You’ve probably heard of antioxidants – it’s the beauty buzzword we should all be getting on board with, but do you know exactly what they are and why sliding these wonder compounds onto your bathroom shelf makes sense? Let’s see why antioxidants will take your skincare game to the next-level.
What’s the deal with antioxidants?
Antioxidants are natural occurring molecules that can be found on supermarket shelves in both super foods and everyday items such as coffee and tea (flavonoids and phenolic acid) vegetables and fruits (vitamins), chocolate (flavanols) and wine (resveratrol).
It’s important that we get antioxidants from food – in fact certain antioxidants such as Vitamin A, C and E, are crucial to our health, but it’s now also a beauty game-changer to feature these power molecules in your skincare routine too.
When it comes to preventing skin damage and slowing down the ageing process, antioxidants are essential as they fight back against harmful free radicals.
So what are free radicals?
The air, the materials around us, and our own bodies contain free radicals – which are best described as unstable molecules that attack and affect the function, growth and repair of cells in our bodies.
“Pollution, sunlight and smoking trigger the production of more free radicals. They attach themselves to healthy cells in an attempt to make themselves more stable. As a result, the healthy cells become free radicals too. Our bodies need some free radicals as they play a vital part in fighting bacteria, but when we have more free radicals than antioxidants, we suffer oxidative stress, which causes cells to become damaged. To counteract oxidative stress, our body produces an army of antioxidants. I like to imagine these as calm, mediator cells. They bring free radicals back into balance, without being compromised themselves,” explains A-list facialist and author of Love Your Skin, Abigail James.
Having a diet high in antioxidants ensures overall health and a beautiful complexion – plus loading your beauty bag with them will further help to protect against skin damage and ageing. Here are four of our favourite products that work hard to fight free radicals.
The best skincare buys with antioxidants
Formulated with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory extracts of apple, salvia and chamomile to regenerate the whole eye area, the NAOBAY Hydraplus Eye Contour Cream also fights damage with a high concentration of hyaluronic acid and anti-ageing pomegranate oil. A gamechanger for tired, puffy eyes.
A blend of antioxidant rich arctic cloudberry, abyssinian and rosehip oils to plump and smooth skin and minimise signs of ageing, the soothing Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil hydrates, strengthens and comforts skin. A great one for sensitive complexions.
Because lips need some love too! The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm is packed with potent ingredients to nourish and protect your pout. Shea butter deeply hydrates, antioxidant-rich pomegranate and rose hip fight back against environmental aggressors, and vitamins A, E and F promote healing and boost the essential nutrients needed for collagen production – resulting in plump, soft lips.
Here’s is an indulgent face treatment containing green tea – a powerful antioxidant with anti-bacterial properties to target problematic skin and balance complexions. The BeautyPro Rejuvenating Collagen Sheet Mask is also crammed with anti-ageing marine-based collagen to protect from free radicals and leave skin feeling soft and supple.