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...