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We know antioxidants are good for the skin, but what do they really do? Here, the different types of antioxidants to know and what packaging to shop for to get the best one.| April 25, 2018
The word antioxidant appears very often on skincare bottles and health food supplements. But what exactly do they do? You know it is good for your body, but what of your face?
Oxidation is a natural occurrence that happens to anything, from the rusting of metal or the browning of an avocado. Either ways, it turns things brown and that is what can happen to your skin, too.
Free radicals are released as a byproduct of the process, which cling to and damage the skin, speeding up the process of ageing. It’s not just wrinkles that set in as it can cause the skin to look loose, discoloured and even have obvious broken blood vessels.
Here’s where antioxidants jump to the rescue. They neutralise free radicals, which can be found in many forms such as Vitamins C, A, E as well as niacinamide and retinol. These can either be consumed (ie. green tea, berries, dark chocolate) or applied topically onto the skin. Think about it like squeezing a bit of lemon juice onto a half of an avocado to keep it from turning brown. Furthermore, they also reduce the appearance of scar tissues, repair sun damage, calm inflammation and increase cell turnover. All very good stuff for turning the clock back on your skin.
Since different antioxidants target different problems, remember that there is strength in numbers. Having a blend of different ingredients is vital for optimum results. Some Vitamin C here, a little niacinamide there and some retinol to top it all off.
The other thing to note is that they break down in presence of sunlight and air, so make sure you get your dosage in opaque and air-restrictive containers. (Read: avoid light-coloured, transparent glass jars.) Below, we’ve got you covered with seven antioxidant workers – that are also packaged right – to help your skin spring back into action.
Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum
Natura Bissé C+C Dry Oil Antioxidant Sun Protection SPF30
Kypris Beauty Antioxidant Dew
Kahina Giving Beauty Antioxidant Mask
111 Skin Space Antioxidant Booster
De Mamiel Intense Nurture Antioxidant Elixir
Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Hydrator
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