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The Top #4 Antioxidants in Skincare and All Their Benefits

You might have heard a lot about antioxidants in skincare, or seen antioxidants are present in some of your favourite skincare products - but do you really know all they can do for your skin?

Let's take a look at the skin conditions that antioxidants target, which skin types they are suited for and how to best incorporate them into your skincare regime!

 

What are Antioxidants and what do they do?

 

Antioxidants are a type of molecule found in many skincare products in the form of ingredients that keep your skin protected from outside stressors caused by free radicals.

Pollution, UV rays, stress and chemicals are some of the external aggressors that can attack your skin cells. The role of antioxidants is to fight off the damage caused, which can lead to premature skin ageing, among other concerns.




What does free radical damage do to your skin?



Free radical damage causes oxidative stress to the skin cells. When this happens, we have a breakdown of the elastin and collagen of the skin, causing premature ageing in the form of inflammation and even hyperpigmentation.



The #4 main types of Antioxidants and what they can do for your skin


Antioxidants have multiple uses. In addition to protecting your skin cells from free radical damage, they can help with skin conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation, ageing and more!

Take a look at the 5 main types of antioxidants and their multiple uses!

Vitamin A (retinol)

 

Helps clear up acne and smooth out wrinkles and is the number one ingredient for anti-ageing in skincare.

#protip Combine this with Vitamin C and Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), which are both known for their ability to brighten skin and dark spots, you'll then have a powerful combination to fight ageing plus fade pigmentation.




Water-soluble antioxidants (Vitamin C and B3)


These are very helpful at shielding the outside of the cell against free radicals, hence utilised better in the morning routine.

 

Fat or Oil Soluble antioxidants (Vitamin A and E)

 

If you already have a Vitamin A serum, that might also contain Vitamin E. These are powerful protectors of the internal cell structure.

Master Antioxidants

These are special types of antioxidants that can be both water and oil-soluble, meaning they are able to shield the outside of the cell while protecting the internal structures. An example of a master antioxidant is Resveratrol.


Moreover, we now start to see the master antioxidant Co-enzyme Q10 widely used in anti- ageing serums too. The newfound popularity of this ingredient is due to the unique ability it has to protect the mitochondria of the cell, which is responsible for the production of energy - it's basically what gives our cell its "battery".

Where do you find Antioxidants?


Antioxidants
are present in most skincare products, but especially in serums and moisturisers.


It is really important to be consistent with the use of antioxidants so that you see the best results after using them for about one month.


Most of them are most beneficial when used in your AM routine - except Vitamin A, this is best used only in the PM routine.


Here are some of out top selling antioxidant products

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This convenient mist-on formula supplements skin’s protective barrier by creating an active antioxidant shield to help fight free radical damage, and help prevent the signs of ageing caused by Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs) – a damaging byproduct of sugar/protein reactions on the skin. Pea Extract helps firm skin, while Rose and Clove extracts comfort and refresh, making this mist ideal for use after cleansing or throughout the day.


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This powerful multi-vitamin serum is infused with a power blend of vitamins, amino acids and plant antioxidants to diminish the look of fine lines, dryness and dullness. Delivers maximum antioxidants for radiant, healthy-looking skin.


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Strengthen, smooth, and protect skin while dramatically reducing the appearance of discolouration. This advanced corrective contains hexylresorcinol, a powerful skin-brightening agent; silymarin, a potent antioxidant; and maximum vitamin concentrations: 20% vitamin C and 5% Vitamin E.

About the Author


My name is Rochelle, I have been lucky enough to be in the Beauty Industry for over 30 years helping clients achieve amazing results with their skin.

With 3 children of my own, I understand life is busy, so I'd love to help you find the best regimen that works for you and your lifestyle!

Having owned my own traditional based Beauty Salon and time in the Laser Industry, I've learnt that my passion lies in results-driven skin treatments and products. I feel so fortunate to have the most amazing brands at my fingertips. This allows me to give the best possible treatment and home care advice you need to achieve the skin you desire

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