Antioxidants For Skin- What They Do & How To Use Them
Antioxidants are naturally occurring vitamins and minerals—like vitamins A, C, E. Topical Antioxidant, usually found in skincare product formulas, are substances that help protect the skin’s surface from oxidative damage caused by free radicals and environmental aggressors like UV and pollution.
And yes, if you're wondering what free radicals actually do? They basically suck the life out of your skin by clinging to it and weakening skin elasticity and collagen.
Antioxidants skincare helps to neutralize these free radicals to protect your skin from damage, and not just that, they also brighten your skin, calm irritation, and even out fine lines.
Now comes the main thing, choosing the right antioxidants as per your skin's needs.
Types of Antioxidants and What They Do
It's important to understand the ingredients completely before you actually put them on your skin and, it's even more important to understand your skin concern and needs before you actually choose an ingredient.
Here you go, we've simplified the Antioxidants for skin, so you can understand which one does what, and can finally choose the right thing for your skin.
Green Tea to Soothe
Surprise! It's not just relaxing to sip on, but it will actually soothe your skin too. How? Green Tea has polyphenols that scavenge free radicals and also help in healing and repairing the skin. It's anti-inflammatory and helps to calm any sort of irritation on your skin, making it a top pick for sensitive skin and even acne.
In case you're wondering how to get the daily fix of green tea for your skin, well we've sorted it too. Our Get Lit Illuminator Strobe Moisturizers have Green Tea as one of their main ingredient, and what's even better, their lightweight, skin-illuminating formula will give your skin an instant glass-like, dewy sheen. Sounds like a perfect summer skin-ssential no? Well, it definitely is and it comes in two shades, pink and gold, to match your undertones.
Vitamin C to Brighten
Vitamin C is the ultimate skin brightening antioxidant and that's why it's so hyped. It hydrates the skin, boosts collagen production, lightens pigmentation and dark spots, and also helps tighten fine lines and smooth uneven skin. Sounds like an all-in-one ingredient right? It surely is. But just in case you're wondering how to incorporate it into your skincare routine, here are a few tips.
You should always begin with a low concentration, say 10%, and should gradually increase to 15 to 20%, as tolerated. Always keep your Vitamin C product in a shady and cool area, away from direct light. Why? It tends to oxidize and turn yellow, which indicates that it's no longer effective. Avoid using it just before going out in the direct sun, but in case you do, slather on some extra sunscreen and keep reapplying that.
Vitamin A for Anti-Aging
Vitamin A is actually retinol, the powerful antioxidant that fills in wrinkles, softens skin texture, brightens skin, fades scars and marks, and reduces acne too.
It's a potent one and shouldn't be paired with other antioxidants, which means if you start using retinol in your routine, make sure to keep the rest of your routine minimal and 'never' use it with Vitamin C, since the combination, even hours apart, can irritate your skin.
To use it safely, keep rotating your products, so you don't end up overusing an ingredient - that can strip your skin barrier.
While using antioxidants, it's always better to go for Nourishing products on top, pick ceramides, they are comforting and really moisturizing.
Vitamin E for Moisturizing
It's the best skin balancing ingredient for almost everything. It's naturally anti-inflammatory, protects skin from premature aging, and keeps it soft and supple.
What's even better, its power doubles up if you use it with Vitamin C, and the combination acts as a powerful shield against free radicals.
The best way to get the most of its benefits is by layering it right, you can try that while topping your serum with a Moisturizer and finishing up with a face oil.
Now that you know these skin secrets, and the powerful antioxidants for face and better skin, use them the right way and get glowing!
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