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Age spots no more: ferulic acid, vitamin C and a pinch of bathroom chemistry

Is a Solution for:
Cellulite, Stretch Marks, Sagging Skin
Reviewed by Marta September 1, 2008 20 Comments
I am feeling quite pleased with myself. I have demonstrated patience (not a virtue associated with me), thrift (even less) and a smattering of ingenuity. What's more it's bloody well worked. The result is an effective age spot fader that I - partly - concocted in my own bathroom.

It all started a few weeks ago when I researched ferulic acid. I discovered that it is found in the cell walls of plants and is an antioxidant that zaps at least three types of free radical: ‘superoxide’, ‘hydroxyl radical’, and ‘nitric oxide’ - according to a 2002 Japanese study. But what really got me interested was a Duke University study that found that mixed with vitamin C or E, it renders both more powerful.

So I splashed out (egged on, as I recall, by Mike) a whole $9 at Skin Actives on tiny bottle of ferulic acid. It arrived with a note saying it had to be added to one ounce of a potion of my choice. But what? It sat on my desk for a week before I came up with an idea. I had an almost full one ounce bottle of Somme Serum ($82) that I had tried but somehow failed to engage with.

The point about the Somme is that it is a potent shot of vitamin C and not much else. In fact, the C in question is ascorbyl methysilanol that is particularly (and unlike some other Cs) stable. This allows it to be time-released by Somme's 'molecular dispersion technology' (whatever that is).

Anyway, I dumped in the ferulic acid, gave it a good shake and put an experimental dab on my right hand. No smoke appeared, nor did hair start to sprout (look, I haven't resorted to bathroom chemistry before and was, understandably, nervous) and so I kept on dabbing. Three weeks later, I have visibly reduced some very stubborn 'freckles' on my hand.

I thoroughly recommended finding a good source of C and adding in ferulic acid for a thrifty DIY hyperpigmentation solution that really seems to work.

Ingredients in Somme (before I added in the ferulic acid)

Water, ascorbyl methysilanol, SD alcohol 40, Molecular Dispersion Technology (MDT5), xanthan gum, orange extract, palma rosa extract, lime extract, lavender extract, oak moss extract, galbanum extract, diazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben, tetrasodium EDTA
  • August 24, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Charlie - yes you can.

  • August 24, 2011

    by Charlie

    Can I just buy L-ascorbic acid in fine powder form and mix it into my daily serum or moisturizer, like Philosophy's C-booster?

  • June 20, 2011

    by Doug

    For do-it-yourselfers interested in a simple, effective, inexpensive and elegant recipe for a vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid serum, there is a detailed youtube video that describes how to make one here:

  • June 6, 2009

    by Nina

    Mask of Pregnancy, otherwise known as Melasma. I have had melasma for about ten years now. It is on both sides of my face but on one side it is darker and bigger.

    I have tried soooo many different face creams, nothing has worked. I have also had peels, did not improve. I have read on this website about the Vitamin C but have not tried it. The problem I have is that I have a very oily T-zone so I really cannot put something heavy on my face because I start to breakout. Any suggestions from anyone out there?

  • January 9, 2009

    by Laura

    Thanks, Marta! I'll do that.

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