Why is there Ferulic Acid in my DewDrops?

Why is there Ferulic Acid in my DewDrops?

Any time I hear the word acid, I’m immediately thrust back into high school chemistry and the fun we had dissolving various items, like pennies, in acid. (This was a long time ago. I doubt high school students get to have that kind of fun these days.)

It was fun.

But definitely not something I’d want anywhere near my skin.

When we were reformulating DewDrrops Vitamin C serum with the goal of making it even more effective, my formulator insisted on adding ferulic acid.

“It boosts the action of the vitamin C and E,” she told me.

“Ok, I’m interested. Tell me more,” I replied.

What is ferulic acid?

Ferulic acid belongs to a group of plant-based acids that are known as polyphenols. These are gut and skin friendly compounds that act as anti-oxidants. Ferulic acid comes from plants like:

  • apples
  • artichokes
  • cereal grains
  • coffee
  • grapes
  • parsley
  • peanuts
  • rhubarb
  • spinach
  • tomatoes
  • whole grains

In the plant cell walls, it acts as an antioxidant. It also acts as a powerful antioxidant for your skin.

What ferulic acid does for your skin

When formulators first starting using ferulic acid in skin care products, it was to help stabilize vitamin C.

Further studies indicated that not only did it make vitamin C skin care products more stable, it also boosted the effect of both vitamin C and E. So a serum that contains vitamins C and E and ferulic acid is going to give you the best results.

Here are the highlights:

Ferulic acid helps repair and protect your skin

As an antioxidant, it helps to neutralize free radicals from UV rays, pollution, stress, inflammation and normal bodily processes.

It may also help reduce photo damage (sun damage), especially when combined with vitamin C. A 2018 study1 found that adding ferulic acid to sunscreen can raise their SPF and also soothe the skin.

Ferulic acid acts as an anti-inflammatory

The same study found that ferulic acid acted as an anti-inflammatory. IT may calm inflammation and help with acne and breakouts, hyperpigmentation, and certain kinds of dermatitis.

It boosts the effectiveness of other skin care ingredients, particularly vitamins C and E.

Interestingly, ferulic acid also increases the effectiveness of certain procedures like micro needling. A 2020 study2 found that using a ferulic acid peel followed by microneedling gave better results, especially in skin elasticity, than microneedling alone.

Brightens and evens out your complexion

Like vitamin C, ferulic acid helps to brighten your complexion and even out hyperpigmentation (dark spots, sun spots, melasma, and hyperpigmentation from acne).

And those are the (big) reasons why the newly formulated DewDrops includes 1% ferulic acid and 1% vitamin E in addition to 20% vitamin C. They all work synergistically to give you an even greater, more noticeable effect while backing up your sunscreen in the fight against photoaging/sun damage.

This is part of a note I got from someone who recently purchased the new DewDrops formulation:

“I LOVE the new formula for DewDrops - I can still feel the effects into the afternoon. Thank you!” SS

 

References

 

1. Ferulic acid photoprotective properties in association with UV filters: multifunctional sunscreen with improved SPF and UVA-PF. Daniela D’Almeida, Fernanda Daus Sarruf, Camila Aries de Oliveira, Maria Valeria Robles Velasco,Andre Rolim Baby https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29864725/

2. The effectiveness of ferulic acid and microneedling in reducing signs of photoaging: A split-face comparative study. Master Zdunska-Peciak Kamila, Rotsztein Helena.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32654286/

 

 


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