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Five Best Vitamin C and E Creams as a Base For Ferulic Acid

Ferulic Acid
July 10, 2013 Reviewed by Marta 15 Comments

After discovering that ferulic acid greatly enhances the performance of creams containing vitamins C and E, I threw in a phial of the stuff into a vitamin C serum by Somme Institute that I had lying around. I gave the bottle a shake and have been fading age spots ever since. The Somme Institute Serum ($82) has a time-released vitamin C and I have been pleased with the results. However, I keep being asked what other creams would provide a good base for ferulic acid. So here is a round up of my Five Best C and E potions.

Suki Complexion Brightening Cream ($54). This one makes a lot of sense. I have tried it on its own (ie: without the addition of ferulic acid) and it works: not on tough age spots, but on freckles and tanned skin. I would imagine that adding in the ferulic could only make it work all the better. Its vitamin C is time-released. The ingredients are all natural and organic.

Isomers Vitamin C Serum MAP + E ($39). This is, as is characteristic of Isomers products, about as uncomplicated as it gets. Vitamin C and linseed oil, plus tocopherol phosphates (a more stable form of plain old vitamin E and a good anti-inflammatory). The form of vitamin C in Isomers is called MAP (Dermalogica also has a MAP cream). Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) is superior to ascorbic acid. It is water soluble and stable and is taken into the cells more easily than the ascorbic. MAP is also better or people with sensitive skin, since ascorbic acid is also an exfolliant. It can last up to 200 days before there is loss of activity. I did read somewhere that the 200 day countdown starts when the cream is produced. If that is true, it is impossible to know reliably how long you've got, unless (unlikely) it comes with a sell-by date.

SkinMedica's Vitamin C Complex ($74) has two types of C: tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate and the more humble L-ascorbic acid. Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate is about as good as it get as it is by far one of the most potent Cs. And, unlike your more run-of-the mill vit Cs, it can be used in high doses, welcomed by sensitive skin and last up to 18 months. There are also two forms of vitamin E in this SkinMedica cream.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster ($40). This got a reviewed and recommended by Claire in August. The headlining ingredient of this serum is vitamin C, of which it contains two kinds: magnesium ascorbyl phosphate and sodium ascorbyl phosphate. Together, this complex gives a 10% concentration. Also near the top of the ingredients list is vitamin E.

Stem Organics Balancing Face Fluid ($58). Most vitamin Cs in cosmetics are synthetically concocted in a lab. Stem's products (the entire range, in fact) has an impressive natural source. Its C comes from kakadu plum. This Australian fruit has more vitamin C than a truck full of oranges. Imagine what it would be like turbo charged with ferulic acid. There is also vitamin E in stable form. And no nasty preservatives.

Ingredients in Suki Complexion Brightening Cream: Infusion Of Organic Roses, Organic Jojoba, Evening Primrose, Rose Hip, Grapeseed and Rice Germ Oils Infused With Organic Roses, Chamomile, Calendula, Comfrey, Lavender, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Rose Wax, Time Release Vitamin C, Flaxseed Extract, Standardized White Willow, Green Tea, Grapeseed, Chamomile Extracts, Organic Calendula, Chamomile, Rose Extracts, L-carnitine Amino Acid, Brewers Yeast Extract, True Wasabi Extract, Lecithin, Gums Arabic and Xanthan, and Pure, Premium, Steam Distilled Essential Oils

Ingredients in Isomers Vitamin C Serum MAP + E: Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP), Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates (Vitamin E Phosphates), Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Ingredients in SkinMedica Vitamin C Complex: Cyclomethicone, L-Ascorbic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Polysilicone-11, Phytantriol, Ethoxydiglycol, Bisabolol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol

Ingredients in Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Oleth-20, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Magnesium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) fruit Extract, Rosa Canina (Rose Hips) Extract, Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright)n Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Leaf Extract, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Benzophenone-4, Dimethicone Copolyol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Citric Acid, Fragrance (Parfum)

Ingredients in Stem Organics Balancing Face Fluid: Organic Aloe, Organic Jojoba Oil, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Vegetable Glycerin, Beta Glucan, Niacinamide (Vit B3), Willow Bark, Cetyl Alcohol, D-alpha Tocopherol (Vit E), Goldenseal Extract, Panthenol (Vit B5), Bearberry Extract, Organic Echinacea Extract, Kakadu Plum Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Little Flannel Flower Bush Flower Essence, Carbomer, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Hydroxy Methylglycinate (amino acid based preservative), Olive Leaf Extract, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Rose Essential Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Lactic Acid

  • February 4, 2016

    by Marta

    Hi Heidi

    You could use both together. I see the Suki as a brightening serum and could just be targeted on problem areas of freckles or uneven skin tone. Either way, you would apply the Suki first and then the Ole.

  • February 4, 2016

    by Heidi Jacobson

    Hi! I have tried samples of both the Suki complexion brightening cream, as well as the Ole Henrickson Truth Serum collegen booster. My question is this: do I use BOTH of them, or one or the other? Also, when do I apply it? Instead of a moisturizer? Before primer and foundation? I am so confused... Thank you in advance.

  • July 24, 2012

    by Laura

    I had tons of age spots on my nose and shoulders, the whole vitamin C being good for fading them really is true. I got a cream at beyas called Monsia moisturizing cream and it faded the spots away in no time :)

  • July 25, 2010

    by Junko

    E'shee's Vitamin C has liposomal delivery.

  • July 24, 2010

    by tman

    The biggest question I have is how much if any of these ingredients gets thru the cell membrane and work? Most problems with anti-aging seems to be two fold. One, the ingredients that "really" work are almost nill. The best ingredients i.e. retinol, matrixyl 3000, vitamin c, copper peptides only allow some minimal "temporary" improvement. Generally, at the expense of skin irritation and redness. The second problem; no ingredients have a liposomal delivery whereby they pierce the outer cell membrane and synergistically interact in an "actual" repair of the cell, or DNA damage.

    I'm sure others with more expertise can elaborate on this topic. Truly we have a ways to go before anti-aging creams are worth their price. There is more hype than truth out there.

  • February 27, 2009

    by claire

    here's an updated post on L-AA

  • February 25, 2009

    by claire

    Hi Lucinda, I've got a few posts coming up on L-ascorbic acid and its derivatives that are updated. Look for them soon.

  • February 19, 2009

    by Lucinda Anderson

    Talk about misinformed! You are incredibly misinformed regarding the formulation of vitamin C, vitamin E, and ferulic acid products. First of all vitamin C must be formulated at a pH of 3.5 or less in order to absorb into the skin and raise antioxidants levels. Second - L-ascorbic acid is the true form of vitamin C - derivatives like your statement - "Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate is about as good as it get" - above - DO NOT get into the skin and may cause more harm than good. I would encourage you to read the medical peer review data that is out there, to support the use of pure vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid), vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), and ferulic acid (found most commonly in bran). Your readers deserve accurate information.

  • February 17, 2009

    by admin

    Your vial of ferulic should say how much it should be diluted by. But, yes, its usually one vial in a one oz solution of your choice.

  • February 16, 2009

    by Rachel

    Do I just pour one vial of Ferulic from into the Ole Henriksen 1Fl. Oz bottle & shake?

  • February 15, 2009

    by TheMan370

    Sometimes, I just don't know what to think anymore.

  • December 28, 2008

    by sana

    hi i wanted to know if all of these creams are safe to be used in conjunction with a dermaroller. plz let me know. best regards.

  • October 22, 2008

    by Marta

    <p>You can get it at Skin Actives <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a><br />
    Or a site called</p>

    <p>Sure you can:</p>

  • October 22, 2008

    by Joye Wagner

    <p>Marta-- how does someone get ferulic acid? Where did you buy it? And one more question: I'm looking to buy a number of products....general face cream, wrinkle eye cream and an overall skin brightener. All the products (that I want) have been reviewed on your site. Do I need to think about combinations? If I email you the combination, could you share your opinion on whether they would work well together? </p>

  • October 10, 2008

    by synergie

    <p>Perfect! I've been stalking Ole Henriksen's Truth Serum for many months now. For some reason walking into Sephora lately makes my mind go blank. I walk over to it, I pick it up, I acknowledge that I wanted to buy it but can't think of a justifiable reason for taking it over to the register, and put it right back. It's going on my list of stuff to grab now (that list requires no justification :-) )</p>

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