SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic vs. Phloretin CF: Which Antioxidant Serum Is Right for You?
Skincare can get confusing — especially when there are so many great serums that seem to do similar things. Take two of SkinCeuticals’ vitamin C serums: C E Ferulic and Phloretin CF. Both are antioxidant serums with similar bottles, textures and ingredients, but there are major differences between the two. We spoke with board-certified dermatologist and Skincare.com consultant Dr. Kim Nichols to find out what sets them apart and which one might work better for your skin type and needs.
What Is the Difference Between C E Ferulic and Phloretin CF?
According to Dr. Nichols, the main difference between these serums is the potency and antioxidants. “Both are excellent choices,” she says, “but Phloretin CF is gentle enough for acne-prone patients, while C E Ferulic is more effective for dull skin and contains anti-aging properties.” Typically, this means that if you fall into the normal-to-dry category, most of the time, you’re going to want to incorporate C E Ferulic into your routine. If you’re more oily, you’ll want to try Phloretin CF.
You may also want to incorporate both products into your routine depending on the season. “I recommend that my patients reassess their skin and their skincare regimen every season,” says Dr. Nichols. “If your skin is more oily and prone to breakouts during a particular time of year, switch to Phloretin CF instead of using C E Ferulic.”
How Do the Ingredients Differ?
C E Ferulic, which has 15% l-ascorbic acid in addition to 0.5% ferulic acid and 1% vitamin E, has a higher concentration of vitamin C in its formula than Phloretin CF. “The combination enhances protection against environmental damage caused by free radicals that can contribute to atmospheric aging,” says Dr. Nichols. On the flip side, Phloretin CF contains 10% l-ascorbic acid, 2% phloretin and 0.5% ferulic acid. Phloretin CF also does not contain vitamin E, which is a potent anti-aging ingredient.
And because Phloretin CF caters to oily skin, it is the less hydrating of the two. It does not contain glycerin, a key humectant that is present in the C E Ferulic formula, so Phloretin CF might feel drying in comparison to C E Ferulic.
How to Incorporate C E Ferulic or Phloretin CF Into Your Routine
When you’ve narrowed down which serum best fits for your skin type, it’s relatively easy to incorporate either into your routine. “After cleansing your face, apply three to five drops of your antioxidant on the top of your hand,” says Dr. Nichols. “Then, use your finger to apply it evenly on your face, neck and chest.” It’s also important to apply sunscreen after your antioxidant serums for UVA/UVB protection.
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