Skinceuticals is a brand I’ve used since it launched in the mid-nineties. I can’t quite remember when it first became available in the UK but I initially used to stock up on it during trips to NY. It was clearly so far ahead of a game compared to other brands available at that time and, to my mind, started the trend for clinical skincare. Twenty years on, it’s still very much a go-to brand for me as every product is a result of a huge amount of research and, as a consequence, they are very effective.
While there’s so many Skinceuticals products that I could happily recommend I’ve narrowed it down to three of my current favourites…
C E Ferulic
This is my longest term skincare love and before C E Ferulic was available I used the original Skinceuticals Vitamin C Serum. It’s recommended by pretty much every dermatologist and, along with sun protection, I credit it with the clear, even tone my skin has at 46 years of age.
It’s primary job is as an anti-oxidant that protects against environmental damage. It acts as a line of defence against UV damage, neutralises free radicals, prevents cell damage and has anti-inflammatory properties.
It has a watery consistency and is the first product I apply to my skin every morning. It only needs to be applied once a day. It’s the most expensive product I use on a continual basis and the reason I stick with it is because it has a low pH of 3 which is needed to keep it stable and effective. Skinceuticals actually hold a patent that prevents others making a similar product with a pH 2.5 – 3.
Full List of Ingredients For Skinceuticals C E Ferulic
Water, Ethoxydiglycol, L-ascorbic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Laureth-23, Alpha Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Ferulic Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate
Metacell Renewal B3
This product is quite hard to categorise as it has the high concentration of actives of a serum but the feel of a light moisturiser. It’s fast absorbing and has a slight medicinal scent. The reason I love this product is that it works over the short and long term.
Skin immediately looks and feels smoother and hydrated. The clinically proving ingredients work over the long term to improve dryness, discolourations, lines, blotchiness, elasticity and dehydration. Basically, all the signs of photo-ageing are addressed with this emulsion.
The key ingredient is Niacinamide (B3) which is included at the maximum level of 5%. Additionally it was 2.5% of Tripeptides and 15% of Glycerine. The formula has been optimised to aid penetration of the actives and interestingly this means they’ve left out emulsifiers and thickening agents which can block the skin barrier.
Full List of Ingredients For Metacell Renewal B3
Aqua / Water Glycerin, Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Propanediol, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 , Crosspolymer Methylsilanol, Silicate Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Phenoxyethanol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Ci 77163, Bismuth Oxychloride, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Peg-10, Dimethicone, Disodium Edta, Cellulose Gum, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Adenosine, Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Oil / Bitter Orange Flower Oil, Melaleuca Viridiflora Leaf Oil, Tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea Trifluoroacetate, Linalool, Cymbopogon Flexuosus Oil, Citral, Limonene, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil
The RRP for Skinceuticals Metacell Renewal B3 is £96 for 50ml
Mineral Eye UV Defense SPF 30
We all know that the skin around our eyes is the thinnest and needs protecting the most. We also know the best way to prevent it ageing is to use an spf product daily. The problem is that spf products applied near the eyes have a habit of seeping into them and stinging like hell.
Skinceuticals have addressed this problem with their Mineral Eye UV Defence SPF 30 by devising a non-migrating formula so the cream stays put. I’ve tested this out to the point where the tube is now almost finished and I’ve not once had to go through the annoyance of having irritated, watery eyes that’s left my makeup halfway down my face.
It does have quite a silicone-ish texture but this smoothes over fine lines so it acts as an eye primer. It also has a slight tint that helps disguise shadows. Makeup goes on top very smoothly and, most importantly, there’s no balling up.
Full List of Ingredients For Mineral Eye UV Defense SPF 30
858391 12 – Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide (nano), Titanium Dioxide, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Talc, Triethylhexanoin, Isohexadecane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminium Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, CI 77491, CI 77492 CI 77499/Iron Oxides, Aluminium Stearate, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Alumina, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, PEG-8 Laurate, Silica Silylate ,Isododecane, 2-Oleamido-1, 3-Octadecanediol, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, D172626/1
The RRP for the Skinceuticals Mineral Eye UV Defense SPF 30 is £30 for 10ml.
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