Did you know that the secret to youthful and supple skin lies in how it is treated at the cellular level? Left unprotected against free radicals, our skin can age prematurely, get dry or break out in blemishes that can hide our natural good looks. This is why antioxidants and skincare go hand in hand!
Antioxidants can do more than just heal skin, they can make it look younger and supple at the same time. Read on to find out how they work and the number of benefits they offer.
How Antioxidants Work
Our skin cells are constantly undergoing change and rebirth. However, when they come into contact with free radicals (reactive molecules that can steal electrons and thus damage cells in the process), our derma can end up suffering. These manifest either from metabolic processes in our body or from external sources (such as cigarette smoke and pollutants).
Skincare products that contain antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, can prevent that from happening by neutralising free radicals. How? By donating electrons and/or from preventing free radicals from forming in the first place.
There is a natural and delicate balance of antioxidants and free radicals on our skin. If it tips or is disrupted, (i.e. the latter exceeds the former), oxidative stress sets in. This process ages the skin prematurely, triggers inflammatory conditions, such as acne, makes dark spots appear and can even cause cancer in the long run.
Think of your skin as a slice of apple left out in the open for too long. With time, the peel dries up and the flesh takes on an orange hue. That is oxidation in progress.
The best way to prevent this from happening to our skin is if we shield it from the elements, specifically harmful UV rays that the sunlight is known for. However, even sunscreen can prove inefficient if the free radicals on your skin are formed from components other than UV radiation. This includes pollutants, such as smog, infrared radiation from X-Rays and other stressors.
Top Antioxidant Skincare Benefits
Antioxidants impact skin in the following ways:
As an Anti-Inflammatory
Skincare products that contain antioxidants can reduce inflammation, such as acne and other breakouts. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) in specific products can do this by stimulating circulation and skin cell metabolism, resulting in an even skin tone and wrinkle-free derma. It can even reduce fine lines and minimise pores, ensuring the product you use gets maximum coverage.
As a Skin Firming Agent
Antioxidants can also make skin look and feel firmer to the touch. Some types, such as coenzyme Q-10, protects our skin from the molecular level by shielding it from free radicals and by reducing collagen degradation that can otherwise make us look older than we really are. It can also reduce photo-aging damage.
As An Anti-Aging Ingredient
While wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, they can manifest before their time if your skin is stressed beyond normal levels or undergoes severe oxidative stress. This can happen if you stay out on the sun too long or work in harsh conditions for prolonged periods of time.
Antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, are particularly beneficial in this regard. Vitamin C is known for helping reduce melanin production and vitamin E for decreasing UV hyper-pigmentation. If both ingredients are present in a skincare product, the results are magnified.
As A Skin Brightening Agent
Antioxidants can make skin look younger by triggering its natural glow and by evening out our skin’s tone. Some such as vitamin C, prevent free radical damage and promotes collagen synthesis which offers the same benefits.
This vital vitamin also inhibits melanin production which can lighten hyper-pigmentation and brown spots which can otherwise make skin look motley and dull.
Not all products that contain antioxidants are created equal. Formulating ones that can provide the benefits they promise can be a challenge, but doable. These ingredients should have high anti-oxidative capabilities and should be stable enough not to degrade with time and when the product is applied to the skin. Additionally, these should also be in high enough concentrations in the product and stable enough to keep degradation at bay and remain biologically active in the skin.
Which Antioxidants Are The Best?
Despite the endless number of antioxidants that are used in skincare, two, backed by research, stand out head and shoulders above the rest.
Often listed as tocopherol, vitamin E is a fat-soluble ingredient that can last longer on the skin than its synthetic counterparts. Besides protecting the skin against UV light exposure, it also works well with vitamin C to help with signs of ageing.
Often listed as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that is known particularly for its ability to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It can also tone out uneven skin and make it look fresh and young. Similar to vitamin E, this ingredient is also soluble and can remain on the skin long enough to rejuvenate it. Vitamin C is also known to calm and hydrate inflammatory skin without worsening the condition and create a shield around it that can protect it against daily stressors.
Speisialtóir, Vitamin C & E Serum from Efani Co.
While both vitamin C and E are beneficial for the skin, your skin will benefit from the results they offer faster if they are used in targeted forms such as via serums. This is where Efani Co.'s Speisialtóir, Vitamin C & E Serum comes into the picture.
As a potent antioxidant serum, Speisialtóir contains high enough concentration of Vitamin C and E, backed by a patented formulation that ensure penetration and stability of the product. By assisting in stimulating the production of collagen and fighting against free radical damages, the specially formulated serum can help enhance the texture as well as the tone of your skin to make it look firm and fresh at the same time.