The apple experiment has been used to test and teach oxidation in science and school settings for decades. But it was only until recently did it go viral on TikTok, which sparked a whole new wave of videos testing the efficacy of beauty products—vitamin C formulas, in particular. The one product that reigned supreme? The best-selling cult classic, SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic.
From drugstore favourites to luxury and cosmeceutical elixirs, vitamin C-powered serums have been put through the test on camera: first, an apple is sliced in half, then a pipette or pump-full of product is sensorially dispensed onto one side of the fruit’s exposed flesh. With one side covered in antioxidant-rich skincare and the other left out in the open without any protection, the hour long wait then reveals the effects of oxidation, where the non-skincare half has turned brown, while the other—if laced with quality vitamin C like SkinCeuticals’—has retained its bright, light yellow-green hue. This showcases how the apple has been successfully shielded from the atmospheric aggressors that can oxidise and visibly age skin.
Antioxidant protection above the rest
Experiments aside, C E Ferulic is as efficacious as it is because 30 years of rigorous skin cancer and antioxidant research, as well as academic science, have gone into its making. SkinCeuticals is, after all, backed by dermatologists and is the number one medical aesthetic skincare brand worldwide. Versus other single antioxidant formulas, this serum boasts a heavily studied, highly synergistic blend of antioxidants that work together to provide superior results. This patented combination comprises 15 percent pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), one percent vitamin E (alpha tocopherol), and 0.5 percent ferulic acid, which together, protect and repair against environmental damage—think ultraviolet rays, extreme climates and pollution plagued by free radicals that can harm the various layers of our skin.
The power of a drop
But what does that mean for our complexions? Well, as thousands of skincare enthusiasts and beauty experts have raved about for years, this supercharged serum delivers safe, gentle and holistic radiance-boosting benefits that cover all the bases—think increasing clarity, evening out skin tone, and fading discolouration or scarring from pesky breakouts. Underneath the surface, C E Ferulic’s antioxidant prowess works hard to repair signs of photodamage and inhibit excess melanin production, which are the underlying causes of hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, dark spots and roughness. 15 percent pure vitamin C also plays a vital role in the body’s natural production of collagen—a protein responsible for skin’s structure—and this helps rejuvenate complexions by rebuilding and restoring firmness, elasticity and tautness over time with consistent use.
This potent formula is also clinically proven to strengthen skin’s natural protection by eight times against sun exposure, pollution and smoke, providing fortified support and protection when paired with your favourite sunscreen. We’re talking about fending off and neutralising free radicals—which damage and weaken skin structure—induced by UVA and UVB exposure, infrared radiation and ozone pollution, as well as emotional and mental stress that can also manifest in wrinkles, sagging skin or dullness and dehydration.
Beyond the ingredients, how skincare is delivered into the skin is another key contributor to a formula’s success. C E Ferulic has been optimised with pure L-ascorbic acid pH levels at 2.0-3.5, in a concentration of 10 to 20 percent, which boasts the ability to deeply penetrate and absorb nicely into the skin without causing any irritation or sensitivities. A precisely-balanced, gentle but effective feat considering its potency.
How to reap the best results
SkinCeuticals’ C E Ferulic is best applied in the morning after cleansing and toning for optimum absorption—all you need to do is pat in four to five drops across your face, neck and chest. Yes, all the way down to your décolletage—trust us when we say you’ll be grateful you did in future. Follow with your regular serums and moisturiser, and of course, the all-essential sunscreen. When antioxidants and broad-spectrum sunscreens are used in tandem, they provide the most complete shield against environmental aggressors—protecting from the inside out—so be sure to slick on a trusty formula, like the brand’s Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50.
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, $248 for 30ml, is available at TANGS at Tang Plaza, BHG at Bugis Junction, and Lazada, as well as partnering skincare professionals nationwide. Visit www.skinceuticals.sg for more information.