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Ferulic Acid, the Ideal Active Ingredient for Aging Skin

Ferulic acid is an antioxidant that protects the skin from free radicals. In this way, it prevents photoaging. It also gives new radiance to sallow and tired skin tones and reduces pigmentation spots on the skin surface. In this article, we introduce you to said active ingredient that fights the signs of time.

Skin Aging – An Irreversible Phenomenon, but One That Can Be Delayed

Skin aging is an inevitable phenomenon. The main causes are: a lower rate of cell renewal, a change in the composition of the dermis and it's molecules (hyaluronic acid, collagen, elastin...), as well as the breakdown of muscular tissue that no longer perform their supportive function.

An unhealthy lifestyle can also accelerate this process (poor diet, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, sun exposure, stress, lack of sleep...). As a result, wrinkles become deeper, the skin becomes drier, pigment spots may appear and the vessels become dilated. In addition, the epidermis changes, becoming thicker or thinner depending on the person.

You can adjust your lifestyle to slow down skin aging and/or adjust your skin care routine accordingly. Thus, ferulic acid is an important ally to prevent the appearance of signs of aging.

Ferulic Acid – An Ally in the Fight Against Skin Aging

Ferulic acid is a well-known active ingredient in cosmetics that effectively fights skin aging. Its mode of action is based on two essential functions.

  • Neutralization of free radicals:

Free radicals are unstable molecules produced by all kinds of factors (pollution, cigarette smoke, stress, etc.). Since they consist of a single electron, they are very reactive and attack the healthy cells and proteins of the skin, accelerating their aging. The hydroxy and phenoxy groups of ferulic acid emit electrons to deactivate these free radicals, making them more stable and therefore less reactive. Thus, this active ingredient delays skin aging and protects the skin from external aggressions.

  • Prevent the appearance of brown spots:

Several studies have proven the brightening effect of ferulic acid. Its chemical structure is similar to that of tyrosine, the amino acid that controls melanin synthesis. Therefore, ferulic acid blocks melanin formation through competitive inhibition with tyrosine, reducing the phenomenon of hyperpigmentation that often occurs with age.

Products With Ferulic Acid

You can find ferulic acid in a variety of face and body care products. Serums are among the most common forms. However, this ingredient can also be found in creams, lotions, and milks.

At Typology, we have developed the "Serum Antioxidant". It is enriched with ferulic acid and Ashitaba extract and is suitable for all skin types. It effectively reduces photoaging of the skin by restoring its firmness and elasticity. Not only that, but it also contributes to a radiant and even complexion. You can integrate this care into your skincare routine and apply it in the morning and evening before your regular moisturizer.

Note: As a precaution, this skincare should not be used by pregnant women as it contains essential oils.

Sources:

  • WATSON R. R. & al. Wheat and rice in disease prevention and health: benefits, risks and mechanisms of whole grains in health promotion. Agricultural and Biological Sciences (2014).

  • ROTSZTEJN H. & al. Antioxidant properties of ferulic acid and its possible application. Skin Pharmacology and Physiology (2018).

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