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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...
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.
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.
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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