How Do Antioxidants Prevent Premature Aging?

Want to prevent premature aging of the skin? Premature aging shows up on the skin in the form of sun spots, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles and loose skin. Wearing sunscreen everyday is the first line of defense in protecting the skin from the negative effects of UVA and UVB rays, as well as guarding against premature aging of the skin.

However, did you know that wearing sunscreen alone doesn’t provide complete protection from environmental factors such as UV rays, pollution, alcohol or cigarette smoke – even second hand smoke? Yes, a broad spectrum sunscreen is designed to protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays, but it only blocks up to 55% of the free radicals generated by UV exposure. Using a topical antioxidant every day along with your sunscreen of choice will provide an additional layer of protection against environmental damage. Here’s why.

Antioxidants are naturally occurring substances in the body and skin that provide protection against damaging free radicals. Free radicals are molecules within the body and skin that are produced by environmental damage. Free radical damage can lead to visible signs of premature aging of the skin, including fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration.

When paired with sunscreen, topical antioxidants provide the skin with an extra layer of protection by helping to neutralize damaging free radicals. They also protect the skin against UV and environmental damage. Topical antioxidants come in different forms such as serums or concentrates. Antioxidants should always be applied to clean skin, before applying moisturizer and sunscreen.

At SkinSpirit, we carry a wide variety of topical antioxidants designed for various skin types.

SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF is a daytime antioxidant that provides advanced environmental protection against damaging free radicals. It also helps to diminish dullness and skin discoloration, leaving the skin with a firmer, more even and brighter complexion. This serum is designed for normal, oily and combination skin types.

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic is another daytime antioxidant that works to protect the skin from free radicals for dry, normal and sensitive skin types. C E Ferulic’s primary role is to provide protection against environmental damage, but this serum also targets fine lines and wrinkles. Regular use of C E Ferulic firms the skin, visibly reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

SkinMedica’s Vitamin C + E Complex is an antioxidant designed for all skin types. This daytime antioxidant helps improve the appearance of skin tone and texture and enhances skin brightness while delivering high levels of vitamin C and E to provide antioxidant protection to the skin all day long.

iS Clinical’s Super Serum Advance is designed to provide powerful antioxidant protection during the day. It also increases collagen production, helping reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Super Serum Advance safely lightens the skin while helping to treat uneven texture and hyperpigmentation.

Topical antioxidants are just as important to use during the day as they are at night. While sleeping, your body is hard at work reversing the effects of free radical damage through cellular repair and renewal. The results are a better, brighter complexion. A nighttime antioxidant concentrate such as SkinCeuticals’s Resveratrol B E helps improve the skin’s efficiency in fighting free radical damage while you sleep, leaving the skin with less visible signs of accelerated aging.


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