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Ingredient Breakdown: Ferulic Acid
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Ingredient Breakdown: Ferulic Acid

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By now, most skincare fanatics know that miracle, fix-it-all ingredients don't really exist. In fact, science shows that a beauty routine that incorporates several high-powered ingredients is the best way to combat signs of aging, skin damage, and all those other fun things we deal with on a daily basis. But, how do you know which ingredients are worth the hype? We're making it easy! In this series, we'll give you the must-know info on both trending and mainstay ingredients. This week's ingredient of choice? An anti-aging wunderkind.

The ingredient: ferulic acid

Also known as: One of the antioxidants you keep seeing in your skincare products

Quick take: anti-ager, antioxidant, stabilizes topical vitamin C (which can oxidize on skin easily) and vitamin E

Claims to fame: Found naturally in plant cell walls and in some foods such as seeds, veggies, nuts, and grains, this plant-based antioxidant is a very powerful little warrior. Its primary job in the plant world is to help protect plants from oxidation caused by the sunlight. So what does that mean for us? Well, when used in skincare products, ferulic acid fights free radicals (especially those from damaging sunlight) and helps reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and sun spots. Commonly partnered with vitamins C and E, ferulic acid works well to stabilize and enhance the benefits of the two powerful vitamins. Wear it under your daily SPF to see maximum anti-aging and sun-protecting results. Just be warned, this is a strong ingredient that delivers results, so products featuring it tend to be on the pricier end!

Where to find it:

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Combination Antioxidant Treatment ($163)

skinceuticals c e ferulic combination antioxidant treatment

Considered one of the best on the market, this combo of ferulic acid, vitamin C, and E, SkinCeuticals serum is a go-to for evening out skin tone, neutralizing free radical damage, and protecting against environmental oxidation. And Influensters agree, giving this product an average of 4.7 stars.

"This is one of the most important products in my skincare regimen. It was recommended to me by my aesthetician because I would get back freckling when I was in the sun. This product has hands down stopped that from happening." —Rachel K. (Read more!)

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic Acid & Retinol Brightening Solution ($88)

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic Acid & Retinol Brightening Solution

Not only does this serum contain ferulic acid and retinol to fight sun damage, but it also contains azelaic amino acid and bearberry to combat hyperpigmentation, and salicylic acid and willowbark extract to fight blemish scarring. 

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Intensive Vitamin C Peel Pads with Ferulic Acid & Vitamin E 30 ($78)

dermadoctor kakadu c intensive vitmin c peel pads

These pre-moistened pads are ideal for anyone who likes a heavy does of treatment with minimal effort. Use to fight dullness and pesky sunspots.

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