Here's Why You Should Be Using Antioxidants For Skin

If you’ve heard of skincare, you’ve probably also heard of antioxidants. The importance of antioxidants is stressed by almost everyone in the beauty world – but what are they and what do they actually do? We’ve broken down the basics of antioxidants including how they work, how they benefit your skin and how you can work them into our skincare routine as well as giving some of our top recommendations for products you can add instantly.

What do antioxidants do?

To understand antioxidants, you first have to understand what free radicals are and how they work. Free radicals are molecules produced by the body, either as a by-product of normal bodily functions or in reaction to exposure to external stressors such as pollution or UV rays. Free radicals contain unpaired electrons, which enables them to bind with other cells in search of spare electrons. This damages the cells that they bind to. This can be useful if it’s an unwanted cell such as bacteria but less so if they bind with skin cells.

Antioxidants, on the other hand, have extra electrons. They “donate” these electrons to free radicals, helping stabilise them and preventing them from binding to other cells. This can help to limit cell damage, protecting your skin’s barrier and reducing the appearance of signs of ageing.

 
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Antioxidant benefits for skin

This balance between free radicals and antioxidants mean that antioxidants are great for helping protect your skin and maintaining its natural barrier. It can reduce the impact of environmental stressors and help speed up the repair process. Free radicals can also impact melanin production, leading to uneven skin tones and dark spots. This can be counteracted by antioxidants, helping maintain your natural glow and a smoother skin tone.

Antioxidants come in many forms, which mean that some will have different benefits for others. For example, Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant which is known for targeting hyperpigmentation. Resveratrol is another well-known antioxidant, which is known for its antibacterial properties that help soothe the skin.

Many antioxidants also have anti-inflammatory properties, which are great for reducing the appearance of sun damage. This is great when complemented by SPF protective products.

 

Should I wear sunscreen every day?

The protective nature of SPF is why you’ll almost always hear dermatologists recommend sunscreen as your number one skincare product. Rays from the sun, known as UV or ultraviolet rays, come in two forms: UVA (which can penetrate the skin and cause cell damage) and UVB (which causes sunburn).  Even if the sky looks cloudy, you still need to stay stocked up on SPF because clouds don’t block UV rays.

It’s important to make sure you wear an SPF every day. It’s typically recommended that you apply sunscreen as the last step of your skincare routine and before you apply your makeup to get maximum benefits. Our Cell Renewal Day Cream boasts SPF 30 protection that boosts your skin’s vitality and is rich in antioxidants.

Antioxidant serum for skin

To make sure you’re getting the most out of your antioxidant products, make sure you apply them both day and night. Daytime products help protect the skin from stressors you might encounter throughout the day, while night-time serums take advantage of the time when your skin is most effectively renewing cells. 

Our Cell Renewal Midnight Serum is made for both. Apply 3 to 4 drops to dry skin every morning and night and after just a week, skin looks brighter, younger and more luminous. It’s been formulated with antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, which is known for holding on to water molecules and so helping to hydrate the skin. This leaves a firmer, plumper appearance and can reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Together with the antioxidant formula, this creates a strong and healthy skin barrier that’s ready to take on the day and refresh overnight!

Ready to get started with an ultra-protective and science-backed skincare routine? Start with our Midnight Serum for your face and don’t forget your sunscreen!

 
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