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What is Ferulic Acid & How Does it Benefit Skin?

Ferulic acid is a powerful antioxidant that holds inherent skincare properties to reduce signs of ageing and damaged skin. The ingredient is naturally sourced from plant species like apples, wheat, rice and oranges, and its native function is to protect and conserve the plant from decay (1). As an antioxidant, ferulic acid’s protective properties work similarly when used on the skin, effectively shielding against harmful, disruptive and unstable molecules called ‘free radicals’. Free radicals can cause oxidative stress which can accelerate the visible ageing process and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Using antioxidant skincare with ferulic acid can work to minimise this damage and reduce signs of ageing to give the appearance of younger and healthier-looking skin. Discover how antioxidants like ferulic acid can enhance your skincare routine and work to tackle common skin concerns such as pigmentation.

Ferulic Acid Benefits for Ageing Skin

As a potent antioxidant, ferulic acid benefits the skin by reducing signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles by neutralising free radicals. The ingredient is widely used in anti-ageing skin care as it protects the skin and can help restore a firmer skin texture3. In addition to this, ferulic acid can also reduce the appearance of age spots to achieve a more even skin tone and a brighter complexion.

Free radicals are formed as a result of pollution, UVA/UVA rays or environmental aggressors and accelerate the visible skin ageing process, depleting the skin's natural production of collagen and exaggerating the appearance of fine lines. As an antioxidant, ferulic acid has the ability to target, neutralise and fight the damage caused by free radicals to tackle skin concerns such as signs of ageing. Applying ferulic acid every day will protect skin against free radicals by means of neutralisation, minimising the risk of accelerated skin ageing and boosting a fresher, healthier-looking result.

Other Ferulic Acid Benefits

Ferulic acid holds powerful skin benefits beyond its anti-ageing abilities, particularly within areas of targeting specific skin concerns. UV-induced pigmentation is characterised by spots of discolouration on the face caused by sun exposure. Ferulic acid is effective at targeting UV skin pigmentations to achieve a clearer and more even skin tone with its efficient photo-protect function1. Similarly, ferulic acid can be used to target skin redness as antioxidants possess properties that work to soothe irritated or damaged skin.

How to Use Ferulic Acid for Skin Protection

Ferulic acid has a unique ability to complement other antioxidants and is known to double the efficacy of vitamin C and vitamin E when applied together2 making skincare products with both ferulic acid and vitamin C/E extremely effective.

Whilst ferulic acid can be complementary to some active ingredients, its effects may be hindered when combined with others. Try to avoid applying ferulic acid with chemical exfoliants such as glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid, as they can interfere with the antioxidative properties of ferulic acid, lessening the benefits. Understanding the limitations surrounding ferulic acid usage will work to encourage better results, so you can get the most out of your skincare routine.

Implementing Ferulic Acid Into a Skin Care Routine

Ferulic acid is generally found in serums and gels and is applied daily to boost other elements of your skincare routine to provide protection against oxidative damage. Apply 4-5 pumps of a ferulic acid serum or gel in the morning after cleansing and toning, gently massaging the product into the face, neck and chest. Following this, apply other antioxidant skincare products including vitamins C and E, facial moisturiser and broad-spectrum sunscreen for UV protection. 

Implementing ferulic acid into your existing skincare routine is simple due to the fact that the powerful ingredient is compatible with all skin types including normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive. The ingredient is often found as part of an effective anti-ageing skincare routine due to its ability to reduce both the appearance and formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

Ferulic Acid Skin Care Products

SkinCeuticals works with dermatologists to deliver the most effective use of ferulic acid for skincare. Ferulic acid products can enhance skin’s texture and tone, encouraging a younger and more vibrant-looking appearance.

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

Utilising ferulic acid to enhance the effects of vitamin C and vitamin E, the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic is a triple antioxidant serum that can deliver powerful results. The SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic works to visibly reduce wrinkles, restore skin firmness and create an even skin tone, for fresh and healthy-looking skin. This effective serum can work for up to 72 hours after application, providing skin with a protective shield against free radical damage.

SkinCeuticals AOX+ Eye Gel

A targeted eye serum, the SkinCeuticals AOX+ Eye Gel works to reduce the appearance dark circles and puffiness, around the eyes. This eye gel is effective in achieving brighter and younger-looking skin. Scientifically formulated with vitamin C and ferulic acid, the SkinCeuticals AOX+ Eye Gel uses antioxidants to combat signs of fatigue and shield against oxidative damage.

SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF

A high-strength antioxidant skincare product, the SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF is used to target premature signs of ageing. This antioxidant serum uses the power of 2% phloretin, 10% pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) and 0.5% ferulic acid to minimise visible skin damage and reduce effects of atmospheric ageing. The SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF works to encourage an even skin tone by providing advanced protection against free radical damage.


REFERENCES
1.      https://www.skinceuticals.co.uk/en_GB/what-is-ferulic-acid-in-skincare.html
2.      https://www.researchgate.net/publication/7579666_Ferulic_Acid_Stabilizes_a_Solution_of_Vitamins_C_and_E_and_Doubles_its_Photoprotection_of_Skin
3.      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2127228/

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