While doing my review on the best vitamin C serums for face and looking for their ingredients, I would sometimes see one ingredient popping up in some of those serums list of ingredients and that was ferulic acid.
So, that made me want to find out more about this component and what it can do for your skin.
What is Ferulic Acid?
Ferulic acid is a substance found in the cell walls of the plants. It has super antioxidant characteristics that makes it a substance highly effective in fighting free radicals, and is known to help protect the skin from the damage caused from UV rays especially when combined with vitamins C and E.
According to wikipedia, it can be extracted from maze bran and wheat bran.
Ferulic acid is used both in supplement form to fight free radicals from the inside out as well as used in various serums made to apply topically on the skin.
Trans Ferulic Acid Vs Natural Ferulic Acid
Many people looking for Ferulic Acid are often confused by ingredients that are marked Trans Ferulic acid and Natural Ferulic acid. The fact is that both of these acids are natural, and the difference in names seems to be in how the Ferulic acid is used.
The term Trans Ferulic acid seems to be used most often in dietary supplements that people take as an anti-aging supplement.
Natural Ferulic acid is the term generally used when ferulic acid is used in a topical treatment.
Both the topical application and the supplements are used to fight anti-aging and help protect you from the damage of the UV rays, though the topical serums may have the added benefit of helping repair some of the damage that is already done by the sun’s rays.
Benefits of Ferulic Acid for Skin
Ferulic Acid has many benefits for the skin. For starters, it not only protects the skin from the sun’s harmful rays, but it actually helps reverse some of the damage your skin has already suffered due to the sun.
This protection increases when ferulic acid is combined with vitamins C and E.
Ferulic acid is also considered to be a super anti-oxidant which means that it can protect your skin from free radicals which is a major cause of aging.
It also promotes collagen production which is vital to your skin looking more youthful and retaining its elasticity.
In addition, after using a good skin serum containing Ferulic acid for a period of time, users find that their skin is smoother and softer as well as younger looking.
It also helps to stabilize vitamins C and E in the same serum, significantly increasing the anti-aging properties of all three ingredients.