Months ago when I posted a photo of one of SkinCeuticals’ latest launches to my Instagram Stories, pandemonium ensued. Instantly, I was flooded with DMs questioning what it was, if I’d tried it, when it would be available, if it was single (jk, but you get my point).
The reaction was insane, and honestly, I think I would have drawn less attention if I had posted a selfie with Chris Hemsworth. You see, SkinCeuticals is beloved by too many celebrities to count and often recommended by the top dermatologists It’s lusted after by us mere mortals too. The price points are high, but so is the efficacy, and the brand’s most popular formula, C E Ferulic ($166), might just be the most iconic, famous, and universally used and/or wish-listed skincare item in the universe.
I realize this sounds dramatic, but I’m actually being quite serious. Due to the popularity of the brand, whenever there’s a new launch (which isn’t often, mind you), we skincare lovers get very excited. Especially when said launches promise to work overnight to gift us with a smoother, brighter, and healthier complexion. Featuring a free-acid value of 10% glycolic acid, the brand’s still relatively new exfoliating night cream promises effective exfoliation and natural turnover all before you slap snooze the following morning.
The term “free acid value” refers to the pure strength of the glycolic acid itself, and according to the brand’s website, it’s influenced by the concentration of the acid in tandem with the pH of the formula. To ensure utmost quality and efficacy, SkinCeuticals went ahead and blended the exciting new cream with 2% phytic acid, which further encourages the clarity and brightness of a dull, fatigued complexion. But does it actually work?
Although the formula claims to work for all skin types (the website insinuates oily, normal, sensitive, and dry), in addition to its triple action-soothing complex for a happy and healthy skin barrier, an experiment was definitely called for. So I grabbed my fellow beauty editor, Courtney Higgs, in addition to a couple other beauty-loving co-workers at the Who What Wear office and passed out some samples.
Since all of us have different skin types, different skincare routines, and different expectations when it comes to the products we choose, it was the perfect way to put one of SkinCeuticals’ buzziest launches to the ultimate test. Keep scrolling for our honest reviews and some bare-faced selfies for good measure.