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February 3, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 28 Comments

This year we are launching YouTube channel for Truth In Aging. Every week, we'll be uploading new content: product reviews, how tos, or just things that seem interesting. We are kicking off with our new regular item: Product twins: exposing brands that charge more for the exact same product that you can buy more cheaply under another name. In the video, Marta looks at Skinceuticals CE Ferulic and its identical twin by CSS. Would you pay $100 for Skinceuticals?

For more product twins, read Are you paying double for the exact same cosmetic?

  • December 6, 2018

    by Christine

    I understand that SkinCeutical and Cosmetic Skin Solution both have the ingredients Vit. C, E and Ferulic Acid and seem to be considered twin products, but are the percentages of these individual ingredients the same in both products?

  • August 2, 2013

    by Fireflyglows

    Whatever happened to your Product Twin Tuesday? Such a great idea. Would love to see more product comparisons.

  • March 21, 2012

    by P. Duval

    I am so glad I found your site. I have spent too much money on products that make claims they cannot fulfill. I have found that the less expensive products generally work rather well. I would really like to be considered to test your "twin" products. I consider myself objective and love doing critiques.

  • January 16, 2012

    by Annabel grech

    Thankyou for your amazingly informAti
    Be website. I was very interested in the product comparison video as I have used the Skin ceuticals product in the past and thought it was fantastic. . . . .but expensive. I had a total hysterectomy last year and my skin had really deteriorated. I am 45 a
    Nd don't feel ready for my aging skin just yet . . . . . .HELP!
    Looking forward to wctching your next post annabel

  • January 4, 2012

    by Lorraine Thomas

    I have just had 2 skin cancers removed from both lower legs & my skin doctor has recommended I try using skincuticals c e ferulie. I would like to test both of these products.

    Lorraine Thomas

  • July 1, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Naomi, now that you come to mention it there are several ingredients here that are a cause for concern. First is <a href="" rel="nofollow">ethoxydiglycol</a> While the industry body, the CIR found it to be none toxic, it generally contains ether, associated with cancer and allergic reactions.<a href="" rel="nofollow">Propylene glycol</a> is a potential irritant. The preservative <a href="" rel="nofollow">phenoxyethanol</a> is an irritant and potential neurotoxin and <a href="" rel="nofollow">triethanolamine</a> may cause allergic reactions.

  • July 1, 2011

    by Naomi

    Hi Marta, is there any chance you could feature an article on a break down of the ingredients in these products and what they are there for? I am usually careful to use natural products and avoid any 'nasties.' I'm tempted by the CSS serum but notice a few ingredients that may cause concern? Thanks in anticipation.

  • June 26, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Genny, you can buy Cosmetic Solutions at Vitacost. Although I'd be happy to sell them on my website, my policy is to sell the highest quality products that are not widely available and get our customers the best possible deal as well as making sure that members of the community can enjoy special discounts and free shipping.The Vitacost and Cosmetic Solutions business models are to sell at a deep discount to a mass market and so there would be no real benefit that we could offer our customers here at TIA.

  • June 24, 2011

    by Victoria

    Marta, I can appreciate your views on products and their compairsons however NOT ALL CE Ferulics are the same. CE Ferulic from SkinC is the real deal and NO one can state that it actually prevents formation of thyime dimers that are associate with skincancer...NO other product on the market has had the extensive testing and is officially recognized by the medical community or printed in the medical peer review journals. CE Ferulic is a one of a kind product and not all vitamin c's are the same...people need to really understand the studies and just because it's cheaper doesn't always mean it is better or equal...If you would like to have someone test the products then I would strongly suggest you have them do the actual studies on both products to see what prevents againg, reduction of sunburn cells, and preventing skin cancer not to mention enhancing your body's own photo protection by 8x's NO other vitamin C has the ability to do just that other than CE Ferulic by SkinC....

  • June 23, 2011

    by Michelle

    We all like to hear about identical products that can save us some hard earned money. This is a fabulous idea Marta. I would find it very interesting to see if the CSS product does indeed equal the impressive Skinceutical CE Ferulic product. Thanks Marta.

  • June 23, 2011

    by Genny

    Great information! I would love to be a tester for these products! Also, where do you recomend doing a purchase the Cosmetic Solutions product, do you sell them on your web site?

  • June 23, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Susan, I think we all ask that question secretly. The thing is that we are aging. Even if we have faded some wrinkles and repaired some damage, I we are still getting older - cells are dying, while elastin, collagen production is declining etc etc. It is a constant battle that you can just hope stay marginally on the winning side of. I can honestly say that my skin is mostly better than it was three years ago and it is possible to reverse some damage. But it requires constant upkeep and maintenance. There are no silver bullets, but if you set realistic expectations there are products out there that can make a difference.

  • June 22, 2011

    by Susan McPherson

    I have been receiving your extremely informative email newsletters for a long time. I do want to purchase a couple of things, but I have some doubts. If so many of you have used so many products with such good results, haven't a lot you reached the optimum treatment benefits? Now I am speaking of person about 55+. If a product really diminishes wrinkles as many testify, then what lines or wrinkles are there left to remove? If your skin treatment has resulted in bright and even toned skin, then how does a new trial product improve that. Seriously, I am not being sarcastic or nasty. Truly, this is what is holding me back from taking another expensive chance because I have been convinced by testimonies. Any comments would be welcome. Greatly enjoy your newsletter. Keep up the good work. Best Wishes, Susan

  • February 14, 2011

    by Arandjel

    Indeed Marta, you look absolutely radiant. Looking forward to these videos! :)

  • February 11, 2011

    by Kim Mc

    Hello Marta. Just saw your YouTube video re SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic and it's cheaper competitor, Cosmetic Skin Solutions. I use SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic and have done so for about four years. Honestly, I'm a big fan of the product. That said, I love to save money when it makes sense. So, if you still want someone to compare and give their opinion on these two products, I'm your woman! Let me know.

  • February 10, 2011

    by Lindsey E.

    Hi Junko! Yes, subscribe to our YouTube channel! We'll have a few special tid-bits for our subscribers - like gifts, prizes, and one-on-one Q&A's with Marta!

  • February 9, 2011

    by Sharon

    I agree Marta your neck looks wonderful. Thanks for all you do. I would try the 2 C serums but I am DIY and make my own and love it.

  • February 8, 2011

    by Junko

    Just watched the video ~ the camera LOVES you Marta (as do we all)!! The world needs to read, see and hear YOU...Don't Stop!! One day Dr. Oz is gonna fire the crew that didn't read all my 'what I'd like to see on his show' submissions!!! :) Marta, you say to watch the video and 'subscribe', do you mean subscribe to YouTube? If so, what are the benefits of doing that?

  • February 5, 2011

    by marta

    Hi Julie, have a wonderful birthday and decade ahead. You have been with me and TIA almost from the start and being able to connect with readers like you who have been intelligent and encouraging has inspired me to keep pushing forward. I can't thank you enough. So be careful what you wish for! We'll find a way.

  • February 4, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    If I could have "my birthday wish," it would be lunch with you, Marta! I'd love having a convo and sharing a glass of wine in your fav bistro. (singing) "You say vitamins, I say vite'amins: either; Iither let's call the whole thing off!" Four days and counting. Thank you, Thank you for doing what you did to begin Truth in Aging and Fate that turned me on to it! A true gift, I tell ya! I bow to you. Peace ~jk

  • February 4, 2011

    by Susan

    Good to know. I'm putting in an order from TIA today. :-)

  • February 4, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Susan, thanks for kind words. Definately SenZen Infinity. Its a bit too rich for my face - except on dry cold days, but it has done the trick on my neck.

  • February 4, 2011

    by Trice

    Marta - Love your site. Since you are doing twin products I would love if you could find a cheaper version of the Lisa Hoffman A & C serum. I love this serum but if is pricey.

  • February 3, 2011

    by Susan

    Ok, still on the neck here....what do you suggest? Osmosis or SenZen???

  • February 3, 2011

    by Susan

    I loved this!!! You are absolutely stunning! I have to go back and watch it again to look at your neck. :-)
    Your photos do you no justice, but it is particularly good to hear your voice and see a bit of your personality.
    I first became aware of TIA 2 years ago. I am amazed at its progression. Many congratulations!

  • February 3, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    An absolutely brilliant move, Marta! BAM! ~jk

  • February 3, 2011

    by Marta

    Thank you Angela - and completely without makeup except for Osmosis Inner Light. I think the neck turning point came with SenZen Infinity. I noticed one or two comments from people who suffered breakouts on their face with it - they may find it can become a neck cream without going to waste.

  • February 3, 2011

    by Angela J

    Marta, your skin looks fabulous in the video - firm, clear and smooth. But I'm really jealous of your neck - I hope you'll post an update on your neck/decollete regimen.

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