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Truth: Not all skincare products are created equally. Also true: SkinCeuticals products are, in our humble opinion, often a cut above the rest. That’s because the brand relies on hardcore science when formulating its many cutting edge formulations. So it’s no wonder that beauty editors and real women alike are such huge fans. And they offer a pretty wide range—whether you want to fade dark spots, protect your skin from free radical damage, or address a whole host of other skin concerns, SkinCeuticals has something for you in the product line.
From a seriously potent vitamin C serum to an ultra-soothing hyaluronic acid and cucumber gel, these are the best SkinCeuticals products for healthy, glowing skin.
There’s a reason this daily antioxidant serum is beloved by just about everyone who’s ever used it. The 15% pure vitamin C (a.k.a. l-ascorbic acid) in the formula shields your skin from damaging free radical molecules in the environment and brightens your complexion, while 1% vitamin E puts the kibosh on free radicals and restores skin lipids (fats that keep your skin strong and moisturized). On top of all that, .5% ferulic acid—a plant-based antioxidant—enhances the benefits of both vitamin C and E for maximum benefits.
If dark spots are a concern for you, look no further than this antioxidant serum, jam-packed with ingredients to help minimize existing discoloration and prevent new dark spots from forming. The star of this formula is 2% phloretin, an antioxidant that comes from apples and root bark of fruit trees like apple and pear. Phloretin increases cell turnover and improves the look of dark spots. Plus, 10% pure vitamin C protects you from free radical damage (which can cause discoloration).
One of the most moisturizing ingredients you can slather on your face is hyaluronic acid. Enter this serum, which contains 1.3% hyaluronic acid for hydration that lasts all day. It’s also formulated with SkinCeuticals’ proprietary Proxylane, which supports your skin’s hyaluronic acid levels and improves firmness. Reviewers rave about how this serum makes their skin look smoother and feel firmer.
Wrinkles, discoloration, and sagging skin are a fact of life, but you can minimize them with the right routine. If signs of aging concern you, then this moisturizer should be a key weapon in your arsenal. Essential lipids—cholesterol, ceramides, and fatty acids—increase elasticity, while vitamin E and essential oils defend your skin against damaging molecules in the environment. Users of this moisturizer say their skin has never looked smoother, brighter, or healthier.
As you age, your skin produces less and less collagen (the building block of strong, firm skin), and wrinkles form as a result. This wrinkle-fighting treatment works to keep high levels of collagen in your skin. The formula features a 30% concentration of the brand’s proprietary Proxylane antioxidant, as well as 4% blueberry extract and .2% phytosphingosine (a lipid) to help prevent skin thinning that comes with age and diminish the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots.
You may have heard of resveratrol before—it’s the powerful antioxidant found in red wine. It’s also found in this nighttime serum, which has a whole lot of benefits for your complexion. The combo of resveratrol, baicalin, and pure vitamin E brighten skin and improve elasticity, in addition to neutralizing free radicals that cause visible signs of aging. These ingredients also help to improve firmness and restore lipids so your skin feels oh-so-smooth.
Sunscreen is a skincare essential, but you don’t have to walk around looking greasy all day. This formula is matte, so you never have to worry about midday shine. It has a physical formula that utilizes zinc oxide to protect your skin, making it a great pick for sensitive skin types who can’t tolerate chemical sunscreen. It also has a tint that works on all skin tones. Reviewers love its silky-smooth, lightweight feel.
If you’ve ever visited the derm to ask them what you could to do look younger, then you’re likely familiar with retinol—it’s the gold star of anti-aging treatments. This nighttime retinol cream contains 1% of the potent ingredient, which comes from vitamin A and promotes cell turnover for fresher, younger-looking skin. As a bonus, retinol also helps keep breakouts in check.
It is true that retinol can be irritating, meaning this cream is best for those whose skin has already been accustomed to the ingredient. To combat retinol-related irritation, this cream contains calming ingredients, such as bisabolol, which is derived from chamomile.
Acne doesn’t always go away after you exit your teen years. Sometimes it appears for the first time for adults in their 30s, 40s, and even 50s, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Also known as adult acne, those who have it know how difficult it is to treat both pimples and wrinkles. So you’ll want to get familiar with this acne treatment, which is formulated with 2% dioic acid and a combination of alpha and beta hydroxy acids that do everything from unclog pores to reduce the appearance of fine lines and discoloration.
Do you feel like your moisturizer just isn’t cutting it anymore? Pump up the effects of your moisturizer with this super-hydrating gel. Hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 help enhance the effectiveness of your moisturizer so your skin feels smoother. It has a lightweight feel and won’t clog pores—plus it’s free of irritating alcohols, dyes, and fragrances.
Dark spots, whether caused by the sun or previous acne marks, are notoriously difficult to get rid of—but this serum makes the process easier. It’s chock full of ingredients that effectively diminish discoloration and brighten your complexion—including 3% tranexamic acid, 1% kojic acid, and 5% niacinamide. It’s also a great complement to in-office dark spot-lightening treatments, like chemical peels and lasers.
Another top ingredient to add to your skincare routine: glycolic acid. This alpha hydroxy acid exfoliates dead skin cells for more radiant, even-looking skin. This night cream is powered by 10% glycolic acid, as well as 2% phytic acid (which comes from legumes and seeds and brightens skin) and a soothing complex made up of natural oils and botanicals including jojoba and sunflower seed to lock moisture in.
Everyone needs a good cleanser in their routine and this one fits the bill perfectly, especially if you have dry or sensitive skin. The non-irritating formula gets rid of dirt, oil, and makeup without stripping the skin. Customers like that it’s creamy without being greasy and the fact that it leaves skin feeling fresh and clean without overly drying it out.
When it comes to taking care of your skin, it’s easy to forget about your lips. But they deserve to be treated well too—in fact, because the skin of your lips is so thin and delicate, it often shows signs of aging first. This anti-aging lip treatment contains herbal extracts, peptides, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E to protect your lips from sun damage and smooth and soften them.
Putting together a skincare routine for sensitive skin can be tricky—you never know what’s going to irritate your complexion. But this soothing gel takes some of the guesswork out of the process. The oil-free formula contains hyaluronic acid and herbal extracts to calm inflamed skin. It also gently brightens and minimizes dark spots.
Under-eye puffiness doesn’t stand a chance against this refreshing gel serum. It’s formulated especially for your delicate under-eye area with a host of ingredients that reduce puffiness, like caffeine, and protect your skin from environmental damage, like vitamin C. Reviewers love how lightweight the texture of this eye gel is, as well as how refreshing it feels when applied to the skin.