You have probably heard the word antioxidants, and use them daily but do you know what they do and why they should be a part of a daily skincare regimen?
Antioxidants coined “damage defenders'' help skin maintain a healthy appearance. But that's not all, antioxidants protect the skin from free radical damage, and UV damage, combat the visible signs of aging, fight breakouts, help with hyperpigmentation, and calm inflammation. Antioxidants also provide the skin with hydration and increase moisture retention to help revitalize dull-looking skin.
The Best Antioxidants for Your Skin
Vitamin A- fights fine lines and wrinkles, helps to keep pores clean, brightens, evens out skin tone, fights breakouts, and exfoliates.
Skin Type- Best for all skin types except women who are pregnant, nursing, or using another product that is either contraindicated or deactivating (things like drying toners or benzoyl peroxide). As with most ingredients, there could be some potential side effects which include redness and irritation. Those with ultra-sensitive or dry skin should proceed with caution.
Vitamin C- is a powerful antioxidant that brightens and protects the skin from environmental stressors, helps with wound healing, evens skin tone, and plumps, reduces the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, exfoliates, hydrates, and reduces the appearance of dark spots, and firms the skin.
Skin type- Best for all skin types including sensitive skin.
Vitamin E- Vitamin E helps protect the skin from environmental stressors that can exacerbate the signs of aging. It also helps to moisturize, heal and soften skin, and even skin tone.
Skin type- Best for sensitive, mature, and dehydrated skin.
**Avoid Vitamin E if you struggle with combination and or oily skin. Vitamin E can be too oily and can cause clogged pores which can cause congestion and aggravate the skin.
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Niacinamide- Also known as B3, this powerful antioxidant improves hyperpigmentation, skin texture, and tone. It reduces fine lines, and wrinkles, and calms inflammation. Niacinamide can also soothe breakouts, improve skin’s barrier function and help fight redness. Often used to treat skin conditions like rosacea and acne and is not known to cause any adverse reactions.
Skin Type- Best for all skin types including sensitive skin.
Resveratrol- A naturally occurring antioxidant that can be found in the skin of grapes, all berries, and even dark chocolate. Fights aging and protects the skin from harmful UV rays, and pollutants, its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and has antifungal properties. Improves the overall appearance of the skin by stimulating collagen production. Keeping skin healthy and free from breakouts and inflammation.
Skin Type- Best for all skin types.
CoQ10C (Coenzyme Q10) also known as Ubiquinone is a super compound that our body makes naturally with powerful antioxidant properties to protect us from environmental stressors. With age, the process slows down. CoQ10C helps to firm, hydrate, energize, protect, even out skin tone, fights dullness, and smooths skin.
Skin Types- All skin types. Coenzyme Q10 has been safely used by pregnant women, but more research is needed. As far as topical applications go, the risk is low, but you should always consult your OBGYN and check ingredients labels thoroughly.
Polyphenols- There are thousands of types of polyphenols (resveratrol is one) which are found in fruits, vegetables, green or black tea (also called flavonoids), and other botanicals. These compounds possess anti-inflammatory, immune function, and antioxidant properties to prevent UV damage. Studies show that consumption and topical use of ingredients rich in polyphenols helps to improve the skin’s natural defense against oxidative stress, prevent signs of aging, and repair DNA damage. Polyphenols also reduce irritation and inflammation in the skin and accelerate wound healing. They protect the skin from cancer and other forms of skin damage, reversing signs of aging, including sunspots, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Skin Type- Best for all skin types- especially sensitive skin, and skin types with rosacea, or eczema.