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This Under-The-Radar Ingredient Is The Key To Brighter, Healthier Skin

The environment has a lot to answer for when it comes to our skin.

Thanks to elements such as pollution and UV rays, you might notice dullness, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and other bugbears over time, but antioxidants can help combat all of that.

Working to shield skin from environmental factors, vitamin C is an antioxidant, as is ultra moisturising vitamin E.

There’s another buzzy antioxidant ingredient worth knowing about, too. Enter: ferulic acid.

Of course, ferulic acid is nothing new and thanks to brands like SkinCeuticals and The Ordinary, it’s probably already on your radar.

But unlike its popular counterpart vitamin C, it’s something of an unsung hero – not least because it has the power to make your skincare products work a hell of a lot harder.

So how exactly should you use ferulic acid in your routine and is it right for you?

Here’s everything you need to know about the little ingredient doing big things in skincare.

Skin expert and facialist Lisa Harris concurs. “Ferulic acid works very well under SPF, as it increases protection against UVA and UVB rays,” she says. “I always advise my clients to apply an antioxidant serum, especially in hot sunny climates, as this will protect the skin of damage.”

Dr Acharya suggests investing in a serum in particular but mentions it should be stored in a dark cupboard away from heat and moisture, to prolong the potency. “To fully benefit from ferulic acid in skincare, I would recommend using a product that contains ferulic acid alongside other antioxidants such as vitamin C, E and resveratrol,” Dr Acharya adds.

Vitamin C is most popular and ferulic acid works particularly well with it. “Vitamin C isn’t very shelf-stable on its own and it degrades quickly, especially when exposed to sunlight,” says Lisa.

Ferulic acid actually helps stabilise vitamin C, prolonging your product. “It also improves the way it is absorbed into the skin and makes your vitamin C last longer on the skin,” continues Dr Acharya.

In other words, ferulic acid and vitamin C are the dream team for glowing skin.

Are there any side effects of ferulic acid?

According to Lisa, some forms of ferulic acid are derived from oats, so if you are allergic to them, you could be sensitive to this particular source. “You should stop using any product containing ferulic acid if you develop any of the following side effects,” says Lisa. “Redness, rash, hives, itchiness or skin peeling.”

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