We love a good dose of acid, that is, in our skin care. There are several to choose from, but you are probably more familiar with these two: exfoliating glycolic and hydrating hyaluronic. However, there is one acid that we think is very underrated for its ability to make your products even better, and its name is ferulic acid.
According to New York-based certified dermatologist Hadley King, ferulic acid is an antioxidant naturally found in the walls of plant cells. She says to consider this ingredient as a helping hand for the rest of the assets and antioxidants in your skin care products, as research has proven its ability to stabilize several ingredients, such as vitamins C and E, so that ‘they can last longer without losing their potency. “The stability of antioxidants can be increased by adding other antioxidants,” says King.
“Ferulic acid is a powerful antioxidant, just like vitamin C,” adds cosmetic chemist Ginger King. “But vitamin C is not inherently stable, so when they work together they have a synergistic effect for maximum performance.”
Hadley King also suggests pairing ferulic acid with another skin care staple: sunscreen, especially with the American Academy of Dermatology recommended broad-spectrum SPF rating of 30 or higher. . “Sunscreens, mineral or chemical, help protect the skin from UV rays”, explains the dermatologist. “But if these ingredients are combined with antioxidants like ferulic acid, then the protection has been found to be greater because the antioxidants help neutralize free radicals from UV rays.” That’s why you can find ferulic acid in a few sunscreen formulas, like one of our favorites, Acure’s Radically Rejuvenating SPF 30 Day Cream.
You also won’t have to worry about having irritation or sensitivity issues with this ingredient, as Hadley King says all skin types can benefit from ferulic acid. However, its brightening benefits make it particularly useful for anyone suffering from dull skin, dark circles, and hyperpigmentation, which is why it’s commonly paired with vitamin C, another glow-boosting antioxidant.
If you’re ready to take your skincare to the next level, grab a few of these ferulic acid infused favorites, below.