Understanding Which Antioxidant is Right for Your Skin Type
Learn which antioxidant is right for your specific skin care needs. Understanding their key features will give you great results. Learn more!
Highly praised by dermatologists for their protective abilities, antioxidants are an essential skincare ingredient that is invaluable to address several skin concerns. Antioxidants fight against a negative chemical reaction, oxidative stress, which occurs when there are unstable atoms that can cause damage to cells, resulting in some premature signs of ageing.
Oxidative stress is caused by free radicals, molecules that have unpaired electrons. Electrons typically come in a set, therefore when one is on its own it will cause damage to the entire cell network by robbing healthy cells of electrons. Antioxidants prevent this by providing a pair to this singular electron, therefore stabilising the molecule into an ordinary and non-harmful cell. Antioxidants are crucial for keeping free radicals under control, they ensure a balance is maintained, keeping your skin cells looking healthy and fresh.
Understanding the Different Types of Antioxidants for Your Skin Care Needs
Antioxidants can be naturally found in plants and food, largely fruit and vegetables but are also present in some types of nuts, whole grains, meat, and fish. Each different antioxidant has unique benefits that yield specific skincare results. By understanding which antioxidant is best suited to address your individual skincare needs, you can better curate an effective skincare routine that will deliver visible results.
Vitamin A (Retinol)
Vitamin A, also known as Retinol, is a powerful antioxidant molecule which forms an important part of the SkinCeuticals range. Retinol is an active ingredient which increases the rate at which cells turnover, which stimulates the production of new cells. It helps encourages collagen production and has been identified to visibly reduce wrinkles when used topically. Finding a formula with the right concentration of retinol suited to your skin can be difficult – if you are unused to retinol, start with a product that incorporates a lower concentration. Retinol can help normalise how a cell functions, as it can detect whether a cell is overproducing oil or creating high levels of melanin, which can lead to pigmentation. Vitamin A is great for oily skin or people prone to sunspots, freckles, milia and pigmentation on their skin.
SkinCeuticals offers optimally concentrated pure Retinol in 0.3%, 0.5% and 1.0% formulas to cater to your needs.
Vitamin C (L-ascorbic Acid)
Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is one of the most commonly known antioxidants and has incredible benefits when applied topically as part of your skincare routine. Vitamin C’s skin benefits are suited towards all skin types and are great for fighting signs of aging. The antioxidants in L-ascorbic acid reduce free radicals in the skin cells, minimising the appearance of dark spots, fine line, and wrinkles, leaving you with firmer and younger-looking skin.
L-ascorbic acid’s benefits can be attained through both diet and topical application. Vitamin C is available in a range of forms, including pure vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid) and derivative forms, including: magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl-6-palmitate, and dehydroascorbic acid. L-ascorbic acid is found to be the most effectively absorbed, delivering optimal benefits to your skin.
Vitamin C is one of the four antioxidants that SkinCeuticals has found penetrate the skin and effectively supplement its natural antioxidant reservoir. SkinCeuticals Vitamin C serums are all formulated with l-ascorbic acid to deliver effective results.
Vitamin E (Tocotrienols)
Tocotrienols, commonly referred to as Vitamin E, is another powerful antioxidant and is found in a range of foods like sunflower oils, nuts, and seeds. It has reparartive and regenerative properties and is a great antioxidant for minor burns, surgical scars, sun damage and acne scars. Tocotrienols are suitable for all skin types and to gain the most benefit, should be used as part of an overall skincare routine.
Vitamin E is one of the four antioxidants that SkinCeuticals has found penetrate the skin and effectively supplement its natural antioxidant reservoir. Vitamin E is incorporated in our effective serums, including high potency C E Ferulic which features 1% alpha-tocopherol.
Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide)
The antioxidant Vitamin B3, also known as niacinamide, is an incredible way to boost your visible skin health. A water-soluble vitamin, niacinamide plays a role in maintaining the skin’s natural protective barrier, which is key to preventing moisture loss and avoiding dehydrated skin, and facilitate the repair of existing skin damage. Moreover, it will give your skin a brighter and fresher appearance and is great for people with sensitive skin or unwanted redness.
Niacinamide is incorporated into SkinCeuticals’ formulas to help reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, improve skin tone, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. To incorporate a high concentration of niacinamide into your skincare routine, we recommend Metacell Renewal B3.
CoQ10 is a fat-soluble quinone compound, an antioxidant shield of protection for your skin. Widely used in skincare products, CoQ10 encourages an even skin tone which makes it ideal for people with a combination skin type. CoenzymeQ10 is a defensive force against environmental factors that may harm your skin, it encourages a barrier of protection and keeps your skin looking vibrant and feeling healthy.
Flavonoids are a cluster of pigments that make up natural plant compounds called polyphenols. These powerful antioxidants are found in a variety of different fruits, vegetables and plants like green apples and strawberries. Flavonoids are effective in protecting your skin from the sun. This protective feature slows down signs of aging and may also inhibit certain types of skin cancers. It is an antioxidant that is suitable for all skin types.
Our recommendation is Resveratrol B E which incorporates baicalin, a flavonoid antioxidant, known for its skin calming properties.
Resveratrol is one of the top antioxidants with a multi-action approach to skin regeneration. It is found in over 70 plant species including grapes, berries and red wine. Resveratrol protects the skin from signs of ageing and encourages younger, firmer skin. It is an antioxidant that helps improve the evenness of skin tone, therefore it is recommended to people with combination skin, however, can be used on any skin type.
Resveratrol is the core ingredient in our Resveratrol B E serum for visibly improved radiance and firmness.
Polyphenols are another form of antioxidant that protects against UV-induced skin photodamage. It works as an anti-inflammatory agent, soothing and calming skin irritations. This makes polyphenols suitable for those with a sensitive skin type.
Our Advanced Pigment Corrector is formulated with 0.5% ellagic acid, a naturally occurring polyphenol shown to help visibly improve skin discolouration.
Glutathione is primarily used to lighten and brighten skin. Effective for dark spots, dark circles around the eyes or a general lightening of your complexion, glutathione is a powerful agent. This antioxidant is suitable for people with uneven skin tones or people who suffer from sunspots and pigmentation.
Ferulic acid is a potent antioxidant that can be found in the cell walls of plants such as wheat, rice, peanuts, oranges, and apples. Ferulic acid does not repair existing damage but is a great shield against on-going cell deterioration. It reduces signs of aging and can boost the effects of vitamin C and vitamin E when applied together. Ferulic acid can irritate people with sensitive skin so try to avoid it if you have a sensitive skin type.
Ferulic acid is one of the four antioxidants that SkinCeuticals has found penetrate the skin and effectively supplement its natural antioxidant reservoir. Our C E Ferulic serum is formulated with 0.5% Ferulic Acid and vitamin c for enhanced anti-ageing benefits.
Derived from apples and the root bark of fruit trees, Phloretin is an antioxidant that neutralises damaging free radicals and reduces uneven skin tone. Phloretin promotes an even skin tone and boosts the effects of environmental protection. Phloretin is suitable for people who are prone to sunspots and is ideal for combination to oily skin types.
Phloretin is one of the four antioxidants that SkinCeuticals has found penetrate the skin and effectively supplement its natural antioxidant reservoir. Our Phloretin CF is a vitamin c and phloretin rich serum designed to target signs of ageing, and is also available as a gel serum formula in our Phloretin CF Gel.
Understanding your skin’s needs and recognising the most suitable antioxidants to address your skincare needs will help you to achieve the best results. Antioxidants are a core part of SkinCeuticals, discover our range of scientifically formulated antioxidant skin care.