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> industry insiders love and use in their routine. The ingredients in this antioxidant super serum have given it glowing reviews, so much so that people do pay the £129 for it. But for those of us who are strapped for cash – is there a dupe or cheaper alternative? We investigated...

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How a £4.90 serum compared to £129 one
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Skinceutical's C E Ferulic is hailed as one of the best serums – it's what industry insiders love and use in their routine. The ingredients in this antioxidant super serum have given it glowing reviews, so much so that people do pay the £129 for it. But for those of us who are strapped for cash – is there a dupe or cheaper alternative? We investigated...

Blow-the-budget: SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic £129

Check Powder’s Top 5 skincare essentials and you’ll see that each and every one of the Powder team had a SkinCeuticals product on their list. No joke. Their CE Ferulic serum is a 15% concentration of vitamin C, as well as vitamin E and ferulic acid for an added antioxidant boost. This is more of a traditional serum texture and it sinks in wonderfully on application.

 

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I have to admit that my skin tone and texture have dramatically improved since using this. My acne scarring, that annoys me every time I look in the mirror, has faded and the bumpy appearance improved. I’ve also noticed that my spots really cleared up since I started using this and, drum roll please, it’s probably the most effective product I have ever tried to zap my acne. The only downside is that I get through a bottle very quickly if I use it every day.

You’ll need to be careful with the lid on this one though. As vitamin C is prone to oxidizing really quickly, you’ll want to secure the lid tightly each time to avoid air exposure from seeping in and turning the serum orange – and therefore inactive. And when you’re splurging £129 you’ll need to make sure it’s not wasted.

Bargain buy: The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% £4.90

Contrary to the name, The Ordinary is far from ordinary. If you haven’t heard of them, go and check out their site immediately. They’re a bullshit-free skincare brand that bring you the ingredients and formulations that are proven to work, at a price that makes you want to stockpile the whole range. I am wholeheartedly guilty of this.

This particular product often sells out on their website and it’s unsurprising – it boasts a pretty high percentage of vitamin C, so you’re getting waaaay over your money’s worth. Because the concentration is so strong, it does tingle a little at first, but don’t panic – that’s just the vitamin C getting to work. It can be diluted in with your moisturiser or serum, if you want to ease yourself in and build up your skin’s tolerance.

Once I got past the tingling, it did a jolly good job at brightening up my skin overnight and my complexion looked more even toned when I woke up in the morning. The formula is oil, water and silicone free, meaning I didn’t experience any infuriating ‘piling’ if I followed up with make-up. It has a slight gritty feel to it at first (that’s the active vitamin C powder), but this disappears after a minute or two once it has sunk in, so bare that in mind in the mornings if you do your make-up before dashing out of the door.

 

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The verdict:

Both of these serums boast a high antioxidant percentage, meaning both will give you visible results and help to prevent ageing. However, if I had to pick one, I’d go for the SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic. I’ve seen the most visible difference in my skin from regular use, so much so, I reckon if my house caught fire, this is probably one of the first things I’d save. Yes, it’s pricey, but when products are this effective, it seems like a no-brainer to make the investment. Can’t stretch to the SkinCeuticals one? The Ordinary’s is definitely worth a go and costs less than a glass of wine. Cheers to that.

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