Why Are Face Serums So Expensive?

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Vitamin C, ascorbic acid, is one of the most expensive serums for the face.  Why are they so expensive? Are vitamin C serums worth the price?

What about HA serums? Do they work and are they still in favor?

No skin care product is worth the cost, even if it is an affordable drugstore brand, if it is not the right skin care product for your Baumann Skin Type®.

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Why is Skinceuticals Serum So Expensive?

There are many expensive skincare products and I am often asked if they are worth the expensive price.  The answer is- "Maybe".  It depends upon your skin issues and barriers to skin health.

Lets talk about why Skinceuticals Vitamin C Serums cost so much.

Skinceuticals was the first ascorbic acid serum  and is one of the most expensive.  Actually the first brand to sell Vitamin C serum was Cellex-C but the founders split and Dr. Sheldon Pinnell got the formulation and patent and the other founder took the brand name Cellex-C.  Dr. Sheldon Pinnell started the company Skinceuticals which he later sold to Loreal. The formulation patent was important because it had right to using the low pH serum that increases absorption of vitamin C into the skin. Now the patent has expired and there are many Vitamin C serums on the market that are the important pH of 2- 2.5.  Skinceuticals, because of the brand name, multiple clinical trials and Loreal's backing, remains the most popular. However, there are many less expensive Vitamin C serums that are also good if you do not want to splurge on a Vitamin C serum and are looking for a cheaper option. Many Vitamin C dupes work well, but avoid any Vitamin C dupes in a jar or with clear glass bottles because air and light inactivate the ascorbic acid.  Vitamin C in a  jar is a waste of money!


You can find other more affordable Vitamin C serums here:



Read more about how to find the best serums here.


So are expensive serums worth the price?  Maybe…. It depends upon your Baumann Skin Type.

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