Vitamin C for the Skin: How Do Antioxidants Slow Down Premature Aging?

Want to help slow down premature aging of the skin? Premature aging happens when skin is exposed to free radicals without proper protection, and can show up as sunspots, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles and skin with compromised elasticity.

Wearing broad spectrum physical SPF 30 or higher everyday protects the skin from the negative effects of UVA and UVB rays, and is the most important outer layer in helping to guard against premature aging of the skin. But did you know that wearing sunscreen alone doesn’t always provide complete protection from environmental factors - such as UV rays, pollution, blue light, and other prevalent toxins? That’s where Vitamin C, and antioxidants in general, come in.

While we do have SPFs that provide an important layer of protection against the negative effects of free radicals and UVA/UVB rays, using an SPF in combination with an antioxidant is what we call the new “broad spectrum SPF”. Vitamin C serums work to not only feed your skin important nutrients, but also act as free radical neutralizers. Free radical damage causes cellular breakdown, but daily use of antioxidants will help prevent that!


A broad spectrum sunscreen is designed to protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays, but sunscreens alone can’t block all the ultraviolet rays and the best probably only protects you from about 50% of them. Using a topical antioxidant or Vitamin C serum every day, along with your sunscreen of choice, will provide an additional layer of protection against environmental damage. Here’s why.

Antioxidants provide protection from the inside out, acting like your internal SPF. Karen Fernandez, Head of Aesthetics, likes to describe them as “your little army” that’s there to neutralize free radicals and prevent them from doing the damage they want to. By feeding the tissues, your capillary walls will be stronger and more supple, able to withstand the expanding and contracting that happens to skin throughout the day

In turn, this leads to brightening of the skin and a lessening of redness, visible anywhere from 2-4 weeks after you begin implementing an antioxidant into your skin care routine.

“For me, in my 28 years of skin care, if I have someone who is new to facials and ready to start upgrading their skin care, I always start with an antioxidant,” says Karen. “It gives the most significant improvement and is something that benefits ALL skin”


Not all antioxidants are created equal, and it’s important to choose a product with good quality ingredients.

At SkinSpirit, we’ve made sure to carry antioxidants that have scientific data to prove efficacy and that are made with quality ingredients. Our understanding of antioxidants has grown considerably over the last few years, and the options we have available today are far superior than what was available even a few years back, containing not just Vitamin C but a range of other vitamins that promote skin health.

Here are some antioxidant serums we’re loving right now.

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic®

skinceuticals c e ferulic

Featuring an anti-aging trio of vitamins C and E plus ferulic acid, C E Ferulic® is an efficacious serum helps visibly improve fine lines, wrinkles and skin firmness while brightening your complexion.

Purchase your C E Ferulic here.

Revision Skincare C+ Correcting Complex 30%


Revision Skincare C+ Correcting Complex 30%, on the other hand, is a great Vitamin C serum for those with acne or sensitive skin. Using Revision’s patent-pending MelaPATH technology, it helps defend and correct skin-damaging effects caused by free radicals, and is a popular choice at SkinSpirit clinics.

Purchase your Revision Skincare C+ Correcting Complex here.

iS Clinical Super Serum


iS Clinical Super Serum is also recommended for acne prone skin, as well as for pigment. Made with a powerful blend of advanced ingredients, it works to lighten the skin, treating hyperpigmentation, hypertrophic scar tissue, and stretch marks, as well as fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots.

Purchase your iS Clinical Super Serum here.

Karen recommends applying your antioxidant to clean, dry skin first thing in the morning, and then layering on your serums, moisturizers, and sunscreen for your best layer of protection.

However, if you’re using antioxidants each morning already and are ready to advance your skin care routine, we also recommend using them at night. While sleeping, your body is hard at work reversing the effects of free radical damage through cellular repair and renewal - resulting in a better, brighter complexion.

A nighttime antioxidant concentrate like Lumivive helps improve the skin’s efficiency in fighting free radical damage while you sleep, leaving the skin with less visible signs of accelerated aging.

Find the best vitamin c serum for you

At SkinSpirit, we’re happy to provide antioxidants from top-name brands we truly believe in, at our clinics and online. Let's find the best vitamin C serum for you! We offer complimentary consultations if you're looking for expert advice to kick start your anti-aging regimen.


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