Every skincare brand has its antioxidant darling.
Literally no one had heard of quercetin before Korres proudly showed off its name on all its skincare products. Now, it’s on everyone’s lips.
Rumour has it, it can reduce wrinkles and make your skin firmer and more elastic. Can it deliver?
What The Heck Is Quercetin?
Quercetin is a member of the flavonoid family, a group of antioxidants with soothing properties.
Flavonoids are the pigments that give fruits and vegs their beautiful rich colours. You’ll find quercetin in apples, tea, olive oil, leafy vegs like cabbage and spinach, citrus fruits like lemon, red wine and grapes – to name just a few!
What Does Quercetin Do For Your Skin?
Here’s the catch: scientists have just started studying quercetin, so we don’t know too much about it, yet. But, what we know is good.
Quercetin is a flavonoid, so it has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It can destroy the free radicals that cause premature wrinkles, keeping your skin looking younger for longer.
Let’s be clear: quercetin helps prevent new wrinkles from forming, it can’t get rid of the ones you already have.
Quercetin also soothes inflammation, another main cause of wrinkles. It helps with eczema, too.
What Are The Best Skincare Products With Quercetin?
Korres may have made quercetin famous, but my fave skincare products with this antioxidant come from other brands (sorry, Korres!):
- Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution ($88.00): quercetin + ferulic acid + retinol. Available at Look Fantastic and Sephora.
- Elta MD UV Physical SPF 41 ($30.00): quercetin + titanium dioxide + zinc oxide. Available at Skincarerx.
- Paula’s Choice Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum ($30.00): quercetin + niacinamide + vitamin C. Available at Look Fantastic and Nordstrom.
The Bottom Line
Quercetin isn’t the miracle worker Korres claims it is (surprise, surprise!) but it can help you keep wrinkles at bay. I’m a fan.
Have you ever used products with Quercetin? Share your experience in the comments below.