This Ingredient Will Give You Smoother, Brighter Skin

by Stephanie Montes

We’re going to let you in on a secret: Maintaining a fresh, youthful complexion is as simple as reading the ingredient list on the back of your skincare products. Here’s one to remember: ferulic acid. It’s a glow-getting antioxidant found in the cell walls of grains such as rice and oats and the seeds of apples and oranges. It plays a key role in the plants’ protection and self-preservation, and when applied topically to your face, it helps to slow the aging process by reducing the effects of damaging free radicals on the skin. Ahead, five ferulic-acid-packed products your skincare routine has been missing.


Feast On Ferulic

Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution

Ferulic acid plays a major role here. Not only does it help reduce the effects of sun damage, it enhances the efficacy of the rest of the ingredients, leaving you looking bright and fresh.

The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%

We love this lightweight serum for two reasons. High concentrations of resveratrol and ferulic acid fight signs of aging caused by free radical damage and reduce redness. And the best part: It costs only $8.

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

This cocktail of ferulic acid and vitamins C and E is basically a drink from the fountain of youth. A few drops help protect you from UVA/UVB rays (you still need sunscreen!), infrared radiation and ozone pollution for 72 hours.

Dermadoctor Kakadu C 20% Vitamin C Serum with Ferulic Acid & Vitamin E

This super-potent serum brightens skin, improves elasticity and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles. Bring on the compliments.

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum

As if neutralizing pollution and free radicals for a healthy, youthful appearance wasn't enough, this blend of ferulic acid and vitamin E visibly reduces dark spots and wrinkles. And for an added bonus, pumpkin ferment extract and pomegranate enzyme work together to gently exfoliate dead skin for a glowing complexion.