4 Need-to-Know Serums If You Love SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
Fact: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic ($188) might be the most cult-loved skincare staple of all time. Here at Byrdie alone, we've uttered and praised its beautiful name and covetable results more times that we can count. And a similar situation goes for virtually any other beauty publication we can think of. The serum causes a fiend-like frenzy, and no one—dermatologists, celebrities, and skincare-hungry consumers included—seems to be immune.
Which is why I was floored (floored with capital F, folks) when Helen Koo, senior marketing manager of online skincare sanctuary Dermstore, informed me that there's actually some murkiness surrounding C E Ferulic—more specifically surrounding who should use it, depending on skin type. (Up until this point, I had always just assumed it was the one universal product that was game-changing for everyone—and apparently, I'm not alone.)
According to Koo and Allysa Zych, Dermstore's director of merchandising, most consumers have faith in the buzz and don't realise the formula might not be the most ideal for their skin's natural tendencies. Or if they are aware, it's not stopping them from shopping. Ready for some numbers? On average, Koo tells me Dermstore sells over a thousand units per week of the C E Ferulic.
And year to date, the site has already doubled what it sold last year over the very same time period. "I think consumers are just becoming increasingly interested in skincare," Koo elaborates. "They're discovering and hearing about the product, and shoppers are also becoming more familiar with Dermstore as a trustworthy retailer." No, C E Ferulic isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Nor should it! But let's get back to the point I was trying to make: The serum truthfully isn't ideal for every skin type.
In fact, Koo tells me SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF ($188) is the bottle to set your sights on if have oily or acne-prone skin. Remarkably, Phloretin CF, which also features vitamin C, E, and ferulic, isn't on consumers' radar. Which inspired us to wonder—what other amazing serums are just as highly rated according to authorities like Dermstore but ultimately fall short where buzz and coverage are concerned? We decided to clear the air and ask Dermstore to share all its best skincare secrets (aka a report of the site's best sellers in the vitamin C serum category).
Ahead, meet four of the best vitamin C serums you probably haven't heard of (but will undeniably love if you're a C E Ferulic diehard). Ready your credit cards, and keep reading.
The C serums you'll love:
Coming in at just under $55, this strategically formulated serum is a worthy alternative to SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic. It contains the same hero ingredients (vitamins C and E, plus ferulic acid) in addition to skin-boosting peptides which might support your complexion's natural collagen production.
Say hello to the lesser-known cousin to SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, Phloretin CF. Despite its insane following, many don't realize that C E Ferulic is actually best suited to those with dry and normal skin types. However, if you veer oily, this serum is actually a better option for your specific skin type.
"For normal to oily skin types, we recommend using this product over the C E Ferulic. Many people read rave reviews about C E Ferulic and don't realise that the Phloretin is a better match for their skin type!" Koo explains. So what makes it so special? This serum contains a mix of vitamin C, ferulic acid, and 2% phloretin to help neutralise free radicals, encourage cell turnover, and lessen discolouration.
Featuring an even higher concentration of vitamin C than C E Ferulic, this down-to-business brightening serum from Obagi is simply one of the best, hands down. It's deeply penetrating and designed to protect the skin from UV damage, ease hyperpigmentation, and support the growth of collagen and elastin. Plus, hyaluronic acid accents to help keep the skin's hydration levels nice and healthy.
Niacinamide is kind of the underappreciated brightening hero of the skincare industry, and for some reason, it always seems to fall second to vitamin C. Interestingly, however, many dermatologists think it might actually be superior to C! Regardless, this epic serum has it all: amino acids (for skin renewal), a host of antioxidants (for skin protection), and yes, both vitamin C and niacinamide (for clear, luminous skin-brightening).