SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic is rich with potent antioxidants, namely ferulic acid and vitamins C and E. Despite users reporting noticeable changes to their skin, they also say that it can have a sticky feel and an unpleasant scent. Ultimately, it doesn't contain as large an assortment of good-for-skin ingredients as Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum, Fragrance Free (*Est. $20 for 1.7 oz.), which is a much better overall value.
Potent antioxidants: Paula Begoun, skin care expert and author of "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me," praises SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic for its potent antioxidants -- ferulic acid and vitamins C and E. Editors at InStyle magazine note that the formula contains actual vitamins, rather than the synthetic forms many other products contain. One dermatologist says, "It not only prevents sun damage but also reverses aging from the sun." Begoun says the formula would be better, however, if it contained a larger variety of good-for-skin ingredients, such as ceramides, peptides and niacinamide. She also says a pump dispenser is preferable to the liquid dropper CE Ferulic comes with. The dropper allows the "oxygen sensitive" antioxidants to be exposed to light and air every time it's taken out of the bottle.
Users at MakeupAlley.com are very impressed with SkinCeuticals' antioxidant formula. One woman says, "I have experienced gradual but noticeable changes to my skin, i.e. increased clarity, freshness, refinement of fine lines etc."
Unpleasant scent: Users say SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic spreads easily onto the skin and absorbs in a matter of minutes but is a bit sticky -- especially if you apply too much. Several are turned off by the strong scent. One says, "It stinks to high heaven! It is just the most repulsive smell and it lingers." Others say the smell fades quickly.
Review Credibility: Excellent Paula Begoun says SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic is loaded with ingredients that have been proven to protect against free radical damage -- namely ferulic acid and vitamins C and E. She says the formula would be even better if it had a pump applicator, since the dropper exposes the antioxidants to air every time it is removed from the bottle.
Review: C E Ferulic Combination Antioxidant Treatment, Paula Begoun, Oct. 16, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic makes InStyle magazine's list of best beauty products for the second year in a row. Editors say the serum is very potent due to the actual vitamins it contains -- unlike the synthetic varieties some companies use.
Review: Best Beauty Buys 2012: Skin, Editors of InStyle magazine, April 2012
Review Credibility: Good More than 200 reviewers at MakeupAlley.com give SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic an overall rating of 3.7 out of 5 stars. Several users say it produces noticeable results and keeps skin looking young. Many say it stinks but that the smell fades quickly.
Review: SkinCeuticals- C E Ferulic, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com
Review Credibility: Fair Allure magazine recommends SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic because it contains antioxidants, which help to prevent wrinkles, age spots and "maybe even skin cancer." Editors don't say anything about the formula, in particular, and don't rate it or compare it to other products.
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