If there’s one category of skin care ingredients you can never have too much of, it’s antioxidants. They intervene to defend your skin against pollution and environmental damage, and work deep to improve how skin works.
You can’t see it happening, but your skin takes a daily beating from pollution (yes even if you don’t live in a big city) and environmental stressors (free radicals) such as air conditioning, ozone, chemicals and air pollutants can be just as damaging as UV from the sun. Continued exposure from these stressors can lead to premature ageing, wrinkles, dull skin tone, enlarged pores, inflammation, dehydration and hyper-pigmentation as well as weakened and sensitised complexions.
However, there’s no need to panic! Antioxidants are here to save the day (and your face). Comprehensive research has shown that topically applied antioxidants have a unique ability to intercept and protect, prevent and reverse free radical damage to your skin. And not only do they protect and prevent damage, they also calm, restore, brighten and revitalise dull looking skin.
If you don’t already have antioxidant skincare products in your beauty routine, your skin is at the mercy of free radicals. We always suggest a potent antioxidant serum as a daily essential underneath your SPF for all skin types. And the good news is, the more the better - you simply can’t go overboard with anti-oxidants in your skincare. So…we’ve rounded up our favourite serums, oils, SPFs and treatments that perfectly deliver powerful antioxidants for skin that’s protected, healthy and radiant.
SUPER SERUM ADVANCE+
Our go-to daily favourite - this powerhouse serum protects, brightens and reduces fine lines with an advanced antioxidant formula that packs a punch with 15% L-Absorbic Acid (Vitamin C). Also formulated with Cantella Asiatica - a powerful botanical antioxidant that stimulates collagen and promotes wound healing, plus age-defying bioidentical Copper Treptide – this super serum is our daily essential for good reason.
NOTE: Not all Vitamin C’s are created equal and what makes this treatment a gold standard in antioxidants is it’s a scientifically advanced, stabilised form of L-Absorbic acid that provides time-released, continuous delivery for optimum protection.
PRO-HEAL SERUM ADVANCE
FULL of anti-oxidant hero ingredients, this powerful formulation not only includes 15% L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) but also Zinc, Olive Leaf Extract, Pure Vitamin E & A to significantly increase antioxidant protection.
If you’re prone to breakouts, acne, inflammation or rosacea this restorative and reparative treatment not only protects skin but will also revitalise compromised skin. Tick, tick, tick …. A cult hero product for good reason.
MARA UNIVERSAL OIL
Our favourite product that gets skin glowing in no time, is also conveniently chokka-block with powerful and natural antioxidants.
Mara Universal Oil is loaded with nutrient rich superfood plant oils including the powerfully antioxidant rich Moringa - a miracle superfood boasting 46 antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C, D & E. Baobab – which is rich in Vit C as well as A, D, and E. And last but not least Plankton Extract - another powerful antioxidant that helps strengthen the hydration barrier too.
There’s not much not to love about this glow getting hero. We love layering over serums morning and night.
Not your everyday mist, SDSM is a potent antioxidant treatment that intensely protects skin. Made with next-generation antioxidant Superoxide Dismutase it works by defending skin against oxidative stress, water loss and inflammation
NOTE; the most powerful antioxidant enzyme in the body Superoxide Dismutase is crucial to cellular health because it’s the first roadblock that free radicals encounter when they attempt to stir up trouble. Superoxide Dismutase works hard breaking down free radicals into less destructive molecules. As we age Superoxide dismutase production significantly declines, so an added daily boost from this invigorating mist that’s supercharged with this naturally occurring protectant is non-negotiable for us.
Our SPF hero is Suntegrity 5-1 is a broad spectrum BB Cream, that hydrates, nourishes, blurs, protects plus is completely organic, and super-charged with antioxidant ingredients too like pomegranate oil, green tea and jojoba - that makes for a supercharged sunscreen that ticks ALL the boxes plus more.