Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Ingredients 101: Ferulic Acid


WTF: Ferulic acid is found in the cell walls of plants such as rice, wheat, peanuts, apples and oranges. It is an antixodiant that plays a key role in protecting and preserving plants - it is able to destroy several different types of free radicals, including superoxide, hydroxyl radical and nitric oxide.

Ferulic acid has been found to be a more powerful antioxidant than vitamin E, beta-carotene and vitamin C. It has also been shown to act synergistically with other antioxidants, even making the likes of vitamins C and E more powerful.

Beauty Benefits: Ferulic Acid is an anti-aging powerhouse due to its ability to fight free radicals and slow down the ageing process caused by oxidation. It is also one of the best defense ingredients in the game - it protects against sun damage and other environmental aggressors, and it promotes skin regeneration, helping to repair damaged skin.

Warnings: There are no known side effects from applying ferulic acid topically. However you are best avoiding the ingredient if you're allergic to any kind of grain (wheat, corn, barley etc.). As always, if you're pregnant, speak to your doctor before using ferulic acid.

Found in: The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% (£5.50 This lightweight face oil contains high levels of resveratrol and ferulic acid to ensure your skin is protected in the best way possible. To put that into perspective, traditional formulations tend to incorporate resveratrol at 1% and ferulic acid at just 0.5%. The Ordinary's hero oil absorbs easily and feels great on the skin. It is the ideal serum for those who live in highly polluted cities and makes for a great skin treatment post-holiday!

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