If you’re reading this, you already know the importance of wearing a well-formulated, broad-spectrum sunscreen every day of the year. But beyond sunscreen, did you know that the essentials for healthy skin are as easy as one, two, three? The best part is that these three essentials work together as a team to protect, prevent and perfect.
Protect with Sunscreen
Can we agree already that wearing sunscreen every day is one of the best – and easiest – things you can do for healthy skin? Sunscreens protect from UV damage that can lead to age spots, premature wrinkles and sagging skin. Applying sunscreen in the summer may be automatic when the UVB rays are beating down and causing sunburns, but finding a sunscreen that you love wearing every day to protect against ever-present UVA rays? Luckily, it’s never been easier.
Combining the latest sun filters with incredible wearability, our selection of Anthelios, Avene and Ombrelle sunscreens has got you covered. Tinosorb, Mexoryl XL, Mexoryl SX and the newest, Mexoryl 400, offer the ultimate in protection with formulations that feel and look good on the skin, 365 days a year. Check out our full selection here.
Prevent with Antioxidants
Beyond sunscreen, consider adding an antioxidant to your daily routine. Layering on an antioxidant underneath your sunscreen not only boosts the effectiveness of the sun filters but also fights free radical damage caused by daily living. If you haven’t heard of them before, free radicals are unstable molecules that wreck havoc and are harmful to skin. As well as preventing damage, antioxidants act as anti-inflammatories, which can help to slow down any damage inflicted by UV exposure.
When it comes to antioxidants, studies have shown that they work better as a team. While vitamin E is one of the most well-known antioxidants, it reaches powerhouse status when paired with vitamin C. Both can be found, along with an arsenal of other effective antioxidants, in Apothekari Bespoke Vitamin C serum.
Perfect with Retinoids
There may not be a real fountain of youth but retinoids come pretty close. While sunscreen and antioxidants hold the fort against UV damage, no one product can protect 100%. Cue a retinoid.
Derivatives of vitamin A, retinoids provide a range of benefits to skin including:
- A reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
- An increase in the production of collagen and elastin
- An increase in skin cell turnover
- Skin brightening
- A reduction in the appearance of blemishes and hyperpigmentation
- An increase in skin moisture content
Too good to be true? We don’t think so. Our favorite is Apothekari’s A is for Anti-Aging which contains stabilized retinaldehyde – a highly effective, yet the gentlest of all retinoids.
Get the most out of this trio of heavy hitters by layering an antioxidant first, applying sunscreen next and then finishing off your day with a retinoid at night. Easy: like one, two, three.