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Which Vitamin C serum is right for me?

Ellie Taylor
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To celebrate National Vitamin C Day on April 4th, we’ve partnered up with leading skincare brand SkinCeuticals, bringing you everything you need to know about the magic skincare ingredient. From the boast of benefits to the type of serum that’s right for you, carry on reading to see why you need to incorporate Vitamin C into your beauty regime.


Why do you need to use a Vitamin C serum?

Skin is naturally built for repair, but factors in daily life like exposure to sun and pollution generate free radicals – unstable molecules that can damage and prematurely age skin. Daily topical use of pure Vitamin C, an antioxidant our bodies do not naturally produce, is the gold standard for environmental protection.

However, Vitamin C must be properly formulated for optimal absorption into skin. Skinceuticals founding scientist Dr. Sheldon Pinnell established and patented the first Vitamin C formulation parameters (known as the Duke Patent Parameters) for ensuring effective absorption and efficacy within skin:

1. Pure vitamin C
2. In a high concentration of 10-20%
3. At a low pH (<3.5)

SkinCeuticals vitamin C serums are backed by 30 years of antioxidant research and demonstrated efficacy in independent, in-vivo (live skin) clinical studies, to deliver advanced environmental protection and targeted visible results.


Which Vitamin C serum is right for me?

From brightening your complexion to improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Vitamin C can help a multitude of skincare concerns, but which Vitamin C serum is right for you? We’ve picked out some of our favourites from SkinCeuticals to help you on your journey towards healthier, happier skin.


SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum – Targets visible signs of ageing

This daytime Vitamin C antioxidant delivers advanced environmental protection and improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness.

SKIN TYPE – Normal, dry, combination
SKIN CONCERN – Fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of firmness
KEY INGREDIENTS – 15% Pure Vitamin C, 0.5% Ferulic Acid, 1% Vitamin E

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic features a 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. This topical antioxidant serum neutralises free radicals, while C E Ferulic improves signs of photo-damage, the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and the loss of firmness.

Key Benefits

  • Helps to reinforce skin’s natural protection against free radicals
  • Neutralises free radicals on the upper layer of the skin to help prevent the impact of ozone damage to skin
  • Visible anti-ageing benefits, such as the improvement of the appearance of lines and wrinkles Ideal for normal, dry, and sensitive skin
  • Excellent complement to sunscreen for enhanced protection
  • Fast absorbing serum


SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Serum – Minimises discolouration

Phloretin CF is a powerful antioxidant face serum featuring a patented combination of 2% Phloretin, 10% pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic Acid), and 0.5% Ferulic Acid.

SKIN TYPE – Normal, oily, combination
SKIN CONCERN – Discoloration, uneven skin tone
KEY INGREDIENTS – 10% Pure Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) 2% Phloretin, 0.5% Ferulic Acid

This topical ferulic acid serum provides advanced protection against environmental damage and neutralises free radicals. Phloretin CF helps to diminish the appearance of hyperpigmentation and improves skin tone, for a brighter looking complexion.

Key Benefits

  • Helps to reinforce skin’s natural protection against free radicals
  • Refines texture for a smooth and more uniform skin tone
  • Paraben-free and ideal for normal, oily, combination, and ageing skin types
  • Excellent complement to sunscreen for enhanced protection


SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF Serum – Improves the appearance of blemishes

Silymarin CF is a powerful vitamin C triple antioxidant serum formulated specifically for oily and blemish-prone skin.

SKIN TYPE – Normal, oily, combination
SKIN CONCERN – Oiliness, blemishes
KEY INGREDIENTS – 15% L-Ascorbic Acid (Pure Vitamin C Antioxidant), 0.5% Salicylic Acid, 0.5% Ferulic Acid, 0.5% Silymarin

The result of six years of research and development, this lightweight formula helps reduce oil oxidation, control excess sebum and improve the appearance of blemishes and signs of ageing. It provides environmental protection for oily, blemish-prone skin and fights against visible skin ageing.

Key Benefits

  • Clinically proven to reduce oil oxidation by up to 76%*
  • Improves appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by up to 24%**
  • Reduces excess sebum/oil by up to 15%***
  • Reduces oiliness by up to 15%***


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