Beyond Sunscreen – Why Skin Needs Antioxidants Too

Most of us concerned with keeping our skin looking young and useful already appreciate the importance of using a well formulated UVA and UVB blocking sunscreen (as found in Anthelios sunscreens or Keys Solar Rx) daily year round. What we may not be as aware of is the significance of adding an antioxidant into the mix.

Supported By Science

Research also shows that antioxidants, in addition to sunscreens, have a key role to play in protecting against sun damage. While antioxidants can’t filter UV rays and certainly can’t replace the protection afforded by a good sunscreen, they have been shown to help boost the effectiveness of sunscreen filters. In addition, antioxidants act as anti-inflammatories, which can help to slow down any damage inflicted by UV exposure. And they can help to fight against free radical damage generated by exposure to the sun’s rays.

Most of the research conducted has shown that Vitamins C and E can increase the ability to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Vitamin A (in the form of retinyl palmitate) has also demonstrated protective qualities against sunlight. The polyphenols found in green tea, also has some well documented evidence to support their photoprotective qualities. And, other antioxidants are being studied, with ingredients such as resveratrol and astaxanthin showing some promise.

How To Incorporate An Antioxidant Into Your Routine?

It’s difficult to find sunscreens that offer a significant concentration of antioxidants so you may want to consider layering an antioxidant formulation into your skin care routine. Good ones to consider include:
Reversa Antioxidant Booster Serum – formulated with green tea and vitamin E
UltimaSkin Potent C Serum – 12% stabilized Vitamin C delivers photoprotection and other skin benefits
La Roche Posay Active C – 5% active vitamin C can help boost collagen production, brighten skin and fight against free radical damage.
La Roche Posay Redermic – 5% active vitamin C with the added benefit of madecassoside to further boost collagen production.

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