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What is Ferulic acid?

Ferulic Acid is a plant-based antioxidant found in the cell walls of plants such as rice and oats and the seeds of apples and oranges, where it plays a key role in the plants' protection and self-preservation.

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How Does Ferulic Acid Improve the Skin?

Ferulic acid is primarily used in anti-aging skincare. When applied topically, Ferulic acid acts like other antioxidants in that it helps to slow the aging process by reducing the effects of damaging free radicals on the skin. It is also thought to protect against sun damage, as well as assisting in skin's regeneration functions to tackle skin that has already been over-exposed.

Ferulic acid can inhibit the enzymes responsible for melanogenesis (production of melanin) that may cause pigmentation and uneven skin tone. That’s the reason it is used mostly in anti-blemish and skin lightening cosmetics, to help prevent further damage.

In addition to working well alongside other antioxidants, it enhances the stability and the efficacy of vitamins C and E. Ferulic acid is thought to help stabilize vitamin C while also increasing its photoprotection. A recent study suggests that Ferulic acid can potentially offer twice the amount of photoprotection when combined with vitamins C and E.

Because vitamin C is not very shelf-stable on its own, since it degrades quickly, especially when exposed to sunlight. This is why vitamin C goes well with Ferulic Acid in formulas otherwise vitamin C serums ought to come in opaque or amber-colored bottles.


What are the Various Forms of Ferulic Acid for the Skin?

Ferulic acid is available in foods, supplements as well as in anti-aging serums and other skincare products. However, Ferulic acid supplements don’t appear to have the same potency for skin health as serums containing Ferulic acid do.

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Top 12 Foods Rich in Ferulic Acid

  1. Bran
  2. Oats
  3. Rice
  4. Citrus
  5. Eggplant
  6. Grains
  7. Chocolate, dark
  8. Hard wheat
  9. Common wheat
  10. Refined flour
  11. Whole grain flour
  12. Dried dates

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What are the Side Effects of Ferulic Acid on the Skin?

Overall, Ferulic Acid is considered relatively same for most skin types. However, in those with very sensitive skin, there is a possibility of developing an allergic reaction to Ferulic Acid. If there is a known allergy to any of the foods containing Ferulic Acid, the likelihood of an allergic reaction is high. To test if you one is allergic, apply the product in a small area. Cease use of any products containing Ferulic Acid if redness, rash, hives, itchiness or skin peeling occurs.

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Know the Ingredients for UVA Protection

Most sunscreen formulas offer reliable UVB protection, so your focus should be on the UVA. To ensure you are protected from the anti-ageing effects of the sun, it is essential for your sunscreen to have one of the following ingredients.

 

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UVA Active Ingredients 'Broad Spectrum'

  • Benzophenones (oxybenzone)
  • Cinnamates (octylmethyl cinnamate and cinoxate)
  • Sulisobenzone
  • Salicylates
  • Zinc Oxide
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Avobenzone
  • Ecamsule (often listed by its trade name, Mexoryl SX)

In Europe, you have more options for UVA protection, such as: Mexoryl XL, the oil-soluble version of Mexoryl SX, Tinosorb S, and Tinosorb M. These ingredients have not been approved in the U.S. (but are under review). European sunscreens with these ingredients are unfortunately, inaccessible from U.S. retailers.

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What to Know When Choosing The Right SPF - A Closer Look into UVA and UVB Protection

Did you know UVB rays, are the main cause of sunburn and skin cancers? On the other hand, aside from also contributing to skin cancer, UVA rays influences premature aging. Sunscreens labeled "broad spectrum” protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

Only products that pass a certain test can be labeled “broad spectrum.” Make sure your sunscreen has a sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher. The SPF number is the level of protection the sunscreen provides against UVB rays. Higher SPF numbers do mean more protection, but the higher you go, the smaller the difference becomes. SPF 15 sunscreens filter out about 93% of UVB rays, while SPF 30 sunscreens filter out about 97%, SPF 50 sunscreens about 98%, and SPF 100 about 99%. No sunscreen protects you completely. The FDA requires any sunscreen with SPF below 15 to carry a warning that it only protects against sunburn, not skin cancer or skin aging.

“Water resistant” does not mean “waterproof.” No sunscreens are waterproof or “sweatproof,” and manufacturers are not allowed to claim that they are. If a product’s front label makes claims of being water resistant, it must specify whether it lasts for 40 minutes or 80 minutes while swimming or sweating. For best results, reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and even more often if you are swimming or sweating. Sunscreen usually rubs off when you towel yourself dry, so you will need to put more on.

Other ways to stay sun-safe

In addition to choosing the right sunscreen and using it correctly, follow these steps to help protect your skin from sun damage that can cause premature aging and skin cancer:

  • Cover up when you are out in the sun with clothing and wide-brimmed hats to protect the skin.
  • Protect your eyes with sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of UV light.
  • Seek shade. Limit your direct exposure to the sun, especially during the prime afternoon hours.
  • Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps. Both cause long-term skin damage and contribute to skin cancer.

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Nutritional Benefits of Almond Oil for the SkinSweet almond oil is better suited to aid in skin health. In comparison, bitter almond oil is less effective on the skin.Sweet almond oil contains a number of nutrients for healthy skin. It contains Vitamin A & E, Omega-3 fatty acids and Zinc. Respectively, these nutritional components can help prevent cell damage, stimulate the production of new skin cells, smooth fine lines, prevent premature aging, heal scarring and much more.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids: can help prevent premature aging and provide some protection against sun damage.
  • Zinc: Is essential for healing facial scars and stretch marks, with a higher effectiveness when taken orally.
  • Vitamin A: Contains retinol which can smooth out fine lines and stimulate the production of new skin cells.
  • Vitamin E: Has antioxidant properties that can help prevent cell damage and reduce skin damage caused by UV light.
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Benefits of Using Almond Oil on the FaceClinical studies and anecdotal evidence suggests that applying almond oil to the skin may have the following benefits:

  • Emollient properties can improve complexion and skin tone
  • Anti-inflammatory properties of almond oil can reduce under-eye circles, puffiness and ease swelling of the skin
  • Has been used to treat dry skin, including psoriasis and eczema.
  • Contains fatty acids that may help dissolve excess oil.
  • Retinoids in almond oil may improve cell turnover and reduce the appearance of acne.
  • May help improve the health of the skin from sun damage 

Is almond oil considered safe to apply on the skin? 

For the most part, Almond oil is considered safe to apply to the skin. However, there are several safety precautions to consider.

  • Allergies to nuts
  • For first time users, administer a patch test inside the wrist or elbow prior to applying to the face.
  • If there are no signs of itching, redness, swelling or burning within a few hours, the oil is likely safe to use on the face.

Almond Oil Applications

Almond oil is a common ingredient in many natural makeup remover products. It can also be used in a cleanser or moisturizer.

As a makeup remover: apply about a dime sized amount on your palm. Gently massage throughout the face with your fingertips. Remove excess oil with a cotton ball, tissue or warm water followed by a facial cleanser. 

As a cleanser: Because almond oil is a carrier oil, it can carry other oils deeper into the skin. Mixing almond oil with another essential oil can be great for the skin. This can be done by adding a few drops of an essential oil to an ounce of almond oil. Rose geranium, lemon oil, lavender or rosehip are great examples. Apply the oil mixture to damp skin, rinse with warm water. Be sure to rinse thoroughly to remove excess residue.

As a moisturizer: Wash and dry your skin.. Next, gently pat a small amount of almond oil onto your face using your fingertips, and let it absorb into your skin. 

Due to the many benefits of almond oil, it is a great organic choice for skincare and maintenance. If you are uncertain if almond oil is right for your skin or if you get allergic to nuts, consult with your doctor or dermatologist prior to use.References: Follow us on Instagram @melisseandco for your Quick Reference Guide: Internal/External Skincare and Health for Young Radiant Skin.Browse our entire list of Health and Beauty Topics for your Quick Reference Guide to: Health and Beauty Tips and Information.      

 

 

Skin Benefits of Avocado Oil

Below are a list of benefits that have been found in avocado oil

  1. Moisturizes and nourishes
  2. Relieves inflammation from psoriasis and eczema
  3. Prevents and treats acne
  4. Accelerates wound healing
  5. Treats sunburned skin
  6. Reduces signs of aging
  7. Improves nail health
  8. Improves scalp health
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Moisturizes and nourishes

In addition to vitamin E, avocado oil contains potassium, lecithin, and many other nutrients that can nourish and moisturize the skin.

The outermost layer of skin, known as the epidermis, easily absorbs these nutrients, which also help to form new skin.

Relieves inflammation from psoriasis and eczema

The antioxidants and vitamins in avocado oil may help to heal the dry, irritated, and flaky skin associated with eczema and psoriasis.

A person with a skin condition may wish to test a patch of skin first, to ensure that the oil does not trigger or aggravate their symptoms.

May Prevent and Treat Acne

When left on for short periods of time and rinsed off with warm water, avocado oil can keep skin hydrated without leaving an oily residue. This may reduce the risk of acne.

Avocado oil also has anti-inflammatory effects, which can help to reduce the redness and inflammation associated with acne.

Accelerates Wound Healing Process

Avocado oil may help wounds to heal more quickly. One 2013 study found that the essential fatty acids and oleic acid in avocado oil can promote collagen synthesis, which is the process of creating new connective tissue.

The essential fatty acids in avocado oil were also found to help reduce inflammation during the healing process.

More studies are needed in humans, however, to determine whether avocado oil can be used to treat wounds.

Treats Sunburned Skin

The antioxidants in avocado oil may help to ease the symptoms of a sunburn. According to a 2011 review, the vitamin E, beta carotene, vitamin D, protein, lecithin, and essential fatty acids in the oil can support healing and soothe the skin.

Other small studies have shown that consuming avocados may help to protect the skin from harmful UV radiation.

Reduces Signs of Aging

The first signs of aging usually appear on the skin. Some studies have shown that consuming healthful fats, such as those found in avocados, can help the skin to retain its suppleness elasticity through it moisturizing effects.

Can Improve nail health

While some people use avocado oil to heal dry, brittle nails, little scientific evidence confirms this benefit.

On the other hand, using natural oils to keep the nails, skin and surrounding areas soft may help to reduce breakage.

Improves Scalp Health

When avocado oil is applied to the scalp as a hot oil mask, it can help to reduce dandruff and other problems caused by a dry, flaky scalp.

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