Name: Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum
Brand: Paula’s Choice
From Paula’s Choice’s website:
– Effective for: Anti-Aging, Brown Spots, Eczema, Extra Sensitive Skin, Redness, Rosacea, Wrinkles
– Repairs multiple signs of aging
– Antioxidants and other proven ingredients help your skin look and act younger
– Vitamin C increases firmness as it brightens and stimulates collagen production
– Spreads easily and absorbs quickly
– Leaves your skin feeling exceptionally smooth
– Perfect as a silky primer under your favorite foundation
– 100% fragrance free
What I liked:
– smooth consistency, sinks quickly into the skin
– although the texture is slightly sticky, it doesn’t leave a greasy residue behind
– chockfull of antioxidants, helps prevent the signs of aging
– make skin feel smooth, firmer and look brighter
– thanks to Vitamin C, it can slowly reduce the appearance of sun spots
– the packaging looks professional and prevents antioxidants from oxidation
What I didn’t like:
– is not hydrating
When it comes to antiaging, prevention is the key. Once the damage is done, reversing it is very difficult, so, it’s best to focus on preventing it. Next to a broad-spectrum sunscreen and a retinol cream, the best ally for your skin is an antioxidant serum. Antioxidants fight free radicals, boost collagen production, reduce inflammation, help protect skin from environmental stress and can even enhance the photoprotective properties of sunscreen.
But which one to use? Well, there isn’t an antioxidant that’s better than the rest. They are actually more effective when used together, so the best thing would be to use a serum (or moisturizer) that’s chockfull of them. Like Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum. It contains Vitamins C and E, Ferulic Acid, Caffeic Acid, Ubiquinone and lots more beneficial goodies, all scientifically proven to help skin look its best.
Vitamins C & E
The serum contains Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, in the forms of Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate and Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, both of which are stable. Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is particularly effective because it can, without the help of a thinning solution, penetrate deep into the skin. Both forms can improve skin’s hydration, reduce hyperpigmentation and sun spots and boost collagen production.
Vitamin E is, instead, present in the forms of Tocotrienols, Tocopherols and Tocopheryl Acetate. In addition to being an excellent moisturizer (it can strengthen the skin’s protective barrier and reduce water loss), Vitamin E is also a powerful antioxidant that helps protect skin from sun damage. When used together, Vitamins C and E enhance each other effectiveness, as well as the photoprotective properties of sunscreen.
Ferulic Acid, Caffeic Acid and more!
The antioxidant and photoprotective properties of Vitamins C and E are further enhanced by Ferulic Acid, a powerful antioxidant that naturally occurs in the cell walls of whole grains, spinach, orange, apples and other vegs and fruits. Unlike most antioxidants that can fight only one type of free radicals, Ferulic Acid destroys three: superoxide, hydroxyl radical, and nitric oxide.
But that’s not all. Other potent antioxidants present in the serum include caffeic Acid, which naturally occurs in coffee, argan oil and many other plants; Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q-10), Superoxide Dismutase, Gluthatione, and Soybean Seed Extract. It would be too long to enumerate the merits of them all here, so suffice is to say that this network of powerful antioxidants helps fight free radicals and keep the signs of premature aging at bay.
A silicone base
Not everyone will be thrilled to discover this serum has a silicone base. Although silicones (like any other ingredient for that matter), may not work for everyone, they aren’t as bad as they are made out to be. Silicones have several benefits for the skin. They have emollient properties and can temporarily fill in fine lines and wrinkles, reducing their appearance; allow cosmetics to spread more easily on the skin; act as suspending agents, holding all the ingredients in the formula together; and create a protective barrier on the skin that prevents water loss.
However, because the structure of silicones is made up of larger molecules with wider spaces between each molecule, the barrier they create is breathable and allows the active ingredients to penetrate into the skin. It also means that silicones, on their own, aren’t comedogenic. They can, however, trap comedogenic ingredients under the barrier they create, and that can cause breakouts. But as long as you avoid using pore-clogging ingredients with silicones, your skin will be fine.
Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum is packaged in a grey and blue tube that ensures the antioxidants will remain stable and effective, and that dispenses just the right amount of product you need so that none gets wasted. The serum has a smooth and slightly sticky consistency that sinks into the skin really quickly without leaving a greasy residue behind. It can be used both before or after moisturizer, in the morning or at night, and can be applied around the eyes too. I apply it every morning before moisturizing because, as a rule, lightweight texture should be used before richer ones to enhance their penetration.
If you have dry skin, following the serum with a moisturizer will be necessary because its formula isn’t hydrating at all. It does leave skin very smooth, thanks to its silicone base, but not hydrated. Instead, the serum is formulated to boost collagen production and keep the signs of aging at bay, which it does by delivering a network of effective antioxidants into the skin. But because the serum works by preventing further damage rather than reducing any wrinkles or fine line you already have, its anti-aging benefits aren’t, obviously, visible straight away.
That doesn’t mean that you won’t see any improvement at all, though. In the short term, you’ll notice that your skin feels smoother, firmer, and looks brighter. If, unlike me, you have sun spots, you may also notice a reduction in their appearance due to the skin-lightening action of Vitamin C. And with continued use, the serum will help your skin act and look its best for longer.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone (silicone slip agents/suspending agents), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (stabilized vitamin C/antioxidant), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 (cell-communicating ingredient), Ceramide 3 (skin-repairing ingredient), Tocotrienols, Tocopherols (vitamin E/antioxidants), Ubiquinone (coenzyme Q10/antioxidant), Thioctic Acid (alpha lipoic acid/antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (stabilized vitamin C/antioxidant), Ferulic Acid, Caffeic Acid (antioxidants), Beta-Glucan (anti-irritant), Superoxide Dismutase (antioxidant), Epigallocatechin Gallate (green tea-derived antioxidant), Ergothioneine (mushroom-derived antioxidant), Glutathione (fruit-derived antioxidant), Xanthophyll (antioxidant pigment), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract (anti-inflammatory agent), Lupinus Albus Seed Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract (antioxidants), Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil (emollient), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).
Available at: paulaschoice.com
Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum is chockfull of antioxidants that help prevent the signs of aging, allowing your skin to look younger for longer. The serum, which is packaged in a tube that protects the antioxidants from oxidation, absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving it smooth and brighter, but not hydrated. In addition, it can slowly reduce sun spots thanks to the addition of Vitamin C.