WHAT DO ANTIOXIDANTS DO FOR THE SKIN?
There are countless antioxidant serums available to help protect your skin from environmental aggressors featuring a number of different antioxidant ingredients. Each formula has its own unique properties, but they all have much in common when it comes to antioxidant benefits. While antioxidants are well known as highly sought-after skincare ingredients, understanding how these molecules influence chemical reactions happening within your skin can take time. We’ve put together this guide to help demystify how different antioxidant ingredients work within the skin. Keep reading to learn the distinct benefits of different antioxidants, as well as targeted our antioxidant serum recommendations based on your skin type and concerns.
WHAT ARE ANTIOXIDANTS?
Ingredients boasting antioxidant properties are often praised by skincare experts, however the details of why antioxidant vitamins are good for your skin can take some effort to understand. What are antioxidants and free radicals? You can think of antioxidants as natural protectors against the potential harm caused by environmental aggressors.
Antioxidants are naturallycommonly found in plants and foods such as fruits and vegetables. In skincare, antioxidant ingredients can be either synthesised or naturally derived.
WHAT DO ANTIOXIDANTS DO?
In technical terms, antioxidants disrupt the process of oxidative stress. In simple terms, antioxidants fight against the damage caused by the free radicals your skin encounters daily. Free radicals can be encountered through exposure to air pollution, cigarette smoke and UV radiation. These unstable molecules trigger an undesirable chemical reaction within your skin, causing damage as they ‘steal’ electrons from normal healthy cells. Where do antioxidants fit in? Free radicals are unstable because they have only one electron. Antioxidants neutralise thiem by providing a spare election, halting the oxidative stress process.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ANTIOXIDANTS?
While all antioxidants share the ability to prevent oxidative stress, each type has its own distinct benefits for your complexion. Let’s examine the characteristics of the key types of antioxidants utilised in SkinCeuticals formulas to help you understand which antioxidant is right for your skin.
Resveratrol is part of a group of anti-ageing antioxidants called polyphenols known to help minimise photodamage from UV radiation. This powerful anti-ageing ingredient can also help comfort skin prone to redness and brighten uneven complexions.
Also known as tocopherol, vitamin E is a highly moisturising ingredient that also has powerful antioxidant properties and benefits for acne-prone skin. This ingredient is often found in moisturisers and eye creams, as well as facial serums. This comforting ingredient is suitable for all skin types and pairs particularly well with vitamin C to aid absorption and antioxidant efficacy.
Vitamin C (also known as l-ascorbic acid) is synonymous with the anti-ageing benefits of antioxidants because using vitamin C serums can help stimulate collagen synthesis, minimising the look of fine lines and wrinkles. On the other hand, vitamin C can be highly beneficial for minimising uneven pigmentation and brightening dull skin.
While ferulic acid doesn’t work on existing skin damage, this antioxidant helps manage signs of skin ageing. Perhaps the most important benefit of ferulic acid is the way it helps increase the effects of vitamin E and vitamin C when used together in the same product.
Derived from the milk thistle plant, you can use products containing silymarin for antioxidant skin benefits against the photoageing process as well as regulating sebum (skin oil) production. This ingredient can help visibly minimise pores and manage blemish-prone skin.
Found in apples and apple tree bark, phloretin has the useful quality of enhancing absorption for other beneficial ingredients to help them work at an optimal level within your skin. Phloretin also has potent antioxidant benefits in its own right, with an emphasis on helping improve uneven skin tone.
ANTIOXIDANT SERUM BENEFITS
As you now know, each antioxidant ingredient has distinct skin benefits in addition to neutralising harmful free radicals. Read on to learn which of our antioxidant serums fits best with your skin type and skin concerns.
DULL LOOKING SKIN:
If your complexion is looking dull or uneven, our C E Ferulic Vitamin C Serum is formulated with optimal concentrations of l-ascorbic acid, vitamin E and ferulic acid. These powerful antioxidants work in synergy to protect against free radical damage while also promoting a more radiant complexion.
If you have sensitive skin, our Serum 10 AOX Vitamin C Serum for Sensitive Skin is formulated with your skin type in mind. Vitamin C can be intense for sensitive skin, but this powerful yet gentle formula is ideal as an introductory antioxidant serum, for all skin types, even sensitive skin.
COMBINATION OR OILY SKIN:
If you have combination or oily skin our Silymarin CF Vitamin C Serum for Oily Skin is your ideal vitamin C serum option. Formulated with silymarin to help regulate sebum and salicylic acid to target blocked pores, this serum provides antioxidant protection and management for acne-prone skin at the same time.
If you’re noticing the first signs of ageing, we recommend using our Phloretin CF Vitamin C Serum to help create a brighter, younger looking complexion. Featuring an array of cooperative ingredients, this serum targets fine lines, wrinkles, skin discolouration and dullness.
If your skin is beginning to feel less firm, we recommend our Resveratrol B E Antioxidant Night Serum featuring a maximised concentration of 1% pure, stable resveratrol to reveal visible radiance, density and a firmer looking complexion.