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The Most Important Skin-Care Product, After Sunscreen

antioxidants for skin

Antioxidants for Skin

Despite our best efforts to shield our skin from the sun to prevent against sun damage and skin cancer, theres another environmental stressor threatening our youthful glow. Air pollution generates oxidants, also known as free radicals, which follow us around, indoors and outdoors, and, like the sun, can accelerate the signs of aging.Eighty percent of aging is caused by free radicals, says Mathilde Thomas, co- founder of Caudalie. They are what turn fruit brown and rust cars. The good news is, when it comes to extrinsic aging, meaning external exposures that age us, there are preventative measures we can take.Antioxidant ingredients can help prevent free-radical damage thats done by either pollution or UV exposure, says Dr. Meghan OBrien, a dermatologist in New York City. Studies show one of the top antioxidant ingredients is vitamin C. In addition, vitamin C has other anti-aging benefits, primarily that it can help prevent pigment formation, and it can help with collagen production, says OBrien.Another effective antioxidant ingredient is Viniferin. We did some studies, and it is 62 times more effective than vitamin C to brighten the skin, says Thomas. It has the same effectiveness, but even the most sensitive skin types can use Viniferin. The ingredient can be found in Caudalies Vinoperfect line. Its star product, the Vinoperfect serum, is the number one antioxidant in five European countries. In Europe, its popular because you wear it underneath your sunscreen and it prevents against brown spots, says Thomas. In America, its really popular for acne scarsit lightens themand in Asia its very popular because it brightens the skin.OBrien recommends applying an antioxidant to skin every day, as well as a sunscreen, as they both protect skin and heal damage that’s already been done. Weve done studiesif you start wearing sunscreen for six months, your skin will improve, says O’Brien. So its not just your skin wont get worse, itll give it some room to heal itself.Its also a good idea to reapply an antioxidant at night. You get rid of everything that pollutes your skin when you sleep, says Thomas, and an antioxidant is a good detox ingredient for your skin.Below, a roundup of our favourite antioxidant skin care products.(Also, learn how eating antioxidants can improve your health.)

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