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Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of Paula's Choice C15 Super Booster US versus Geek & Gorgeous C-Glow 15% Vitamin C Serum .

Last updated on November 03, 2023. Published on October 20, 2021

Overview

What they are

These products are both cruelty-free and reef safe . They have a total of 8 ingredients in common

Cool Features

They both contain Vitamin C and Vitamin E

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for anti aging, dry skin, brightening skin, scar healing, dark spots and better texture

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, parabens, silicones or sulfates

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Facial Treatment American Brand United States
Serum Hungarian Brand Hungary

Facial Treatment

Facial treatments are specially designed to treat a skin concern. Acne treatments and anti-aging products are common examples of facial treatments.

Serum

Serums are highly concentrated with ingredients to provide skin with benefits. They should be used after cleansing and before moisturizing.

Price

Ingredient Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free

At a glance

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Notable Ingredients

Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Hyaluronic Acid
Peptides

Benefits

Hydrating (2)
Redness Reducing
Reduces Irritation (2)
Skin Texture
Anti-Aging (3)
Dark Spots
Scar Healing (2)
Brightening (3)

Concerns

Irritating

Notable Ingredients

Vitamin C
Vitamin E

Benefits

Hydrating
Redness Reducing
Skin Texture
Anti-Aging (3)
Dark Spots
Scar Healing (2)
Brightening (2)

Concerns

Irritating
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Ingredients Explained

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1
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

So why is it so popular? Water most often acts as a solvent - this means that it helps dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

You'll also recognize water as that liquid we all need to stay alive. Talk about multi-purpose! If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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Paula's Choice C15 Super Booster US contains this as ingredient number 1.

Geek & Gorgeous C-Glow 15% Vitamin C Serum contains this as ingredient number 1.

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What it does: Antioxidant, Buffering, Masking, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Loved

Ascorbic Acid is is pure Vitamin C. This form makes up the largest amount of vitamin C found naturally in our skin.

Not only is vitamin C great for your overall health and immune system, it also has plenty of benefits on your skin.

Vitamin C is best used for brightening skin. It improves dark spots, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation. This is because it blocks the process of skin darkening when exposed to UV.

Remember: Vitamin C should not replace sunscreen!

Your skin uses vitamin C to build collagen. Collagen is one key component in having a strong skin barrier and plump skin. Vitamin C also plays a role in regulating collagen, thus making it effective in improving wrinkles and fine lines.

Ascorbic acid shows potent antioxidant activity. As an antioxidant, it helps fight free-radicals. Free-radicals are molecules that may damage your skin cells. These antioxidants also protect skin against UV damage.

The best formulations include Vitamin E and/or ferulic acid. These two ingredients help stabilize and provide a boost in the benefits of ascorbic acid. This is because ascorbic acid becomes unstable when exposed to UV and air. In fact, you can tell your ascorbic acid has oxidized when it turns an orange-yellow color.

Ascorbic acid is generally compatible with other ingredients. However, using ascorbic acid with other active ingredients might cause irritation. Two ingredients: copper ions and benzoyl peroxide, will inactivate ascorbic acid completely.

Read more about other types of Vitamin C:

Foods rich with vitamin C include oranges, strawberries, broccoli, bell peppers, and more. When consuming Vitamin C, your skin receives a portion of the nutrients.

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Paula's Choice C15 Super Booster US contains this as ingredient number 2.

Geek & Gorgeous C-Glow 15% Vitamin C Serum contains this as ingredient number 2.

3
What it does: Humectant, Masking, Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Mixed

Butylene Glycol (or BG) is used within cosmetic products for a few different reasons:

  • It is a solvent, meaning that it helps to dissolve other ingredients. This also enhances the absorption of the product into one's skin.
  • It is a humectant, which means that it helps attract moisture into the skin.
  • It helps improve product application.

Overall, Butylene Glycol is a safe and well-rounded ingredient. It is unlikely to irritate skin, and works well with pretty much all other ingredients.

Paula's Choice C15 Super Booster US contains this as ingredient number 3.

Geek & Gorgeous C-Glow 15% Vitamin C Serum contains this as ingredient number 4.

4
What it does: Antioxidant, Masking, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Liked

Tocopherol (also known as Vitamin E) is a common antioxidant used to help protect the skin from free-radicals and strengthen the skin barrier. It's also fat soluble - this means our skin is great at absorbing it.

Vitamin E also helps keep your natural skin lipids healthy. Your lipid skin barrier naturally consists of lipids, ceramides, and fatty acids. Vitamin E offers extra protection for your skin’s lipid barrier, keeping your skin healthy and nourished.

Another benefit is a bit of UV protection. Vitamin E helps reduce the damage caused by UVB rays. (It should not replace your sunscreen). Combining it with Vitamin C can decrease sunburned cells and hyperpigmentation after UV exposure.

You might have noticed Vitamin E + C often paired together. This is because it is great at stabilizing Vitamin C. Using the two together helps increase the effectiveness of both ingredients.

There are often claims that Vitamin E can reduce/prevent scarring, but these claims haven't been confirmed by scientific research.

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Paula's Choice C15 Super Booster US contains this as ingredient number 9.

Geek & Gorgeous C-Glow 15% Vitamin C Serum contains this as ingredient number 7.

5
What it does: Antimicrobial, Antioxidant
Community Rating: Loved

Ferulic Acid is a plant based antioxidant. Antioxidants help fight free-radicals. Free-radicals are molecules that may damage your skin cells. Ferulic Acid can help reduce the formation of fine lines and hyperpigmentation.

When used with Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid has shown to prevent Vitamin C from breaking down. In other words, it acts as a stabilizer.

Ferulic Acid is sometimes used to preserve food. Foods containing Ferulic Acid include: oats, rice, eggplant, citrus.

In medicine, Ferulic Acid is being studied for helping with diabetes, Alzheimer's, and cardiovascular diseases.

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Paula's Choice C15 Super Booster US contains this as ingredient number 13.

Geek & Gorgeous C-Glow 15% Vitamin C Serum contains this as ingredient number 6.

6
What it does: Buffering
Community Rating: Mixed

Sodium Hydroxide is also known as lye or caustic soda. It is used to adjust the pH of products; many ingredients require a specific pH to be effective.

In small amounts, sodium hydroxide is considered safe to use. However, large amounts may cause chemical burns due to its high alkaline.

Your skin has a natural pH and acid mantle. This acid mantle helps prevent harmful bacteria from breaking through. The acid mantle also helps keep your skin hydrated.

"Alkaline" refers to a high pH level. A low pH level would be considered acidic.

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Paula's Choice C15 Super Booster US contains this as ingredient number 19.

Geek & Gorgeous C-Glow 15% Vitamin C Serum contains this as ingredient number 10.

7
What it does: Preservative
Community Rating: Very Disliked

Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that has germicide, antimicrobial, and aromatic properties. Studies show that phenoxyethanol can prevent germ and microbial growth. By itself, it has a scent that is similar to that of a rose.

It's often used in formulations along with Caprylyl Glycol to preserve the shelf life of products.

Paula's Choice C15 Super Booster US contains this as ingredient number 20.

Geek & Gorgeous C-Glow 15% Vitamin C Serum contains this as ingredient number 8.

8
What it does: Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Mixed

Ethylhexylglycerin (we can't pronounce this either) is commonly used as a preservative and skin softener. It is derived from glyceryl.

You might see Ethylhexylglycerin often paired with other preservatives such as phenoxyethanol. Ethylhexylglycerin has been found to increase the effectiveness of these other preservatives.

Paula's Choice C15 Super Booster US contains this as ingredient number 21.

Geek & Gorgeous C-Glow 15% Vitamin C Serum contains this as ingredient number 9.

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

48% are loved or liked
29% have mixed ratings
19% are disliked or very disliked
5% have no rating yet
40% are loved or liked
50% have mixed ratings
10% are disliked or very disliked
0% have no rating yet

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Reviews

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Paula's Choice C15 Super Booster 21 ingredients

4.5 /5
from 4 ratings
Absorbs Well (1) Expensive (1) Light (1) Strong Scent (1) Works Well (1)
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Manateepiglet

3 days ago Β· Unsure Skin
Review

Makes my skin soft and absorbs well but it’s very expensive and smells like hot dog water

Geek & Gorgeous C-Glow 15% Vitamin C Serum 10 ingredients

4.6 /5
from 7 ratings
No Scent (3) Works Well (3) Great Value (3) Absorbs Well (2) Light (2) Irritating (1)
channelorange's avatar

channelorange

2 months ago Β· Dry Skin
Review

the best affordable vitamin c serum u can get, period. u see ACTUAL improvement in ur hyperpigmentation, no fragrance, no oily residue, absorbs...

the best affordable vitamin c serum u can get, period. u see ACTUAL improvement in ur hyperpigmentation, no fragrance, no oily residue, absorbs quickly, has a water like texture, save for every skin type, should i say more?

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AnaG

2 months ago Β· Dry Skin
Review

Great price, great ingredients, fresh. I notice the effects in my skin. Big but not for sensitive skin. I am an stubborn girl so I made it work....

Great price, great ingredients, fresh. I notice the effects in my skin. Big but not for sensitive skin. I am an stubborn girl so I made it work. For a long time my morning routine was this and a lot of Centella and oat and hidrating essences just to stop my skin from reacting. Now I can use it without worrying but I need a calming essence immediately after it.

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