Your skin is under attack. Every single day.
UV rays, pollution, a poor diet and smoking all send their armies of free radicals to wreak havoc on your skin and give you wrinkles and dark spots. How can you defend yourself against them?
Antioxidants. These little soldiers incessantly patrol your body every day looking for free radicals to destroy.
But which one to choose? You’ve probably heard that vitamin C + vitamin E + ferulic acid (CEF) is the way to go. I totally agree with that. That’s an essential weapon in any anti-aging arsenal.
But, on its own, it’s not enough. The sad truth is that every antioxidant can kill only one or two types of free radicals (ferulic acid kills three because it’s awesome like that).
So, the more antioxidants you add into your skincare routine, the better. But, just to be clear, you don’t need to get all your antioxidants fix from one serum. If you want to keep your routine short, you can pick a hydrating serum and supplement with a moisturiser or toner full of antioxidants.
I love serums. They contain a higher concentration of antioxidants so they work better and faster. So I’m dedicating this entire post to them. Here are my fave antioxidant serums:
Best antioxidant serum for sun protection: Skinceuticals CE Ferulic ($166.00)
Skinceuticals CE Ferulic ($153.00) is one of the few outrageously expensive skincare products I’m happy to splurge on. It was the first serum to come out with CEF: it has 15% L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), 1% Alpha-Tocopherol (Vitamin E) and Ferulic Acid. They’re all powerful antioxidants on their own but together, they’re unstoppable. Studies show they boost collagen production, fight free radicals and enhance the sun protection of your sunscreen. Did I mention it brightens skin and fades away dark spots too?
Available at: Dermstore
Best antioxidant serum for Oily skin: Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum With Retinol ($34.00)
With its lightweight, non-greasy texture, Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum With Retinol is ideal for oily and combo skin. Plus, it’s loaded with antioxidants to the brim: it has tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (a form of Vitamin C that penetrates skin more deeply than L-Ascorbic Acid – the one in Skinceuticals) , vitamin E, green tea and grape seed extract (to name a few!). But the star ingredients are Retinyl Palmitate and Retinol, two forms of retinoids that can really reduce wrinkles.
Best antioxidant serum for Dry Skin: Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum With Retinol
The formula is similar to that of the Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum, so I’ll be brief. Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum With Retinol is just as loaded with antioxidants BUT it has less retinoids and MORE soothing ingredients to calm down redness and irritation. With this little tweaks, Paula’s Choice has created a formula that’s as beneficial but less irritating for dry skin.
Best Natural Antioxidant Serum: FarmHouse Fresh Wine Down Overnight Super Antioxidant Recovery Serum ($56.00)
Ok, FarmHouse Fresh Wine Down Overnight Super Antioxidant Recovery Serum has just a drop of fragrance but hear me out. Not only it’s full of antioxidants but it also has its fair share of soothing agents – like chamomile and green tea – to calm down irritations and redness. Plus, they use some of the proceedings to support organisations that rescue abused animals. Don’t you wish more brands did that?
Available at: Dermstore
Best Antioxidant Serum To Use As A Supplement: The Ordinary EUK 134 0.1% (£6.90)
The Ordinary EUK 134 0.1% is an anomaly. It has only ONE antioxidant. But that tiny little molecule packs a punch. EUK 134 is a mimetic of superoxide dismutase and catalase, a fancy way to call an antioxidants that destroys hydrogen peroxide (the worst type of free radical). Plus, it’s self-regenerating. While other antioxidants die after destroying a free radical, EUK 134 survives to destroy more little buggers. The problem? Very few antioxidant serums use it. That’s why I recommend you supplement one of the antioxidants serum above with this (just don’t use it with Vitamin C – that completely destroys it!).
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