Benefits of antioxidants on your skin
No other ingredient has been raved about or hyped more than antioxidants. From Vitamin C to copper peptides, take a look at how antioxidants can treat even your most stubborn skin concerns.
If there’s one beauty buzzword that has stood the test of time in the past decade, it’s antioxidants. We see it everywhere from skincare to superfoods to fitness programs – but what exactly do antioxidants do? Do you even need them? Here, we look into the main types of antioxidants and why they are essential to every skincare routine.
First off, what is oxidation?
Antioxidants are molecules that counter oxidative stress by neutralising free radicals and preventing them from attacking healthy cells.
What does a sliced apple and your skin have in common? If left uncared for, both are susceptible to oxidation – a natural process that causes discolouration and degradation. Your body undergoes this all the time but in the case of your skin, oxidative damage can cause premature aging, dullness, and pigmentation.
The process naturally occurs as skin ages, but can also happen when aggressors such as pollutants and UV exposure generate free radicals that damage your cells. Antioxidants, as the name suggests, are molecules that counter oxidative stress by neutralising free radicals and preventing them from attacking healthy cells.