Skin Care Antioxidants – How To Get The Most Out Of Them

Last week I wrote about different antioxidants in skin care products, and how to decode them.
Today we are going to look at how to get the most out of the antioxidants in your skin care, in 5 simple steps.

1. Read The Ingredient List.
If the antioxidants in your lotions and potions are at the bottom of the ingredient list they have probably been added as preservatives, and are unlikely to be active ingredients. As such you get no benefit from them.

2. Use A Gel Or A Serum    

Kate Sommerville Antioxidant Serum

Gels and serums are easier mediums to stabilize the antioxidants in, and typically you will use a serum underneath your moisturizer, which makes it more effective. The heavy hitting ingredients that do the big jobs should ideally be as close to the skin as possible, in the first products you apply.

3. Mix Up A Blend
Antioxidants work synergisticly together and target different free radicals, so the more you have on, the better.
Some skin care products contain blends, but if your don’t then layer them.

4. Time It Right
If you pile all your products on top of each other you will have a skincare soup on the surface of the skin, diluting the efficacy of the specialty ingredients. So cleanse your skin, then apply your serum and give it a few minutes to penetrate and soak in. Then apply your moisturizer, again giving it a few minutes (pour yourself a cup of coffee or lay out your clothes etc) then once your moisturizer has absorbed apply your facial SPF.

Fashion Editor Giovanna Battaglia (Bat Gio) in NYC with Fendi Baguette

5. Know When You Need Them
Antioxidants are a barrier and pacman like combatants to environmental pollutants, so you need to use them at the right time.
For most of us that means applying them in the morning before going out to face the day.
However, if you are going to spend the evening in a smoky bar or be out in the city in the evening its a good idea to have your antioxidant serums on then. 
They are somewhat wasted if you just apply them before bed.

How To Decipher Antioxidants In Skin Care Products

Deciphering Antioxidants In Skincare

We all know that antioxidants help us to fight free radicals
that we are exposed to through UV Damage, smoking, smog and other environmental
pollutants, but in the complex world of skin care products it can be confusing
trying to figure out which antioxidants we need on the ingredient list, and
what they actually do.

Here is a breakdown of 6 Major Antioxidants 

found in skin care products

Vitamin C.
One of the most important antioxidants, Vitamin C is a powerhouse super skin

*It protects the skin’s cells and support structure from UV

*It improves the appearance of sun damaged skin

*it reduces inflammation

*It promotes the production of collagen

* It makes micro – derms and peels more effective

* It boosts the effectiveness of sunscreens

*And overall strengthens the skin’s barrier response.

Idebenone Idebenone is a bioengineered cousin of the human antioxidant CoEnzymeQ10, said to be up to 1000x more effective.

*It targets aging at the cellular source, the mitochondria, where it helps to revitalize the skin’s cells by eliminating excess free radical formation that results from the way skin cells make energy.

* It defends cell membranes

*It has an Environmental Protection Factor of EPF 95, the highest rating of all antioxidants tested.

*It is thought to prevent fine lines and wrinkles and protect skin cells

*The healthier the skin is, the more collagen it produces,
which makes it look firmer.

* It reduces inflammatory responses in the skin

*It reduces redness and swelling

Green Tea
Because it is packed with polyphenols green tea absorbs really well, reducing
inflammation and protecting the skin against UV induced DNA damage.

*In some studies it has been shown to neutralize UV light.

*It is thought to prevent skin cancer

*It rejuvenates skin cells

*It can improve psoriasis and dandruff conditions

*It can soothe acne and lighten skin

*It fights free radicals

*It is a natural anti-inflammatory

Coffee Cherries are thought to be exceptionally high in “super”

*It is known to be calming and soothing to the skin

*It has anti-inflamatory properties which reduce redness and

*It protects the integrity of the skin’s elastin and collagen,
reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Resveratrol protects
and defends against free radicals

*It protects against sun damage

*It improves collagen synthesis

*It reduces inflammation

*It reduces cell damage

*some studies have shown that resveratrol can inhibit tumor

Niacinimide The
best of Vitamin B

Niacinamide is the active component in Vitamin B3 and has
been shown to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier and sooth inflammation.
This one is definitely on the A-list of supersonic skincare ingredients.

       *It increases
ceramide and free fatty acid levels in the skin

* It stimulates microcirculation
in the dermis

*It is said to be able to address
skin discolorations (often in tandem with Vitamin C and glucosamine)

*It has been shown to reduce acne