We’ve heard of the importance of including antioxidants in our diet, but what about antioxidants in skincare? If you have them in your skincare currently, do you know why you are slathering them on your skin?
Well, like what they do for the body when you eat them, antioxidants in skincare protect the skin against the harmful effects of free radicals, nasty things in the environment (air pollution, chemicals, cigarette smoke) that breaks down your skin’s elasticity everyday.
Yes, antioxidants in your skincare prevent free radicals from sucking life out of your face, basically. They allow your skin to repair by moping up free radicals. The question is, what are the best antioxidants for your skin?
VITAMIN C – BRIGHTENING
A hot favourite of many doctors, this is the antioxidant to go to to perk up dull, tired-looking skin. It can also reduce hyperpigmentation, boost collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines and even out skin tone.
VITAMIN A – ANTI-AGING
When found in over-the-counter products, it’s actually known as retinol. Retinoids are one of the most powerful stuff in skincare now. This multi-tasking ingredient not only reduces hyperpigmentation, it also smoothens out fine lines and wrinkles, erases rough patches and reduces acne (even the hormonal ones).
Note that those with sensitive skin should use this with caution, avoid pairing this with other exfoliants or with Vitamin C to avoid skin irritation.
VITAMIN B3/NIACINAMIDE – ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
Doctors have now realized that applying Vitamin B3/Niacinamide to the skin has a array of benefits, including anti-inflammatory effects, strengthening the protective barrier of skin, reducing skin redness, improving fine lines and wrinkles, and improving skin hydration.
A word of advice, antioxidants provide a protective effect against premature aging but best results are achieved with longer term use. So find a routine that suits your skin and stick to it!