Anti-oxidants are found in many fruits and vegetables. Most commonly, anti-oxidants can be found in oranges, blueberries, acai berries, apples, broccoli and spinach. They can also be found in green tea, red wine and dark chocolate. Yes, if you’re ever in doubt: your nightcap is good for you! (in moderation, of course)
So, why are anti-oxidants good for you?
Anti-oxidants help repair your skin by reducing oxidative stress and the over-production of free radicals, which hinders your skin’s ability to rejuvenate and repair itself. In turn, this allows your skin to produce more collagen, which contributes to the elasticity and youthfulness of your skin! This is why anti-oxidants are almost always found in anti-aging products.
Other benefits to anti-oxidants include:
- helping to prevent sunburn
- increasing collagen production
- reducing photodamage
- preventing abnormal skin pigmentations
With all of these benefits, it is hard to find a reason NOT to incorporate these into your daily routine!
Our Favourite Anti-Oxidants for Your Skin
Topical anti-oxidants can come in many different forms. Below is a list of our favourite types of anti-oxidants for your skin:
Vitamin C (may be known as Ascorbic Acid)
By far the most popular anti-oxidant is Vitamin C. Not only can you find it in your favourite salad but it is also very commonly found in skincare products. Vitamin C stimulates the generation of collagen in your skin and also helps with inflammation. It has also been proven to reduce the look of dark spots. One of the most effective forms of Vitamin C is known as Ascorbic Acid (L-ascorbic acid). This is the most active form of Vitamin C but is also considered hard to stabilize, which means it can react with the air or your skin to cause irritation or a stinging sensation when applied. Other more stable forms of Vitamin C include ascorbyl palmitate and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate.
Our favourite Vitamin C products:
The Ordinary - Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F
The Ordinary - 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder
Vitamin A (also known as Retinol)
Retinol is a very popular ingredient of anti-aging products. When used over a period of time, it can reduce the look of wrinkles. This is because anti-oxidants stop the break down of collagen from oxidatives. In addition to being a great anti-oxidant, Vitamin A is crucial for your vision, cell division, reproduction and immunity. This is great because while Retinol is commonly used as a solution for wrinkles, it is also effective in preventing acne as Vitamin A stimulates cell turnover which slows down your skin’s oil production and keep pores clear. One thing to be mindful of when using retinol is that your skin is extra sensitive so being exposed to the sun after using retinol may cause skin irrational.
Our favourite Vitamin A products:
Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum
Drunk Elephant A-Passioni™ Retinol Cream
Niacinamide (Vitamin B)
Pronounced “Nee-Ah-Sin-Ah-Myd”, niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3 which is anti-inflammatory and great for people suffering from inflammatory skin conditions such as acne. Niacinamide improves the appearance of your skin's texture and tone. Similar to other anti-oxidants, it is used to reduces fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. When using niacinamide, it is best to refrain from mixing with Vitamin C or retinol.
Our favourite Niacinamide products:
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Ferulic acid is a plant-based antioxidant primarily used in anti-aging skin care products. Unlike some anti-oxidants, ferulic acid can be used with other acids – in fact, ferulic acid helps increase the effects of other acids. Similar to retinol (and commonly used together), ferulic acid is found in many anti-aging products as it reduces the look of find lines and wrinkles.
Our favourite Ferulic Acid products:
Skinceuticals C E Ferulic