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What Is Ferulic Acid?

Calling all skincare fiends, there’s a new anti-ageing ingredient in town. Meet ferulic acid, an antioxidant powerhouse we’ve noticed popping up in beauty aisles more and more of late, making its way into moisturising masks and wrinkle-busting eye gels.

Naturally found in the seeds of fruits, including apples and oranges, as well as in some vegetables and grains, this powerful acid is thought to help fight the free radical damage which causes our skin to age. Easily absorbed by the skin, it has anti-inflammatory properties and is also thought to boost the power of other antioxidants, improving their potency.

On top of that, ferulic acid is known to absorb UV rays – it’s an approved sunscreen in Japan – so adding it to your daily skincare routine could help protect your skin from premature ageing.

The wonder ingredient is also a powerful anti-ager as Sarah Chapman, founder of her eponymous skincare range and one of London's most sought-after facialists, told us, "ferulic acid is known to help the tone, texture and elasticity of the skin by supporting its collagen, elastin and infrastructure which ultimately improves firmness." Her supercharged Stem Cell Collagen Activator contains ferulic acid from gardenia stem cells "increasing mollecular potency by 1000 times," says Sarah.  
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up our top pick of the ferulic acid-enriched formulas to add to your skin regime, pronto...


 Aox+® Eye Gel, £70, | SkinCeuticals

Correct existing damage to the eye area and prevent signs of ageing with this advanced gel, which works to reduce puffiness and fade age spots.

Ferulic Acid & Retinol Brightening Solution, £49 | Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare

Aimed at those with an uneven skin tone or a susceptibility to redness, this solution works to repair signs of ageing, diminish dark spots and reduce the visibility of pores.

Liquid Gold Radiance, £30 | Alpha H

A gentle but effective way to combat hyperpigmentation, use this potent elixir to help restore a more even skin tone and texture.


Wild Rose Sleeping Facial, £26 | Korres

Fight dryness while melting away fine lines and discolouration with this intensive mask, designed to deliver a fresher complexion.

Correct And Brighten® Professional Strength Multi Acid Weekly Peel, £95 | Trish McEvoy

A weekly peel formulated for professional results at home, this treatment corrects tone and redness, brightens the complexion and reduces the look of lines for a more youthful glow, while also helping control breakouts.

Vitamin C Ester Serum, £66.25 | Perricone MD

Brighten your complexion with this multitasking day serum for the face, eyes and lips, which aims to address uneven dark areas, improve clarity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.


Super Acids X-treme Acid Rush Peel, £75 | Radial 

This resurfacing facial mask works to exfoliate the skin for an improved texture.

Alpha Beta 14 Day Challenge - Original Formula, £38 | Dr Dennis Gross 

Designed for first-time peel users or those with sensitive skin, this introductory kit aims to help you achieve a salon finish at home. Expect smaller pores, diminished fine lines and wrinkles. and an overall improvement in texture and tone.

Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer, £61 | Dr Dennis Gross 

Providing time-released hydration, this anti-ageing moisturiser combines Ferulic Acid with Retinol and other ingredients to strengthen the skin’s regenerative abilities, while restoring elasticity.






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