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What is Ferulic acid?

Ferulic Acid is a plant-based antioxidant found in the cell walls of plants such as rice and oats and the seeds of apples and oranges, where it plays a key role in the plants' protection and self-preservation.

How Does Ferulic Acid Improve the Skin?

Ferulic acid is primarily used in anti-aging skincare. When applied topically, Ferulic acid acts like other antioxidants in that it helps to slow the ageing process by reducing the effects of damaging free radicals on the skin. It is also thought to protect against sun damage, as well as assisting in skin's regeneration functions to tackle skin that has already been over-exposed.

Ferulic acid can inhibit the enzymes responsible for melanogenesis (production of melanin) that may cause pigmentation and uneven skin tone. That’s the reason it is used mostly in anti-blemish and skin lightening cosmetics, to help prevent further damage.

In addition to working well alongside other antioxidants, it enhances the stability and the efficacy of vitamins C and E. Ferulic acid is thought to help stabilize vitamin C while also increasing its photoprotection. A recent study suggests that Ferulic acid can potentially offer twice the amount of photoprotection when combined with vitamins C and E.

Because vitamin C is not very shelf-stable on its own, since it degrades quickly, especially when exposed to sunlight. This is why vitamin C goes well with Ferulic Acid in formulas otherwise vitamin C serums ought to come in opaque or amber-colored bottles.

Forms of Ferulic Acid for the Skin

What are the Various Forms of Ferulic Acid for the Skin?

Ferulic acid is available in foods, supplements as well as in anti-aging serums and other skincare products. However, Ferulic acid supplements don’t appear to have the same potency for skin health as serums containing Ferulic acid do.

Top 12 Foods Rich in Ferulic Acid

Top 12 Foods Rich in Ferulic Acid

  1. Bran
  2. Oats
  3. Rice
  4. Citrus
  5. Eggplant
  6. Apple seeds
  7. Chocolate, dark
  8. Hard wheat
  9. Common wheat
  10. Refined flour
  11. Whole grain flour
  12. Dried dates

What are the Side Effects of Ferulic Acid on the Skin?

What are the Side Effects of Ferulic Acid on the Skin?

Overall, Ferulic Acid is considered relatively same for most skin types. However, in those with very sensitive skin, there is a possibility of developing an allergic reaction to Ferulic Acid. If there is a known allergy to any of the foods containing Ferulic Acid, the likelihood of an allergic reaction is high. To test if you one is allergic, apply the product in a small area. Cease use of any products containing Ferulic Acid if redness, rash, hives, itchiness or skin peeling occurs.

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Know the Ingredients for UVA Protection

Most sunscreen formulas offer reliable UVB protection, so your focus should be on the UVA. To ensure you are protected from the anti-ageing effects of the sun, it is essential for your sunscreen to have one of the following ingredients.

UVA Active Ingredients 'Broad Spectrum'

  • Benzophenones (oxybenzone)
  • Cinnamates (octylmethyl cinnamate and cinoxate)
  • Sulisobenzone
  • Salicylates
  • Zinc Oxide
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Avobenzone
  • Ecamsule (often listed by its trade name, Mexoryl SX)

In Europe, you have more options for UVA protection, such as: Mexoryl XL, the oil-soluble version of Mexoryl SX, Tinosorb S, and Tinosorb M. These ingredients have not been approved in the U.S. (but are under review). European sunscreens with these ingredients are unfortunately, inaccessible from U.S. retailers.

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What to Know When Choosing The Right SPF - A Closer Look into UVA and UVB Protection

A Closer Look into UVA and UVB Protection - Sunscreen SPF Skincare Information

Did you know UVB rays, are the main cause of sunburn and skin cancers? On the other hand, aside from also contributing to skin cancer, UVA rays influences premature aging. Sunscreens labeled "broad spectrum” protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

Only products that pass a certain test can be labeled “broad spectrum.” Make sure your sunscreen has a sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher. The SPF number is the level of protection the sunscreen provides against UVB rays. Higher SPF numbers do mean more protection, but the higher you go, the smaller the difference becomes. SPF 15 sunscreens filter out about 93% of UVB rays, while SPF 30 sunscreens filter out about 97%, SPF 50 sunscreens about 98%, and SPF 100 about 99%. No sunscreen protects you completely. The FDA requires any sunscreen with SPF below 15 to carry a warning that it only protects against sunburn, not skin cancer or skin aging.

“Water resistant” does not mean “waterproof.” No sunscreens are waterproof or “sweatproof,” and manufacturers are not allowed to claim that they are. If a product’s front label makes claims of being water resistant, it must specify whether it lasts for 40 minutes or 80 minutes while swimming or sweating. For best results, reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and even more often if you are swimming or sweating. Sunscreen usually rubs off when you towel yourself dry, so you will need to put more on.

Other ways to stay sun-safe

In addition to choosing the right sunscreen and using it correctly, follow these steps to help protect your skin from sun damage that can cause premature aging and skin cancer:

  • Cover up when you are out in the sun with clothing and wide-brimmed hats to protect the skin.
  • Protect your eyes with sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of UV light.
  • Seek shade. Limit your direct exposure to the sun, especially during the prime afternoon hours.
  • Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps. Both cause long-term skin damage and contribute to skin cancer.

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