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SKINSIGHT: Antioxidants, the damage defenders

Understanding an antioxidant requires a brief (as in very brief) science lesson. So, let’s dive in.

FACT: Antioxidants help protect the skin’s surface from oxidative damage caused by free radicals and environmental aggressors–like UV and pollution.

FACT: Free radicals are highly unstable roving molecules that cause damage hooking up (not always a good thing) with electrons from healthy molecules, expediting the skin’s aging process…ugh.

FACT: Consistency is key. When you consistently use a skincare product that contains antioxidants, the result is powerful protection leading to powerful anti-aging benefits.

With daily use, antioxidants can:
• help prevent sun damage
• help correct the signs of aging
• help skin repair itself
• calm skin inflammation
• help brighten skin tone
• hydrate and increase moisture retention.


Science lesson over, on to the good stuff: Where do you find these amazing antioxidants and which ones are best for your skin?
Below you’ll find just a few of the best in the antioxidant world. Remember, these are the avengers of free radical damage–including inflammation, free radical damage, and dull, saggy skin.

Vitamin C. If you’re starting to see signs of aging or you’ve been a sun baby for far too long, Vitamin C is one of the most popular and potent antioxidants–and a radical scavenging hero. It helps boost collagen production for firmer-looking skin, helps fade dark spots, and can help prevent sun damage, and slow hyperpigmentation. TIP: Always use a sunscreen after a vitamin C serum.

Niacinamide. If your skin’s a little dull or prone to inflammation, the antioxidant niacinamide–also known as Vitamin B3–helps calm inflammation, soothe breakouts, helps fight redness, and generally improves skin’s texture and tone. Oh, it also diminishes fine lines and wrinkles.

Retinol. Ah, yes. The one ingredient we all want to have in our arsenal. This antioxidant, a derivative of Vitamin A, helps stimulate collagen production and accelerate cell renewal and repair. Our favorite benefit: it smooths fine lines and wrinkles. A brilliant age-saver. It’s never too early to start thinking about (and using) an anti-aging regimen. Some experts recommend using anti-aging products in your 20’s, and prevention is better than a cure!

On a bright note…

We love C the World Brightening Serum. Loaded with Vitamin C derived from the superfruit camu camu, Vitamin E, and Hyaluronic Acid, this is a superstar antioxidant combination created to help lessen the appearance of dark spots, provide superior hydration, and protect against the damage caused by those pesky free radicals. C for yourself!

 

 

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