The environment (pollution, UV rays) has a lot to do with less than optimal summer skin — causing dullness, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines. Antioxidants, like Vitamin C or E, can help to shield skin from external factors, but there is another underrated free radical fighter worthy of knowing: Ferulic acid.
Shockingly, it isn’t new. But it’s probably not on your radar. However, if incorporated into your skincare routine, it could change everything.
What is ferulic acid in skincare?
Ferulic acid is a plant-based antioxidant found in the cells of rice, oats, apples, and oranges. At its root, it protects against oxidative stress — one of the many disturbances that can occur in the skin. By neutralizing free radicals from environmental pollution and UV rays, it acts as a shield for the skin. Ferulic acid is found in most skincare serums and is more potent than moisturizers.
What are the benefits for the skin?
The main benefit of ferulic acid is its antioxidant properties: It helps protect from environmental stressors to prevent premature aging like fine lines and hyperpigmentation. In addition, it improves the skin’s firmness and illuminates the skin.
Be mindful that some forms are derived from oats. Therefore, if you are allergic to oats, you could be sensitive to ferulic acid-infused skincare products. As always, patch test or consult your doctor if you have concerns or reactions.
Got it, so how do I use it?
Most doctors and dermatologists will recommend using it in the morning or when you come into contact with environmental stressors . It’s also gentle enough to be used in every day skincare routines. To use it, just make sure you incorporate a product with the antioxidant into your daily regimen. As always apply sunscreen over this. A great bonus: Ferulic acid in tandem with SPF will have increased protection against UVA and UVB rays.
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