Elevate Your Skin Care Game with the Brightening Acid You’re Overlooking
When it comes to skin-boosting acids, there are countless products you can use. We are maybe familiar with a few names (such as exfoliating glycolic and hydrating hyaluronic) more than others, but this doesn’t make the not-very-known acids less effective. Introducing ferulic acid. This antioxidant is known for its ability to make other ingredients work better, faster, and more efficiently.
What is Ferulic Acid?
Ferulic acid is a plant-based antioxidant found in skin care products. Mostly, you’ll find it in a liquid form in serums, but it can also come in cream form when packaged in a pump.
It occurs naturally in the cell wall of plants like bran, oats, rice, peanuts, eggplant, citrus, and apple seeds.
Like Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid should be contained in a dark or opaque bottle to protect it from light and kept in a cool place. Avoid storing it in a humid bathroom, for instance.
What Are The Benefits?
The biggest benefit of Ferulic Acid is its ability to fight free radicals and stabilize multiple ingredients such as vitamins C, A, and E. Think of it as a helping hand to the rest of the active and antioxidants in your skincare products. Other benefits include:
1 || Reduce wrinkles and fine lines by protecting the skin from pollution and radiation which can cause wrinkles.
2 || Reduce skin sagging by protecting the skin from free radical damage.
3 || Reduce inflammation, blocked pores, and breakouts caused by oxidative damage.
4 || Reduce pigmentation resulting from heightened blood vessel formation in the skin, increased pigmentation changes, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation caused by a pimple. Ferulic Acid also reduces pigmentation related to melasma.
Are There Any Side effects and Is It For Everyone?
Unlike other acids, the great thing about Ferulic Acid is that it works for all skin types including sensitive skin types and acne-prone skin. You’ll more likely to see noticeable effects if you are dealing with dullness, dark circles, and hyperpigmentation.
That being said, generally Ferulic Acid on its own doesn’t have any side effects. But most of the time we get it combined with other actives and antioxidants which means if there are any side effects, it is hard to determine the cause of a reaction. So if you have sensitive skin, rosacea, eczema, or are prone to irritation, it’s important to conduct a patch test of the product on the skin behind your ear before applying it to your face.
How To Use It?
Apply 2 to 3 drops to clean, dry skin every morning using your fingers to gently spread the product. Follow with your moisturizer and sunscreen.
It is important to note that using more than one acid at the same time is not a good idea. So if you are using any exfoliating acids it is better to do it at night.