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Antioxidants are widelyÂ used in beauty products due to the fact thatÂ they’re known to stop and even help reverse oxidative damage from free radicals as well as promote the proliferation of healthy cells. Arielle N.B. Kauvar, MD, Clinical Professor of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine and Director of New York Laser & Skin Care says “anti-oxidants and sunscreen are the most important skin care products to use during the day when exposure to environmental effects, such as sun and pollutants are highest.”
There are a limitless number of antioxidants to be found in beauty products–everything from vitamin E in the form of alpha-tocopherol, vitamin C, coenzyme Q10, lycopene, resveratrol, coffee berry, green tea and countlessÂ others. The one weakness antioxidants do have is thatÂ they begin to deteriorate when exposed to oxygenÂ and sunlight but there are easy ways to prevent this from happening and maximizing the benefits of your product.
To ensure you’re getting the fullÂ potency of your product:
- choose products packaged in opaque tubes or bottles to prevent light from diminishing its effectiveness.
- theÂ opening in the bottle where the productÂ is releasedÂ should be as small as possible to prevent air from contaminating the unused portion.
- apply to a freshly cleansed face and top with sun protection.
3 Best Bets to Try:
Zo Skin Health Ossential Daily Power DefenseÂ ($150) does it all. It has antioxidant protection in the form of vitamin E, enzymes that accelerateÂ DNA repair, Matrixyl 3000 and time released retinol to boost collagen plus it restores the skin’s lipids, elasticity and barrier function.
Origins A Perfect World Antioxidant Moisturizer with White TeaÂ ($41), ideal for combination and dry skin types is formulated with a blend of super-strong protective ingredients Â including silver tip white tea, which was recently proven to be one of theÂ most potent antioxidants, anti-agers, anti-stress, anti-smoke and anti-pollution antidotes. It also containsÂ ferment of sugarcane, resveratrol and maritime pine to help prevent lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness and uneven skin tone and texture. Simply apply to cleansed skin morning and night.
Purity of Elements Age-Defying MoisturizerÂ ($50) contains an antioxidant rich blend of Rosemary Leaf extract, vitamin E and the groundbreaking Copper 5 Complexâ„¢ Â to harness copper skincare and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, boost radiance and impart aÂ more even toned and smooth texture.Â You can also expect an increase in hydration and moisturization.Â