Which Vitamin C or Antioxidant is Best?



We recently brought on several of the Revision Skincare products including their Vitamin C+ serum. This got a discussion going about the differences among our Vitamin C and antioxidant products. We often have clients ask which is the better product....but really it comes down to what issues you want to target and what skin type you have.


Why do you need an antioxidant? Simply put, antioxidants neutralize free radicals which damage your skin and contribute to the signs of aging. Free radicals cause damage to cells, proteins and DNA and this damage can appear as changes in skin color, weakened or saggy skin, and wrinkles. Antioxidants neutralize the free radicals and help protect and prevent from further environmental damage.


Benefits of antioxidants in general:

  • Help speed up the skin's natural repair process

  • Inhibit further damage from UV rays

  • Act as a preventative for further sun damage

  • Help your skin heal faster after laser or microneedling procedures

  • Help prevent sunburns


The antioxidants we carry are:

Skin Ceuticals CE Ferulic, Phloretin CF + Silymarin CF

Skin Better’s Alto

Revision’s Vitamin C+ Correcting Complex


Which product is the right one for you?


CE FERULIC (Skin Ceuticals)

Features a synergistic antioxidant combination of 15% pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), 1% vitamin E, and 0.5% ferulic acid to enhance protection against environmental damage caused by free radicals. C E Ferulic is now proven to reduce combined oxidative damage generated by UVA/UVB rays, ozone pollution, and diesel engine exhaust by up to 41%.


It is good for:

Dry Skin

Combination Skin

Normal Skin

It helps:

Brightens complexion

Improve firmness

Replenishes lipids

Reduces wrinkles

Is effective for 72 hours without reapplying

Protects again UVA, UVB and infrared radiation A, making it a great compliment to SPF


PHLORETIN CF (Skin Ceuticals)

Phloretin is highly effective at improving skin clarity, so this is great for those of you with hyper-pigmentation. It also reduces inflammation in the skin that is caused by environmental toxins.


It is good for:

Oily skin

Problematic skin

Normal skin


It helps:

Dramatically reduce pigmentation issues

Even skin tone

Improve radiance

Retexturize skin

Diminish lines


SILYMARIN CF (Skin Ceuticals)

An oil-free vitamin C serum formulated specifically for oily and blemish-prone skin types. It aims to target the underlying causes of acne (including oxidative stress).

Silymarin CF combines 0.5% silymarin (milk thistle extract), 15% l-ascorbic acid, 0.5% ferulic acid and 0.5% salicylic acid to help prevent oil oxidation that can lead to breakouts, and visible signs of aging.


It is good for:

Oily and problematic or acneic skin

Aging skin

Combination skin


It helps:

Provide advanced antioxidant protection from environmental aggressors Prevent oil oxidation that can lead to breakouts Reduce oiliness Minimize pore appearance and refine skin texture Improve skin clarity, radiance, and uneven skin tone Improve the appearance of fine lines

ALTO DEFENSE SERUM (Skin Better Science)

Unlike the Skin Ceuticals serums, this one is in an airtight pump and the consistency is more like a cream than a true serum. It boasts 19 antioxidant ingredients for some serious antioxidant protection. It is appropriate for all skin types but is perfect for those with redness or rosacea. Allure Magazine recently featured Alto: “Its impressive medley of antioxidants — vitamins C and E, coenzyme Q10, grape seed extract, cocoa, turmeric, green tea, coffee, superoxide dismutase and more — [work] in synergy to provide skin with a sort of blanket protection. This combination alone is considered ‘somewhat of a milestone for antioxidants.”


It helps:

Enhance skin vitality and radiance

Promotes an even skin tone

Reduces appearance of redness

Brightens the skin


C+ CORRECTING COMPLEX (Revision Skincare)

This product is all about brightening. It is contains their MelaPATH technology that illuminates, refines, and rejuvenates. C+ Correcting Complex 30% defends and corrects the skin-damaging effects of free radicals generated by environmental stressors including visible light (HEV or blue light).


It helps:

Brightens and evens the appearance of skin tone

Helps to support the skin’s natural production of Vitamins C and E

Improves the appearance of fine lines

Supports the skin’s Microbiome with prebiotic technology



Take-home point: start using one of these antioxidants and you will find yourself looking better quickly: firmer skin, glowing skin, clearer skin…it’s a no brainer. Be sure to pair your antioxidants with a physical sunscreen (like Elta MD) for the perfect blend of sun protection, skin repair, and skin health!