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Product Within a few weeks I see a great difference in my skin, the product goes on easily, not too greasy. My skin looks and feels smooth and beautiful! I would definitely recommend this product to my friends.
Date published: 2011-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! My skin feels wonderful and looks better than it has in years!! People say I look so much younger than my age....I love this product!!
Date published: 2011-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent Product. I'm 51 and get many compliments on my youthful appearance.
Date published: 2011-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The product has a nice feel to it. I love this product. I never knew an antioxidant was required but now I know the need for it.
Date published: 2011-07-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not As Good As This product is not as good as the C and E Ferulic Acid product, in my opinion. I did not get the same tingle on my skin from this product as I do from the aforementioned product. I thought that perhaps this would be better because it was a new product but not so. Perhaps it's because I'm so old and I need all of the tingle that I can get! Anyhow in this case, old is all good.
Date published: 2011-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great It improved my overall tone of the face and did not cause any new acne. My face is acne prone.
Date published: 2011-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome product! My dermatologist recommended this after my microderm. I normally wouldn't spend that much on a product being a single mom BUT I can't believe the results of my skin after just 2 weeks!
Date published: 2011-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't live without it! This is the product I would want if I could take only one personal item onto a desert island. I swear it protects and corrects. My moisturizer sinks in better, and I get lots of compliments on my glowing skin. Fabulous!
Date published: 2011-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this product! I've been using this product ever since I learned about it, about five or six months ago - and I love the results. My face feels firmer, and I no longer have a 'peeling' reaction as I've had to other similar products. I use the face cream as well, and my skin has never looked better.
Date published: 2011-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I will stick with C E Ferulic. t.t I used both Phloretin CF and C E Ferulic. I think Phloretin CF is a great product, but my skin improved immediately when I applied C E Ferulic.
Date published: 2011-07-21
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