If there’s one part of my skin-care routine I invest the most in, it’s serums. It’s also the first step I usually recommend to friends after they’ve covered the basic dermatologist-approved skin-care routine of cleanser, moisturizer, and SPF. They have a rap for oftentimes being pricey, but your skin will seriously thank you for the highly concentrated amounts of active ingredients that’ll help deeply hydrate, smooth out uneven skin tone, and brighten your complexion. For example, since starting at Allure a few months ago, I quickly realized how immensely popular SkinCeuticals’ C E Ferulic is with our editors and readers — despite its sky-high price tag of $166.
I took it upon myself to investigate whether or not C E Ferulic is worth all the hype it constantly gets and tested it out for about a month. Since stay-at-home orders were implemented, my skin has been looking duller, more discolored, and overall uneven from stress-induced breakouts, so I wanted to see if this five-time Allure Best of Beauty and Readers’ Choice Award winner could essentially overhaul my complexion and make it look healthier (and less zombie-like, to put it plainly).
For starters, SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic contains three key ingredients: 15 percent pure vitamin C (also known as L-ascorbic acid), one percent pure vitamin E, and 0.5 percent ferulic acid. Like most skin-care devotees, I’m probably most familiar with vitamin C, which is a potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals, slows down signs of photoaging, and prevents dark spots from forming in the first place by inhibiting the production of melanin, explains board-certified dermatologist Patricia Wexler.
Not only that, but because of its acidic nature, vitamin C also signals to your skin to “heal itself by accelerating the production of collagen and elastin,” which keeps skin firm and plump, says Howard Sobel, a New York City-based dermatologist.