Ferulic acid: A potent antioxidant you’ll want to know about
When you hear people talk about acids in skincare there are two that tend to take centre stage – glycolic acid and lactic acid. The former is known as a very exfoliating collagen-encourager while the latter has a reputation for being a little less intense as well as hydrating. But what about ferulic acid? While the rest get top billing, ferulic acid tends to fly a little under the radar. Happily, we’re going to change that by filling you in on how to reap the benefits of the beauty world’s most underrated acid.
The power of three
While glycolic and lactic acids function as exfoliators, ferulic acid is primarily a great antioxidant. You’ll find it naturally in plants and some of the most common sources are bran as well as the seeds and cell walls of fruit like oranges and apples. In any botanical, its job is to preserve and protect against the damaging effects of free radicals and, when it comes to skincare, it does pretty much the same thing.
When it comes to antioxidants, two or more are always better than one as they tend to enhance each other’s effects. Also, much like antibiotics, particular antioxidants will battle a certain type of free-radicals, not all of them. This is why you often see vitamins C and E used together. Separately they’re great, but when combined they more than triple each other’s potency. If you then add a little ferulic acid into the mix, you end up with a power triad that can offer almost complete protection.
Another reason to want ferulic acid in your skincare routine? It can stabilise highly oxidative antioxidants, such as vitamin C, so they’ll be able to work their magic for longer.
Ready to glow?
If you’re wanting to benefit from ferulic acid one of the simplest ways to do it is to include it in your skincare routine via a serum like the award-winning bestseller that is SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic. It contains a whopping 15% pure L-ascorbic acid (the most potent form of vitamin C) plus vitamin E and ferulic acid to turbocharge each other’s effects. While it’s an antioxidant powerhouse, it can also brighten up your complexion and encourage collagen production in a way that softens fine lines and improve skin’s firmness, all thanks to its vitamin C content.
Another way to benefit? Book an in-office ferulic acid-infused treatment like a Simildiet SD Ferulic peel. The peel contains ferulic acid plus a mix of predominantly AHAs, namely malic acid, citric acid and lactic acid. The combination makes the peel a great “all-rounder” that can soften fine lines and reveal a brighter, fresher-looking complexion. However, due to the gentleness of its acids, there’s no downtime and it’s suitable for every skin type. If you’re wanting to create a more radiant complexion before a special event, consider a series of SD Ferulic peels to help you get your glow on!