What are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants in skincare 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 Antioxidants
- Vitamin A (retinol)
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Green Tea (polyphenols)
Benefits of Antioxidants
Prevents Environmental Damage
The main benefit of using Antioxidants in our skincare is the prevention of environmental damage. The environment damages our skin daily. Pollution, smoke, UV and Infra Red rays can all cause free radical damage. Free radicals cause skin cell damage.
Environmental factors can also compromise our skins barrier, causing inflammation. Often skin can be red and irritated due to an impaired barrier. Antioxidants helps to repair our skin’s barrier and so will relieve associated symptoms.
Reduces Lines and Wrinkles
There are also anti-aging benefits to using Antioxidants, by stimulating collagen production. Collagen is our skins natural building blocks. Our levels naturally decrease from our late 20s and reduction increases much more with age. By stimulating collagen production, our skin will appear firmer, with lines and wrinkles refined.
May Help to Prevent Skin Cancer
The added protection Antioxidants provide to sun protection may help to prevent skin cancer. Most skin cancers are caused by exposure to UV rays, by increasing protection you may minimise your chances of developing skin cancer.
Helps Fade Pigmentation
Vitamin C can inhibit the effects of tyrosinase, an enzyme needed in the production of melanin, the dark pigment in our skin. Melanin production can be uneven from sun damage causing hyperpigmentation patches to develop. Vitamin A will gently resurface the skin texture and tone, fading hyperpigmentation.
Antioxidants in Homecare
Everyone should use an antioxidant serum, most often applied during the day.
SkinCeuticals are the industry leaders for antioxidants. They have a patented formula, which is clinically proven to be deeply absorbed compared to vitamin C alone.
There are 4 day time use antioxidant serums, including one for the eyes. They all provide the benefits of antioxidants.
SkinCeuticals Serum 10
Suitable for sensitive skin, this antioxidant serum combines 10% L Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) with Ferulic Acid. Ideal for use in our twenties and early thirties as it reduces the early signs of ageing.
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.
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 Cleanser
A daily antioxidant cleanser with vitamin C, reduces free radical damage whilst brightening skin and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Treat Skin from Within
Advanced Nutrition Programme
A duo of Skin Vit A+ and Skin Antioxidant, encourages skin cell renewal and protects against free radical damage from environment.
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