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The Science Behind SkinCeuticals

Since its founding in 1997, SkinCeuticals established itself as a leader in advanced skincare with a dedication to science and research, and with innovation at the core of its mission.

 

Created after decades of skin cancer research on the benefits of antioxidants, SkinCeuticals’ formulations are proven to penetrate the skin and deliver highly concentrated pure actives. Used and approved by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and medical spas, SkinCeuticals products even complement aesthetic procedures as they aim to correct signs of aging, protect healthy skin, and prevent future damage.

 

Founding scientist and chief medical advisor Dr. Sheldon Pinnell established SkinCeuticals as the skincare industry’s leading authority for topical antioxidants. By incorporating powerful antioxidants into elixirs, Pinnell found a way to prevent skin damage from harmful elements like free radicals, pollution, and sunlight, while also counteracting cellular degeneration.

 

His trailblazing studies—and 40 years of groundbreaking research and development in preventing skin aging and cancer—led him to patent a stable form of vitamin C that successfully penetrates the skin, giving it eight times its natural antioxidant protection. That 1992 Duke Antioxidant Patent became the brand’s core and in 1997 the line launched with two products: Serum 10 and Serum 15. These topical solutions developed by Pinnell forever changed the way people care for their skin and propelled SkinCeuticals to the gold standard of antioxidant skincare today.

 

SkinCeuticals developed the use of cosmeceuticals, which are cosmetic products with medically beneficial bioactive ingredients; a hybrid of prescription-based products and over-the-counter cosmetics, if you will. They are clinically proven to enhance skincare effectiveness and are designed to combat visible signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and sagging skin.

 

In 2004, SkinCeuticals began using an integrated skincare approach by partnering with professionals like dermatologists and plastic surgeons and having them offer advanced skincare solutions to their in-office patients. This enabled the brand to develop a customized approach to each patient’s specific individual needs and deliver optimal results. The products are designed to work well alone but yield even greater results when combined as part of a customized regimen.

 

2005 brought the launch of one of SkinCeuticals’ most celebrated products, C E Ferulic which combines ferulic acid with vitamins C and E. This Holy Grail of serums has been clinically proven to reduce combined oxidative damage from free radicals by up to 41% and remain effective for a minimum of 72 hours. Even the tinted brown bottles are specifically designed to protect the delicate elixir inside from light exposure.

 

Marking its 25th anniversary this year, SkinCeuticals continues to build on Pinnell’s research by creating new products based on his findings and ideas. Considered the #1 medical skincare in the U.S. and branded “the antioxidant authority,” they have produced four generations of topical antioxidants, 10 patents, and more than 200 published clinical studies.

 

Pinnell passed away in July of 2013, but his legacy lives on through the ongoing passion and dedication SkinCeuticals continues to put into research and product formulations. Today the brand has the same science-driven approach that amassed a cult following among celebrities, models, and influencers alike. The product line has also expanded to include an entire range of quality-tested skincare solutions that improve the skin’s health and appearance second to none.

 

SkinCeuticals Best Sellers:

 

C E Ferulic

Their flagship and most popular product, C E Ferulic features a combination of 15% pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), 1% vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), and 0.5% ferulic acid to help shield skin from environmental damage while brightening its appearance. It’s also proven to decrease visible signs of aging and photodamage by reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of firmness. It is paraben-free and suitable for all skin types.

 

Phloretin C F

This powerful antioxidant serum contains 2% phloretin (from apples and root bark of fruit trees), 10% pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), and 0.5% ferulic acid for preventing existing and future skin discoloration while improving overall tone. It is best for normal, oily, and combination skin types, and it is paraben, fragrance, and dye-free.

 

Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2

The numbers in the name of this anti-aging cream refer to the cholesterol dominant ratio of 2% ceramides 1 and 3, 4% natural cholesterol, and 2% fatty acids which help restore the skin’s exterior barrier while nourishing and supporting self-repair. It improves the appearance of skin fullness, evenness, texture, and radiance. This cream is best for aging, normal, and dry skin types, and it is paraben and dye-free.

 

Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier

With 1.3% hyaluronic acid, proxylane, licorice root, and purple rice extracts, this multi-beneficial corrective serum improves facial firmness, smoothness, and plumpness while hydrating the surface. It boosts the skin’s hyaluronic acid levels by 30%, leaving it super smooth and glowy. This serum is suitable for all skin types and is both paraben and dye-free.

 

Hydrating B5 Gel

This oil-free hydrating serum combines vitamin B5 with hyaluronic acid to restore the skin’s radiance. It provides optimal hydration without the clogging pores and leaves skin smooth, soft, and glowing. While this serum is ideal for acne-prone complexions, it’s compatible with all skin types and is paraben, alcohol, dye, and fragrance-free.

 

Blemish + Age Defense

With 2% dioic acid to reduce excess oil, 0.3% lipo hydroxy acid to decongest pores, and 1.5% salicylic acid to repel oil, combined with two alpha-hydroxy acids for light exfoliation, this serum combats blemishes, blotchiness, and uneven skin tone while reducing visible signs of aging. It improves the overall skin texture, leaving oily, combination, and aging skin types smoother, brighter, and more even.

 

AOX + Eye Gel

A groundbreaking serum, this eye gel features a combination of vitamin C, ferulic acid, phloretin, and caffeine to protect the skin from damaging free radicals while reducing signs of fatigue, wrinkling, puffiness, and undereye circles. Ideal for most skin types, this gel serum is paraben, alcohol, fragrance, and dye-free.

 

A.G.E. Interrupter

This revolutionary anti-wrinkle cream fights visible signs of aging skin caused by advanced glycation end-products (A.G.E.) to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin texture. It’s formulated with an unprecedented 30% concentration of proxylane along with blueberry extract and phytosphingosine, all of which work together to restore the skin’s firmness and elasticity. It is best for dry, normal, and sensitive skin types, and is alcohol and dye-free.

 

Gentle Cleanser

A gentle, effective, non-irritating creamy formula, this cleanser uses plenty of moisturizing and soothing ingredients such as allantoin, glycerin, and orange oil to soften and restore the skin’s surface. Effectively lifting surface debris while removing impurities and makeup, this creamy cleanser leaves no trace of residue. It is suitable for most skin types and is paraben, sulfate, soap, alcohol, fragrance, and dye-free.

 

Daily Moisture

This lightweight face moisturizer protects the skin from environmental damage as it restores and maintains moisture. Infused with vitamin E, three nutrient-rich algae extracts, and a blend of seven botanical extracts to help reduce pore size, it leaves skin feeling super soft and smooth with no greasy residue. It is perfect for both normal and oily skin types.

For questions, concerns, or article ideas, feel free to reach out to our eCosmetics Beauty Editor directly at [email protected]

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The Science Behind SkinCeuticals

Since its founding in 1997, SkinCeuticals established itself as a leader in advanced skincare with a dedication to science and research, and with innovation at the core of its mission.

 

Created after decades of skin cancer research on the benefits of antioxidants, SkinCeuticals’ formulations are proven to penetrate the skin and deliver highly concentrated pure actives. Used and approved by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and medical spas, SkinCeuticals products even complement aesthetic procedures as they aim to correct signs of aging, protect healthy skin, and prevent future damage.

 

Founding scientist and chief medical advisor Dr. Sheldon Pinnell established SkinCeuticals as the skincare industry’s leading authority for topical antioxidants. By incorporating powerful antioxidants into elixirs, Pinnell found a way to prevent skin damage from harmful elements like free radicals, pollution, and sunlight, while also counteracting cellular degeneration.

 

His trailblazing studies—and 40 years of groundbreaking research and development in preventing skin aging and cancer—led him to patent a stable form of vitamin C that successfully penetrates the skin, giving it eight times its natural antioxidant protection. That 1992 Duke Antioxidant Patent became the brand’s core and in 1997 the line launched with two products: Serum 10 and Serum 15. These topical solutions developed by Pinnell forever changed the way people care for their skin and propelled SkinCeuticals to the gold standard of antioxidant skincare today.

 

SkinCeuticals developed the use of cosmeceuticals, which are cosmetic products with medically beneficial bioactive ingredients; a hybrid of prescription-based products and over-the-counter cosmetics, if you will. They are clinically proven to enhance skincare effectiveness and are designed to combat visible signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and sagging skin.

 

In 2004, SkinCeuticals began using an integrated skincare approach by partnering with professionals like dermatologists and plastic surgeons and having them offer advanced skincare solutions to their in-office patients. This enabled the brand to develop a customized approach to each patient’s specific individual needs and deliver optimal results. The products are designed to work well alone but yield even greater results when combined as part of a customized regimen.

 

2005 brought the launch of one of SkinCeuticals’ most celebrated products, C E Ferulic which combines ferulic acid with vitamins C and E. This Holy Grail of serums has been clinically proven to reduce combined oxidative damage from free radicals by up to 41% and remain effective for a minimum of 72 hours. Even the tinted brown bottles are specifically designed to protect the delicate elixir inside from light exposure.

 

Marking its 25th anniversary this year, SkinCeuticals continues to build on Pinnell’s research by creating new products based on his findings and ideas. Considered the #1 medical skincare in the U.S. and branded “the antioxidant authority,” they have produced four generations of topical antioxidants, 10 patents, and more than 200 published clinical studies.

 

Pinnell passed away in July of 2013, but his legacy lives on through the ongoing passion and dedication SkinCeuticals continues to put into research and product formulations. Today the brand has the same science-driven approach that amassed a cult following among celebrities, models, and influencers alike. The product line has also expanded to include an entire range of quality-tested skincare solutions that improve the skin’s health and appearance second to none.

 

SkinCeuticals Best Sellers:

 

C E Ferulic

Their flagship and most popular product, C E Ferulic features a combination of 15% pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), 1% vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), and 0.5% ferulic acid to help shield skin from environmental damage while brightening its appearance. It’s also proven to decrease visible signs of aging and photodamage by reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of firmness. It is paraben-free and suitable for all skin types.

 

Phloretin C F

This powerful antioxidant serum contains 2% phloretin (from apples and root bark of fruit trees), 10% pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), and 0.5% ferulic acid for preventing existing and future skin discoloration while improving overall tone. It is best for normal, oily, and combination skin types, and it is paraben, fragrance, and dye-free.

 

Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2

The numbers in the name of this anti-aging cream refer to the cholesterol dominant ratio of 2% ceramides 1 and 3, 4% natural cholesterol, and 2% fatty acids which help restore the skin’s exterior barrier while nourishing and supporting self-repair. It improves the appearance of skin fullness, evenness, texture, and radiance. This cream is best for aging, normal, and dry skin types, and it is paraben and dye-free.

 

Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier

With 1.3% hyaluronic acid, proxylane, licorice root, and purple rice extracts, this multi-beneficial corrective serum improves facial firmness, smoothness, and plumpness while hydrating the surface. It boosts the skin’s hyaluronic acid levels by 30%, leaving it super smooth and glowy. This serum is suitable for all skin types and is both paraben and dye-free.

 

Hydrating B5 Gel

This oil-free hydrating serum combines vitamin B5 with hyaluronic acid to restore the skin’s radiance. It provides optimal hydration without the clogging pores and leaves skin smooth, soft, and glowing. While this serum is ideal for acne-prone complexions, it’s compatible with all skin types and is paraben, alcohol, dye, and fragrance-free.

 

Blemish + Age Defense

With 2% dioic acid to reduce excess oil, 0.3% lipo hydroxy acid to decongest pores, and 1.5% salicylic acid to repel oil, combined with two alpha-hydroxy acids for light exfoliation, this serum combats blemishes, blotchiness, and uneven skin tone while reducing visible signs of aging. It improves the overall skin texture, leaving oily, combination, and aging skin types smoother, brighter, and more even.

 

AOX + Eye Gel

A groundbreaking serum, this eye gel features a combination of vitamin C, ferulic acid, phloretin, and caffeine to protect the skin from damaging free radicals while reducing signs of fatigue, wrinkling, puffiness, and undereye circles. Ideal for most skin types, this gel serum is paraben, alcohol, fragrance, and dye-free.

 

A.G.E. Interrupter

This revolutionary anti-wrinkle cream fights visible signs of aging skin caused by advanced glycation end-products (A.G.E.) to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin texture. It’s formulated with an unprecedented 30% concentration of proxylane along with blueberry extract and phytosphingosine, all of which work together to restore the skin’s firmness and elasticity. It is best for dry, normal, and sensitive skin types, and is alcohol and dye-free.

 

Gentle Cleanser

A gentle, effective, non-irritating creamy formula, this cleanser uses plenty of moisturizing and soothing ingredients such as allantoin, glycerin, and orange oil to soften and restore the skin’s surface. Effectively lifting surface debris while removing impurities and makeup, this creamy cleanser leaves no trace of residue. It is suitable for most skin types and is paraben, sulfate, soap, alcohol, fragrance, and dye-free.

 

Daily Moisture

This lightweight face moisturizer protects the skin from environmental damage as it restores and maintains moisture. Infused with vitamin E, three nutrient-rich algae extracts, and a blend of seven botanical extracts to help reduce pore size, it leaves skin feeling super soft and smooth with no greasy residue. It is perfect for both normal and oily skin types.

For questions, concerns, or article ideas, feel free to reach out to our eCosmetics Beauty Editor directly at [email protected]