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Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of SkinBetter Science Alto Defense Serum versus SkinCeuticals C + AHA .

Published on July 28, 2023

Overview

What they are

These products are both reef safe serums. They have a total of 5 ingredients in common

Cool Features

They both contain Vitamin C

Suited For

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

Free From

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

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Serum American Brand United States
Serum American Brand United States

Serum

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

Serum

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

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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 (2)
Ceramides (3)
Peptides

Benefits

Hydrating (7)
Redness Reducing (6)
Reduces Irritation (5)
Skin Texture
Reduces Large Pores
Anti-Aging (7)
Dark Spots (2)
Scar Healing
Acne Fighting
Brightening (3)

Concerns

May Worsen Oily Skin (2)
Acne Trigger (2)
Irritating

Notable Ingredients

AHA (3)
Vitamin C
Hyaluronic Acid

Benefits

Hydrating
Good For Oily Skin
Redness Reducing
Skin Texture (4)
Reduces Large Pores (3)
Anti-Aging (3)
Dark Spots (3)
Scar Healing (4)
Brightening (5)

Concerns

Irritating (3)
Rosacea (3)
Eczema (2)
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Ingredients Compared

Ingredients that are highlighted in purple are present in both products.

Water β€’ Butylene Glycol β€’ Propanediol β€’ Ethylhexyl Olivate β€’ Cetearyl Alcohol β€’ Chlorogenic Acids β€’ Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate β€’ Lauryl Lactate β€’ Dimethyl Isosorbide β€’ Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract β€’ Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate β€’ Ergothioneine β€’ Benzylidene Dimethoxydimethylindanone β€’ Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract β€’ Carnosine β€’ Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract β€’ Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract β€’ Theobroma Cacao Seed Extract β€’ Curcuma Longa Root Extract β€’ Olea Europaea Fruit Extract β€’ Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract β€’ Trifluoroacetyl Tripeptide-2 β€’ Buddleja Officinalis Flower Extract β€’ Coffea Arabica Leaf Cell Extract β€’ Crocus Sativus Leaf Cell Culture Extract β€’ Superoxide Dismutase β€’ Ubiquinone β€’ Zingiber Officinale Root Extract β€’ Ceramide NP β€’ Ceramide AP β€’ Ceramide EOP β€’ Linoleic Acid β€’ Linolenic Acid β€’ Sea Whip Extract β€’ Bisabolol β€’ Tocopherol β€’ Tocopheryl Acetate β€’ Cholesterol β€’ Phytosphingosine β€’ Jojoba Esters β€’ Sodium PCA β€’ Pentylene Glycol β€’ Methyl Gluceth-20 β€’ Glycerin β€’ Helianthus Annuus Seed Wax β€’ Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax β€’ Lecithin β€’ Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate β€’ Dicetyl Phosphate β€’ Propanediol Dicaprylate/Caprate β€’ Polyglycerin-3 β€’ Ceteth-20 Phosphate β€’ Diisostearyl Malate β€’ Xanthan Gum β€’ Steareth-2 β€’ Acacia Senegal Gum β€’ Carbomer β€’ Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer β€’ Dextran β€’ Sodium Hydroxide β€’ Citric Acid β€’ Disodium EDTA β€’ Ethylhexylglycerin β€’ Phenoxyethanol

Water β€’ Ascorbic Acid β€’ Triethanolamine β€’ Glycolic Acid β€’ Propylene Glycol β€’ Glycerin β€’ Citric Acid β€’ Lactic Acid β€’ Phenoxyethanol β€’ Zinc Sulfate β€’ Disodium EDTA β€’ Sodium Hyaluronate

Ingredients Side-by-side

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Ingredients Explained

These ingredients are found in both products.

Ingredients higher up in an ingredient list are typically present in a larger amount.

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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SkinBetter Science Alto Defense Serum contains this as ingredient number 1.

SkinCeuticals C + AHA contains this as ingredient number 1.

2
What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

A study from 2016 found glycerin to be more effective as a humectant than AHAs and hyaluronic acid.

As a humectant, it helps the skin stay hydrated by pulling moisture to your skin. The low molecular weight of glycerin allows it to pull moisture into the deeper layers of your skin.

Hydrated skin improves your skin barrier; Your skin barrier helps protect against irritants and bacteria.

Glycerin has also been found to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Due to these properties, glycerin is often used in wound and burn treatments.

In cosmetics, glycerin is usually derived from plants such as soybean or palm. However, it can also be sourced from animals, such as tallow or animal fat.

This ingredient is organic, colorless, odorless, and non-toxic.

Glycerin is the name for this ingredient in American English. British English uses Glycerol/Glycerine.

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SkinBetter Science Alto Defense Serum contains this as ingredient number 44.

SkinCeuticals C + AHA contains this as ingredient number 6.

3
What it does: Buffering, Masking
Community Rating: Disliked

Citric Acid is an AHA derived from citrus fruits (think oranges, lemons, and limes!).

If you spot Citric Acid near the end of an ingredient list, it's likely there as a pH adjuster rather than an active ingredient.

As an AHA, Citric Acid removes the top layer of skin cells from the newer layer of skin underneath. This helps skin to remove dark spots and look more even.

Read more about some other popular AHA's here:

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SkinBetter Science Alto Defense Serum contains this as ingredient number 61.

SkinCeuticals C + AHA contains this as ingredient number 7.

4
What it does:
Community Rating: Disliked

Disodium EDTA plays a role in making products more stable by aiding other preservatives.

It is a chelating agent, meaning it neutralizes metal ions that may be found in a product.

Disodium EDTA is a salt of edetic acid and is found to be safe in cosmetic ingredients.

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SkinBetter Science Alto Defense Serum contains this as ingredient number 62.

SkinCeuticals C + AHA contains this as ingredient number 11.

5
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.

SkinBetter Science Alto Defense Serum contains this as ingredient number 64.

SkinCeuticals C + AHA contains this as ingredient number 9.

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

45% are loved or liked
14% have mixed ratings
20% are disliked or very disliked
20% have no rating yet
50% are loved or liked
0% have mixed ratings
50% are disliked or very disliked
0% have no rating yet

Usage

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Reviews

Here's what our community thinks

SkinBetter Science Alto Defense Serum 64 ingredients

2.0 /5
from 1 rating
Expensive (1) Irritating (1)
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AideeCantu

2 months ago Β· Sensitive Skin
Review

Don’t like how it doesn’t spread easily on face

Used daily for three days and it made me itchy

Cut back to every other day and it made my...

Don’t like how it doesn’t spread easily on face

Used daily for three days and it made me itchy

Cut back to every other day and it made my cheeks red and warm; it ended up breaking my skin barrier

SkinCeuticals C + AHA 12 ingredients

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