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Why Ferulic Acid will turbo charge your C serum

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Why Ferulic Acid will turbo charge your C serum

26 October 2021

What is Ferulic Acid?

Ferulic acid is a potent plant antioxidant, mainly found in seeds and leaves.

What does it do?

On its own, it helps prevent damage from UV radiation through its antioxidant function. It has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-cancer activity in studies. Research shows it protects skin cells, collagen and elastin. It inhibits the creation of pigment in the skin as well as inhibiting tyrosinase (which further helps its depigmentation powers). Plus, it helps with the creation of new blood vessels, and accelerates wound healing.

But like so many antioxidants, it is unstable as an ingredient on its own. So, we try to stabilize it by combining it with another needy and unstable element. Like L-ascorbic acid AKA Vitamin C for example. This wonder ingredient not only protects you from the sun but also fights against wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation and dull, sallow skin.

Traditionally Vitamin C was paired with Vitamin E (Alpha-tocopherol) to increase its stability and effectiveness. This is why we have the evidence-based combo in our Reverse C Serum.

But some studies show we can increase the benefits even further by adding Ferulic Acid as a fussy third playmate into the playpen of fussy ingredients. When added to vitamins C and E, it can double the photoprotective (sun protection) effects of these vitamins from 4-fold to approximately 8-fold.

What to look for in a Ferulic Acid serum

  1. It should be combined with L-Ascorbic Acid and Alpha tocopherol. While scientists are working on forms of Ferulic Acid that are both stable and effective, we’re not there yet so give it some unstable friends to play with. Plus, this is where the evidence is!
  2. It should be in an airless opaque bottle. Unstable ingredients are destroyed by air and light. This makes a serum in a dropper good for the first week after you open it. As far as your vitamin C goes, it will have lost about half its potency after that.
  3. The recommended Ferulic Acid concentration in cosmetic products is between 0.5 and 1%.
  4. Water should not be the first ingredient on the list. While Vitamin C dissolves in water, too much water will see your antioxidants oxidising and losing effectiveness (a dark yellow, orange or brown colour means your serum is off).

With emerging evidence for its brightening, photoprotective, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticancer and anti-aging features, Ferulic Acid was a natural addition to our new C Forte. Combining its amazing benefits with the proven anti-aging benefits of Vitamins C and E, C Forte is a step up in your daily cosmeceutical regime.

C Forte

C Forte

Hydrate and brighten your skin with this 16% L-Ascorbic Acid Serum. Vitamin C's sun damage reversing abilities are boosted when Vitamin E is added. Adding Ferulic Acid boosts it to still further for your best glow.

  • Hydrate dry skin.
  • Repair sun damaged skin.
  • Reduce fine lines, crows feet and pigmentation.