Very recently, cosmetics and skin care companies seem to have discovered a very powerful combination of compounds, which is working skin miracles for people all over the world. While it's been known for many years that some nutrients, such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E, are beneficial to the health of human skin, hair and nails, the science behind such health news is gaining momentum by the day.What we're talking about here are a couple of all natural substances known as Ferulic Acid and Retinol. Serums have been popping up world-wide, intended to improve the health of people's skin, reduce wrinkles, improve elasticity, and fight free radicals in the body, which leads to a whole other list of holistic health advantages.Let's first take a look at Ferulic AcidWhat is it? Where does it come from? And why should you care about it?Ferulic Acid is actually found in nature. A 100% natural extract, it's commonly found in foods like apples, oranges, rice, artichokes, coffee beans and wheat. In many of these foods, the acid is found mostly in the outer layers and protective skin of the fruit, vegetable, or grain. And that's no coincidence.Ferulic Acid is gaining popularity for its antibacterial and antifungal properties, as well as its ability to fight off problem-causing free radicals. That's its primary role in the plants it's extracted from and a very good reason for including it in skin care products. It's no secret why we appreciate antifungal and antibacterial properties, when it comes to our skin, but what the heck are free radicals?On the topic of our skin, free radicals are what put our skin cells through oxidative stress, stripping our outer layer of moisture and elasticity, leading to wrinkles and dark spots. Luckily, there are now serums available that combat this exact issue, and quite effectively at that.
What about Retinol?So it makes sense for Ferulic Acid to make the cut, but why the Retinol? For starters, it's also found in nature - in yellow and green vegetables, the healthy oil extracted from fish liver, and even egg yolks.The main benefits of Retinol, or essentially an entire molecule of Vitamin A, are promoting the health of our skin and hair (much like Ferulic Acid), but also improved vision and healthier growth.Many people, in fact, take doses of fish oil daily to improve the look and feel of their hair and skin alone. It shares some properties of Ferulic Acid, such as free radical fighting properties, but it also aids in areas where Ferulic Acid might fall short on its own.For example, one of the most popular characteristics of Retinol is the way it encourages skin cells to stick together more firmly, allowing damaged skin to repair itself more quickly and allowing it to maintain a healthy, silky glow for longer.Serums containing a mixture Ferulic Acid and Retinol have been flying off shelves faster than manufacturers can keep up, and it's not surprising, considering the results they've been delivering. Often applied directly to the skin, the serums are very effective at lightening dark spots, minimizing wrinkles and intensely moisturizing.But much more good than that is known to come from such products. The combined free radical fighting abilities of Ferulic Acid and Retinol are proven to fight off cancer cells, improve thyroid health, and much more.