Antioxidants are showing up in a huge variety of skin and beauty products. I get a lot of questions about how to best incorporate them into a skin care routine. Why do we care about antioxidants? Our skin suffers from oxidative stress every day, just from being exposed to the air and outdoor environment. The sun amplifies this oxidative stress, and even good sunblocks can’t block 100% of the radiation that causes damage. This damage results in skin aging; irregular pigment and texture, wrinkling and decreased elasticity.
Antioxidants are in vitamins such at Vitamin C and E, and also in other proteins and enzymes that occur naturally in our bodies and other plants and organic sources. Beauty and skincare brands are always searching for more ways to deliver these ingredients in sunscreens, anti-aging products and moisturizers. Antioxidants were first introduced in the form of serums and this is still a great way to apply them. One good example is SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum. It has three effective antioxidant ingredients and the serum is easy to apply and quickly absorbs. If the extra step of a serum sounds like a hassle, you can find antioxidants blended into your daily sunscreen. Examples are Cetaphil UVA/OVB defense SPF 50 and La Roche Posay Antihelios 60 Sunscreen,Ultra Light Fluid. There are lots of other options out there, these are just two of many.
If you want the most complete skincare routine to prevent skin aging and sun damage, it should include an antioxidant-containing product. I know, it seems like the list of “essentials” keeps growing, but we just keep finding more benefits of these little miracle ingredients and I can’t keep it a secret.