Editor's Pick: SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Review
SkinCeuticals sent a complimentary sample of their topical serum Phloretin CF—which is formulated with the antioxidant vitamin C—for the Skincare.com team to review. Find out what we thought, below!
When it comes to anti-aging products, formulas featuring antioxidant ingredients are inarguably front-and-center as of late. Topical antioxidants can help visibly brighten, hydrate, and revitalize skin that’s dull-looking and lifeless. Among the antioxidants we rely on to help improve our skin’s overall healthy look is vitamin C. (Want to learn more about vitamin C? Read this!) But—not surprisingly—not all products formulated with vitamin C are created equal. Dermatologists recommend using products formulated with stabilized concentrations of vitamin C to avoid skin irritation. One vitamin C-rich serum in particular to keep on your radar? SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF. Ahead, we share our review of SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF, its benefits, how to use it, and more!
Why Use a Daytime Antioxidant?
Before we dive into the specifics about Phloretin CF, it’s important to really understand how applying skin care products that are formulated with antioxidants can be beneficial for your skin. Studies show that environmental insults such as UV rays, pollution, and smoke can be responsible for the formation of free radicals in the skin. Need a primer on free radicals? Allow us to explain. Put simply, free radicals are unstable molecules. When these molecules come into contact with our skin, they can ultimately cause more visible signs of premature aging—think: loss of firmness, wrinkles, fine lines, and skin dryness. Sounds pretty miserable, right? Don’t worry, this is precisely where antioxidants can prove their value. Antioxidants can help surface skin to better protect itself from environmental damage.
You’re already wearing broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher each and every day (right?!) to help protect your skin from harmful UV rays, so applying a daytime product formulated with antioxidants in tandem with your daily sunscreen can help provide a further line of defense. In the case of wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging, it’s fair to say that you’ll want all the protection you can get.
The Benefits of SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF
So, what can SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF specifically do? The most impressive benefit is its ability to help neutralize free radicals which can contribute to premature signs of skin aging. The powerful formula contains a highly potent and unique molecular combo with vitamin C, phloretin, and ferulic acid. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, products formulated with vitamin C can not only soften the appearance of fine lines but may also help to lighten dark spots over time with continued use. Thus, expect Phloretin CF to help diminish and accelerate cellular renewal to retexture skin.
How to Use SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF
Step one? Cleanse and tone your face to remove any buildup of dirt or impurities on the skin’s surface. Next, apply four to five drops of Phloretin CF in the palm of your hand. Using your fingertips, apply the serum to a dry face, neck, and chest before using any other anti-aging skin care products. Phloretin CF need only be used once a day. Repeated over-application will not enhance its benefits and may even cause irritation. To complete your regimen, pair Phloretin CF with a SkinCeuticals sunscreen or your favorite broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher. When used together, SkinCeuticals antioxidant formulated products and broad-spectrum sunscreens provide enhanced protection against visible signs of aging caused by environmental aggressors. For more on why antioxidants and SPF are a key combo, read this!
Note: Phloretin CF is packaged in a dark glass bottle with a dropper. Why? Because vitamin C could oxidize and darken with time, especially when placed in sunlight. (The formula still remains effective, however.) For best results, store Phloretin CF in a cool, dark place.
Who Should Use SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF
SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF is ideal for normal, oily, combination, and aging skin types. If you’d like to start using Phloretin CF but aren’t sure if it’s suitable for your skin, consult your dermatologist or a licensed skin care professional.
SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Review
Admittedly, I only began incorporating products formulated with antioxidants into my skin care routine within the past 6 months or so. Not because I had any particular distaste for them, but for the simple fact that I didn’t know just how crucial they are for my skin. Since that “aha” moment though, I’ve never missed an application of a topical product that is formulated with vitamin C during the day. As a big fan of another SkinCeuticals serum, C E Ferulic, I was eager to try Phloretin CF as well. Similar to C E Ferulic, Phloretin CF is lightweight and applied with a handy dropper. The liquid serum is exactly that, a liquid, so it’s actually very easy to pump out more than the recommended 4-5 drops. (Be careful!) The formula glides onto skin easily and penetrates quickly. I did notice a slight scent, but luckily it’s not unbearable or unpleasant enough for me to quit using it. In fact, it pretty much disappeared once the formula evaporated into my skin.
With continued use, my skin felt hydrated and smooth to the touch. I pair it with daily SPF (as instructed) to help protect my skin against environmental agents. Since I live in New York City, I feel better knowing that Phloretin CF is working in tandem with the broad-spectrum SPF helping to safeguard my skin against the inevitable pollution, sun, smoke, smog, etc. that my skin will come into contact with. I’ve noticed that my complexion looks healthier and more radiant. Some of my dark marks are also less noticeable. For such reasons, I’m confident that Phloretin CF will be a mainstay in my arsenal for a long time to come.