Is There a Cheaper Alternative to CE Ferulic?

Ask any dermatologist what their top ingredients are for glowing skin ~ & guaranteed, Vitamin C will be right up there, along with retinols & hyaluronic acid.  Vitamin C reduces signs of aging, fights free radical damage, reduces hyperpigmentation, promotes collagen production, & acts as a topical antioxidant, protecting skin from further damage.  Of the many Vitamin C serums, Skinceuticals’ cult classic CE Ferulic has long been considered the “Gold Standard.”  But at $166 an ounce, it’s PRICEY!  We’ll find out here if there’s a cheaper alternative to this wildly popular CE Ferulic serum…


Is There a Cheaper Alternative to Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Serum? Girl Who Travels the World

If you go to any esthetician & ask their opinion for the BEST performance skincare product on the market, chances are: they’ll tell you Skinceuticals CE Ferulic serum. Photo courtesy of Skinceuticals.

Vitamin C is “a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals. Because of its antioxidant properties, Vitamin C aids your skin’s natural regeneration process, which helps your body repair damaged skin cells.”

Board-Certified Dermatologist Patricia Wexler

Cheaper Alternatives to CE Ferulic

Below, I’m listing three cheaper alternatives to Skinceuticals CE Ferulic serum: 1) Advanced Skin Care’s 15% C + E Ferulic, 2) Korean Skin Care’s 20% Vitamin C + Ferulic Acid Serum, & 3) Paula’s Choice C-15 Super Booster.  I’ve listed the ingredients of Skinceuticals’ formulation directly below; then below each of the other serums, I’ve listed their ingredients as well, so you can do a direct comparison.

Ingredients for Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Serum:  Water, Ethoxydiglycol, L-Ascorbic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Laureth-23, Alpha Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Ferulic Acid, Panthenol, & Sodium Hyaluronate.

To sum it up: the serum with the least amount of ingredients & closest profile to Skinceuticals is Advanced Skin Care.  The Korean Skin Care serum has more ingredients ~ but they’re nearly all organic, with a lot of beneficial extras, like jojoba oil & aloe vera (I’ve used this serum for some time, & though I have sensitive skin ~ it’s only brightened my skin, never bothered it).  Finally, the Paula’s Choice serum has more chemicals in it then I personally like to see (like hydrogenated oils & PEG-40); note that some reviews said this formulation irritated their skin.  Be careful with this one if you have sensitive skin.

15% Vitamin CE Serum


Ingredients: Water, Ethoxydiglycol, 15% L-Ascorbic Acid, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1% Alpha Tocopherol, Laureth-23, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Hyaluronic Acid, 0.5% Ferulic Acid, DL-Panthenol

Korean Skin Care ~ 20% Vitamin C Serum


Ingredients (98% Naturally Derived /72% Organic): Aqua, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Hamamelis Virginiana Water, Cassia Angustifolia Seed (Plant-Based Hyaluronic Acid), Dimethyl Sulfone MSMJ, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange Stem Cells), Callus Culture Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Organic Aloe Leaf Extract. Ferulic Acid, Glycerin (Kosher, Vegetable), Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Gotu Kola Extract, Horsetail Extract, Dandelion Extract, Wild Geranium Extract, Arginine, Acrylates/10-30 alkyl acrylate, Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl-hexylglycerin.

Paula’s Choice C-15 Booster


Ingredients: Water, Ascorbic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Glycerin, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hexanoyl Dipeptide-3 Norleucine Acetate, Lecithin, Ferulic Acid, Panthenol, Bisabolol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Propyl Gallate, Sodium Gluconate, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl-hexylglycerin.

Benefits of Vitamin C for Skin

  • Fights free radical damage (from the sun);
  • Reduces inflammation;
  • Stimulates collagen production;
  • Reverses damage caused by the sun;
  • Brightens skin;
  • Improves skin tone & texture; Fades hyperpigmentation & acne scarring.

Is There a Cheaper Alternative to CE Ferulic?

Peter Thomas Roth is another great brand that can be found on Amazon (or at your local dermatologist); he has an entire line devoted to potent Vitamin C-infused products, some of which can be found below…

xoxo Noelia

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Is There a Cheaper Alternative to Skinceuticals CE Ferulic? Girl Who Travels the World