Have heard the saying, an antioxidant serum a day keeps wrinkles away?
But not every antioxidant serum will do. Oh no. Most antioxidant serums only contain one or two antioxidants. Or better, a few drops of one or two antioxidants. Not enough to get the wrinkle prevention job done.
Antioxidants are like veggies. The more you use, the younger your skin will look. So stock up. Use every antioxidants you can get your little hands on.
But wait… Does that mean you’ll have to use like 20 serums? Cos if every serum only has one or two antioxidants, you’d have to use so many, your skincare routine will be 10 steps long!
There’s a shortcut. Get a serum like Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum that has literally every antioxidant under the sun. Check this out:
Key Ingredients In Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum
Think of antioxidants as the skincare police.
Free radicals are criminals. They roam through your body looking for collagen, elastin and cellular DNA to destroy. When they succeed, skin starts to sag and wrinkle. You can even get dark spots.
Antioxidants patrol the body for free radicals. Their job is to neutralise them before they can wreak their damage on your skin.
Here’s where it gets tricky: there are many types of free radicals. Each antioxidant normally deals with one or two types. See now why the more antioxidants you use, the more damage you’ll prevent?
Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum is loaded with all the antioxidants you can think of. Like coenzyme Q10. Superoxide dismutase. Gluthatione. Soybean seed extract. Caffeic acid. Plus a few more from plants like argan oil.
Can you imagine how many antioxidants they can destroy all together?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I don’t believe any antioxidant is better than the others. But some COMBINATIONS of antioxidants do work better than others.
Case in point: CEF = Vitamin C + Vitamin E + Ferulic Acid
They’re all powerful antioxidants on their own:
- Vitamin C fights free radicals, boosts collagen and brightens skin
- Vitamin E fights free radicals and hydrates skin
- Ferulic acid fights 3 types of free radicals
But put them together and they supercharge one another:
- They make one another more stable and effective for longer
- They boost the protection of your sunscreen
Whatever antioxidant serum you go for, make sure it has CEF. Needless to say, this one does. 🙂
If you’re ready to hit the buy button, this may put you off: the serum is silicone based.
I don’t have a problem with silicones. They allow the serum to glide on smoothly, make my skin silky soft and temporarily fill in fine lines and wrinkles so they look smaller.
They don’t even cause pimples: silicones have a particular molecular structure made up of larger molecules with wider spaces between each molecule. They create a barrier that keeps moisture in but still allows skin to perspire.
But if you use anything comedogenic before this serum, then yes, silicones can trap them underneath their protective barrier and cause breakouts.
Bottom line: don’t use comedogenic ingredients in your skincare and you’ll be fine.
Related: Are Silicones Good Or Bad?
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
It’s not enough to put a trackload of antioxidants into your serum. You need to make sure the packaging keeps them safe from light and air or they’ll go bad before you have time to finish the serum (and who wants to spend money on a serum to use only half of it?).
Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum is housed in a grey tube that keeps them all safe and dispenses just the right amount of product. Nothing’s wasted here.
The texture is smooth and lightweight but a tad sticky. It doesn’t leave a greasy residue behind or anything like that but if your skin is oily, you may not like it very much.
If you can put up with it, it’s worth it. It leave skin silky soft and smooth to the touch and doubles up as a great base for foundation. It also gives my skin a lovely, natural glow. If you have dark spots, it may help you lighten them.
In the long run, the serum will help you age more slowly. Antioxidants can’t reduce the wrinkles you already have so if you expect to put this on and see your wrinkles disappear in two weeks, you’ll be SO disappointed.
What antioxidants do is PREVENT wrinkles. With regular use, you’ll stop new wrinkles from forming in the first place. And since prevention is easier than the cure, find a way to get your antioxidant fix every single day.
Another thing it does NOT do? Hydrate skin. But then this was never its job. Its job is to prevent wrinkles. If you need hydration, follow it up with a hyaluronic acid serum. (check out my fave picks here).
Can’t blame something for not doing what it wasn’t supposed to do, can you?
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What’s your fave antioxidant serum? Share yours in the comments below.
Ingredients: 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).
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