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I know a lot of my followers are younger… but the younger generation is starting earlier than mine did with *preventative* anti-aging skincare (rather than just treating the wrinkles as they appear). Whether you’re 25 or 38 (like me), you’ve been hearing a lot about Vitamin C lately. And you’re wondering what happened to Retinol!!
First, what does the Vitamin C/Ferulic Acid combo DO??
According to the Oregon State University website:
“The antioxidant properties of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and its role in collagen synthesis make vitamin C a vital molecule for skin health. Dietary and topical ascorbic acid have beneficial effects on skin cells, and some studies have shown that vitamin C may help prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)-induced photodamage.”
Okay sounds good! But what about Retinol? From what I could gather in chat groups, people are using retinol at night and Vitamin C in the morning; Retinol makes your skin extra sensitive to light so it’s not recommended for morning use.
Which brand though?? My skincare product guru friend had this to say:
“Skinceuticals has a patent on the pH of vitamin C serum combined with ferulic acid. There are many other vitamin C serums out there that have similar ingredients but they aren’t all equal. I think Skinceuticals has the very best serum on the market because the lower pH is required for optimal activity.”
No problem… it’s only $166 per ounce! Check it out here.
But wait! She also says “there are cheaper alternatives where you can get most of the benefits without the high cost.” She linked to this one, “Timeless” – the cheapest I could find it for was $19.95 at Walmart (ships FREE!!!). There are Amazon listings too, but currently only 3rd party sellers and reviewers are questioning the authenticity of their product, and having product arrive seeming old and already oxidized (you’re actually going to want to store yours in the ‘fridge)!
So there you have it! The scoop on Vitamin C + Ferulic Acid and your top two options to purchase. If you try one of these out, or if you’re already into it, chat with us in our Facebook Group!