Antioxidants are absolute skincare heroes and thankfully there are buckets to choose from!
Benefits of potent antioxidants include promotion of skin collagen production, assistance with skin healing, and skin repair. Antioxidants fight free radical damage, skin inflammation, and improve the effectiveness of daily sun protection.
If you want the absolute most from topical antioxidants in your skincare products, then you need to use a variety of different antioxidants. Think of antioxidants a bit like food – you need a variety of healthy foods to give you the nutrients your body needs. Go crazy, the more antioxidants the better!
Below are some awesome antioxidants for great skin:
- Green Tea.
Delicious tea (particularly green tea) is a powerful antioxidant – both consumed and contained in a well formulated skin care product applied to the skin. Green tea combats inflammation, helps to reduce UV damage to the skin by fighting free radicals, and the compounds in green tea help to prevent the breakdown of skin collagen. Look for green tea in toners, serums, sun protection, treatments and moisturisers.
The potent antioxidant resveratrol can be found in such foods as cranberries, dark chocolate, peanuts, blueberries, red varieties of grapes and red wine. While the jury is still out on the benefits of resveratrol when consumed, resveratrol when contained in a skincare product can have anti inflammatory properties – which can help reduce skin cell damage, assist with the production of skin collagen and help protect the skin from sun damage. Find resveratrol in skin serums, moisturisers and even in some makeup!
- Vitamin C.
One of the most popular antioxidants and possibly the most researched is vitamin C. Vitamin C is a very potent antioxidant often touted as one of the best anti ageing ingredients to combat fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C also significantly reduces skin discolourations, including post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation – which helps repair skin damage, fights inflammation and works to prevent free radical damage.
Look out for vitamin C in serums, treatments and moisturisers. Keep in mind that it’s important to only purchase skincare products containing vitamin C that are correctly packaged. Vitamin C needs to be protected from light and air exposure to prevent degradation. Choose opaque, airtight packaging over jars or tubs.
- Vitamin E.
Another amazing antioxidant to look out for is vitamin E. This wonderful ingredient helps reduce the symptoms of a nasty sunburn, increases the performance of your sun protection, helps to protect against harmful UV damage, fights free radical damage, protects the skin’s barrier from damage when cleansing with harsh surfactants, prevents skin water loss, and works exceptionally well at treating the skin when paired with vitamin C. Products that commonly contain vitamin E include foundations, sun protection, lip balms, moisturisers, facial oils, toners, treatments and serums.
Retinol or vitamin A is both a cell communicating ingredient and an antioxidant. A cell communicating ingredient works by essentially ordering the skin to behave properly and perform how it should. When applied typically in skin care retinol improves skin surface texture, reduces the frequency and severity of breakouts, reduces post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, increases collagen production in the skin, firms the skin, prevents premature ageing, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and generally makes the skin look and feel youthful. Look for forms of retinol and retinol derivatives in serums, moisturisers and treatments.