SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF + Brightening UV Defense SPF 30 - Ms Tantrum Blog

Is only sunscreen enough or you need #DoubleDefence?

Who doesn’t love a bit of sun and holidays? I certainly do! However, Sun not only gives you Vitamin D for your bones but also gives harmful rays which can lead to fine lines, wrinkles and discolouration. Are you keeping your skin protected with SPF? Even if you are, what are you doing about the damage from atmosphere? You need to prevent your skin against free radical damage and protect it from sun damage for reducing the appearance of skin-ageing and photoaging.

Using a preventive serum rich in L-Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) helps with skin discolouration and age spots and reverses signs of ageing. SkinCeuticals have some of the best serums and treatment products like Phloretin CF, CE Ferulic etc. I have been using the Phloretin CF + Brightening UV Defense #DoubleDefence kit (Phloretin CF – Antioxidants + Sunscreen) on my combination skin for a while now and I am really impressed so far.

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SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF

Phloretin CF encourages the skin’s natural repair process and accelerates cellular turnover leading to improved skin texture. As a result you may notice less discoloration and dullness.

How Phloretin CF is different from CE Ferulic?

The main difference in Phloretin CF and CE Ferulic Acid is that CE Ferulic contains Vitamin E along with Vit C and is very moisturising. It aims towards normal, dry skin and wrinkles while Phloretin CF aim towards combination skin and targets skin discolouration or age spots. This is also great for anyone with dry skin but lives in a very hot climate. Ferulic acid + Phloretin help in hyperpigmentation and prevents any additional damage.

Phloretin CF has no vitamin E (CE Ferulic had 1%) and has reduced the dose of vitamin C from 15% to 10%. It has kept the 0.5% drop of ferulic acid and added in phloretin at 2%. Ferulic acid is a powerful, plant-derived antioxidant that seeks and destroys free radicals and improves the performance of vitamins C and E. Phloretin is a flavenoid that is found exclusively in apples.

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Packaging & Shelf Life

It comes in a dark dropper glass bottle and you’ll have to be extra careful not to drop it. The serum can change colour slightly as the Vitamin C oxidises and changes colour slightly but the shelf life of the product is 3 years so unless its not really brown, its good to use.

It’s a good idea to store this product in the refrigerator in order to extend its longevity since exposure to oxygen can cause oxidation.


Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Alcohol Denaturated, Ascorbic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Triethyl Citrate, Phloretin, Ferulic Acid

How it works and how to use?

It works by delaying the deposition of sugar deposits into the skin which can harden collagen. It also enhances skin tone, radiance and improves texture.

The recommended usage is to apply 4-5 drops to the face and neck area. It’s a good idea to apply it to dry skin (not damp) and let the serum penetrate completely into skin before applying moisturizer, sunscreen and makeup.


This is a Concentrated product without any silicone in it. The serum doesn’t spread unlike other serums/gels. It has oil texture so its better to pat it onto skin so it penetrates really quickly into the skin. It is not sticky or heavy.


  • Smoother skin
  • Improvement in texture
  • Radiance
  • Even Skintone


  • High price tag
  • Contains denatured alchohol

Denatured alchohol may be a deal breaker for some. Denatured alchol is not necessarily bad but it may dry your skin depending on your skin type.

SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF + Brightening UV Defense SPF 30 - Ms Tantrum Blog

SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF + Brightening UV Defense SPF 30 - Ms Tantrum Blog

SkinCeuticals Brightening UV Defense SPF 30

This light-weight and moisturising high broad-spectrum sunscreen helps to brighten the look of dull-looking skin. This sunscreen reflects and absorbs UVA/UVB rays from the skin’s surface to help protect against photoaging.


The sunscreen comes in a tube packaging, easy to use and travel with.


Aqua/Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Terephthalyidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Dromwtrizole Trisiloxane, Alcohol Denat, Triethanolamine, Titanium Dioxide [Nano], Stearic Acid, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Nylon-12, Palmitic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Tocopherol, Tromethamine, Ethylparaben, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Aluminium Hydroxide, Isohexadecane, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 80, Zea Mays Extract, Mentha Pipertia Extract, FIL D45726/2

How to Use?

Once Phloretin CF is penetrated into the skin, finish by applying Brightening UV Defense SPF 30. Apply this sun protection before sun exposure and reapply generously and frequently to maintain protection.


  • High SPF 30 protection
  • Protects the skin against UVA and UVB rays
  • The formula, enriched with HyperBright Complex, helps prevent the occurrence of future brown spots and pigmentation
  • Lightweight and hydrating formula
  • Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and uneven skin tone

This sunscreen is so lightweight yet very effective. It sinks into the skin right away and feels very moisturising. The best part is this doesn’t leave any white cast or interfere with makeup. The sunscreen also aims to even out the skin tone, minimising the appearance of brown spots, fine lines and pigmentation and creating a glowing and radiant finish.

SkinCeuticals Double Defence kit is perfect to shield against premature signs of skin ageing induced by ozone pollution and daily UV damage.

If you purchase the products separately, Phloretin CF alone will cost you £150 while the Double Defence kit (worth £191) can be purchased at £150. Due to the concentrated formula of Phloretin CF, you don’t need much so it will last a long time.

Until next time

Ashh xo

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*This post features PR samples. Opinions are my own & unbiased.



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  1. Haley Sweetin says:

    I have been hearing good things about skinceuticals treatment serums but was not sure whether to go for CE Ferulic or Phloretin CF as I have Normal skin type.

  2. Sarah Moore says:

    The serum sounds fantastic. The kit is pricey but it’s still good that it doesn’t charge extra for spf lotion.

  3. kattieh says:

    Being sun safe is so important! The serum looks and sounds great! I’m always wearing sunscreen, even in winter.

  4. Sunscreen and defense against the harsh sun rays is so important! Love this post

  5. jenniferpickering22gmailcom says:

    This is such an informative post!! Thank you so much for sharing! I always wear sunscreen!

  6. You really can’t go wrong with anything from Skinceutical…your wallet might die a horrible death though.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    1. SO tickled by the horrible death statement

  7. These sound like interesting products! So important to always wear spf!


  8. Thanks for sharing! SkinCeuticals is one of my fave brands!

  9. I need to check out this brand. I got a sample in the mail and I did not look at it. About to do that now!!!

  10. Claire Talks Beauty says:

    i love skinceuticals but i always hate that they put alcohol in their skincare !

  11. Very detailed description about the product. I always enjoy reading your beauty reviews and gain plenty of knowledge about skincare. Keep it up!

  12. thefashionableaccountant says:

    I am always trying to keep my skin safe from the sun!! I need to test these out and see which one would be better for my skin, never heard about this before!

  13. I am using SPF but does not know we need more protection from sunrays. It seems to be a great product.

  14. Serum sounds interesting… will try this for sure. Thanks for sharing the how to use process.

  15. Kate says:

    This serum looks amazing. I need to try this one out soon. Thanks for the honest review.

  16. I have never use any serum on my skin but this product seems to be good for skin especially from sun ,will gonna try it,

  17. How wary should I be of denatured alcohol? Help me understand. Overall the product sounds promising. Would love to try this .

  18. Great post doll i love skinceuticals .

  19. I initially received this product as a sample and fell in love with it. I had to take the leap and splurge on it and so happy I did. Great product to add to your morning routine.

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