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(Of course I think that, but…) For years, as FutureDerm readers know, my favorite product was Skinceuticals CE Ferulic ($129.99, Amazon.com). Yet, after six years of using it daily, the scientist in me started to become aggravated with certain aspects of the product. For one, the vitamin C in each and every bottle started to oxidize when I got towards the bottom, leaving a smelly, crystallized orange mess that aggravated me to no end. For another, I didn’t like the fact that the serum left my skin feeling a bit dry before applying moisturizer. I started to devise ways to create Skinceuticals CE Ferulic without the harsh drying and with longer-lasting vitamin C (and, of course, without violating any patents). As a result, FutureDerm CE Caffeic was born!
1.) Microencapsulation preserves the L-ascorbic acid in FutureDerm CE Caffeic.
FutureDerm CE Caffeic includes 16% vitamin C, including 8% microencapsulated L-ascorbic acid and 8% tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (also known as THA, or BVOSC).
The process by which L-ascorbic acid is microencapsulated is a mechanical process. L-ascorbic acid is wrapped in very small amounts of a safe, protective coating, and then combined into solution with the rest of the formulation. The protective coating is designed to protect L-ascorbic acid from oxidation, pollution, and heat. It is testable, because FutureDerm CE Caffeic Serum has withstood all of our bacterial and heat testing without the slightest tinge of yellow or orange (and no artificial coloring). Of course, the reason why FutureDerm CE Caffeic Serum doesn’t turn yellow or orange because L-ascorbic acid is protected from oxidation. Studies also show microencapsulation of L-ascorbic acid imparts greater stability to light and air (Journal of Microencapsulation, 2001; International Journal of Food Chemistry, 1991).
2.) FutureDerm CE Caffeic leaves the skin soft.
Skinceuticals CE Ferulic contains an alcohol base with propylene glycol and ethoxydiglycol. These alcohols act as thinning agents that dry out the layers of the product, so they are able to penetrate the skin.
However, vitamin C is typically used in the morning, when you may wish to apply a BB cream or foundation with SPF over top. So that got me thinking: Why not use ingredients that are skin-softening and enable vitamin C to reach the skin? FutureDerm CE Caffeic Serum does this in two ways: First, we use an exclusive silicone-based lattice. This lattice feels soft on the skin within seconds of application, but also has molecular gaps that enable vitamins C and E and caffeic acid to still reach the skin. Second, we use a second form of vitamin C the Skinceuticals product doesn’t have, 8% tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate. As published in Dermatologic Surgery, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate penetrates directly into the epidermis (the uppermost layer of skin) and dermis (the deepest layer of skin), even when it is not embedded in an alcohol-based solution or microencapsulated.
So we accomplish the delivery, while making skin soft. Mission accomplished!
3.) Caffeic acid is a better antioxidant than ferulic acid.
FutureDerm CE Caffeic Serum uses caffeic acid instead of ferulic acid. Both caffeic and ferulic acid are forms of hydroxycinnamic acid, from a class of micronutrient antioxidant compounds known as polyphenols. (If this word sounds familiar, it’s probably from Welch’s Grape Juice advertising, as grape seed is a great source of polyphenols. Other sources include green tea, red wine, coffee, and chocolate.)
However, caffeic acid has been shown to have higher antioxidant potential than ferulic acid (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 1997; Cancer Research, 1988). Based on our testing, with regular use, FutureDerm CE Caffeic Serum simply doesn’t need a stabilizing agent because our vitamin C is microencapsulated. As a result, to stay one step ahead of our competitors, we include caffeic acid as an even more potent hydroxycinnamic acid (antioxidant). Boom!
4.) Great benefits in just a few weeks of use!
Of the customers we surveyed, 100% said FutureDerm CE Caffeic Serum left their skin feeling softer after just one use. 80% said FutureDerm CE Caffeic Serum improved the appearance of skin’s texture, and 75% reported lighter sunspots and reduction of uneven spots.
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