Preventing Skin Damage
When we talk about prevention in skincare, we are talking about antioxidants. By using an antioxidant serum daily, we prevent our skin becoming damaged. Antioxidants protect our skin from free radical damage. Free radicals are generated in our skin from the environment (pollution, UV rays, smoking) as well as HEV- blue light damage from our devices! Antioxidants neutralise free radicals, preventing skin cell damage.
When we talk about antioxidants, vitamin C comes to mind- although it is just one of many antioxidants that can offer our skin protection.
Five of the Best
- Vitamin A (retinol)
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Green Tea (polyphenols)
Benefits of Antioxidants
Prevent Environmental Damage
Using an antioxidant product daily, protects our skin from free radical damage. When skin is damaged by the environment and pollutants, our skin barrier becomes impaired. This can cause inflammation which can trigger other skin conditions such as pigmentation and acne.
Inflammation can be caused by environmental damage, by preventing this damage, we can reduce inflammation. Antioxidants Vitamin A and C can both repair our skin, further reducing inflammation.
Enhance the Protection Provided by SPF
Antioxidants further increase the protection of broad spectrum SPFs. Antioxidants provide added protection against damaging UV rays whilst also protecting against Infra Red rays and HEV (blue light damage).
Prevent and Correct Signs of Ageing
Antioxidants protect us against external factors that cause 90% of skin ageing. Vitamin A encourages skin cell renewal, this process often slows down as we get older. By smoothing and refining our skin, lines and wrinkles are reduced. Another antioxidant, Vitamin C; brightens and stimulates collagen production, whilst Vitamin E nourishes our skin. Other antioxidants such as Resveratrol can even repair skin damage.
May Help Protect Against Skin Cancer
Exposure to UV rays are one of the main factors causing skin cancer. As we know antioxidants help to prevent damage within our skin from UV rays, they may actually be able to help protect us from skin cancer.
How to use an Antioxidant
We recommend an Antioxidant serum, most often applied during the day. We stock a range of antioxidants, for all skin types.
SkinCeuticals is the market leader in antioxidants. There are four day time use SkinCeuticals Antioxidant serums, including one for the eyes. They all provide the benefits of antioxidants with some added extras. All are combined with Ferulic acid to ensure deeper absorption of Vitamin C.
SkinCeuticals Serum 10
This is great for anyone new to using antioxidants. With 10% L Ascorbic acid (pure Vitamin C) combined with Ferulic acid, Serum 10 provides all the benefits of antioxidants. Ideal to reduce early signs of ageing in our twenties and early thirties.
SkinCeuticals AOX Eye Gel
Antioxidant eye gel to protect against environmental damage, combines L Ascorbic acid with Phloretin and Ferulic acid.
SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF
Advanced protection antioxidant serum combining L Ascorbic acid, Phloretin and Ferulic acid. Suitable for anyone with anti ageing concerns. Phloretin derived from green apples provides added benefits to improve skin tone and reduce hyperpigmentation.
SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic
Advanced protection against environmental damage. Combining L Ascorbic acid with Ferulic acid and Vitamin E. Added vitamin E adds moisture to the skin. Ideal for anyone with ageing concerns. Reduces fine lines and wrinkles- ideal for mature or dry skin.
This next one is a bit different as it is applied at night time, protecting against free radical damage as we sleep.
SkinCeuticals Resveratrol BE
A night time antioxidant, preventing damage from free radicals overnight. Resveratrol, an antioxidant from japanese knotweed combined with Niacinamide (vitamin B3) and vitamin E, results in visibly plumper smoother skin.
Dermaquest C Infusion Serum
Protects against environmental damage, this creamy Vitamin C serum increases firmness by promoting and protecting collagen and elastin production, with added brightening benefits.
Are all Antioxidant Products the Same?
No, we only use cosmeceutical products. Cosmeceuticals are different from regular cosmetics as they are:
- Higher strength
- Medical grade formulations
- Extensively clinically tested and researched
- Able to penetrate deeper in the skin
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