Many scientific studies prove how effective antioxidants are for the skin, helping to minimise lines and wrinkles to reverse the signs of ageing, as well as helping to prevent skin conditions through advanced UV protection. We are encouraged to use and consume as many antioxidants as possible in our skincare regimes and diets to improve skin concerns. 

Here is a selection of 10 antioxidant ingredients and the benefits they can give when included in your skincare products... 

1. Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic acid)

Vitamin C is probably the most widely known and used antioxidant, its potent and improves the skin’s health and help reduce cellular DNA damage. This important antioxidant is an essential component in the body’s production of collagen and can help rejuvenate mature and photo-damaged skin. This pharmaceutical ingredient has been published for its proven ability to work on the skin, correcting pigmentation and fine lines. This antioxidant is a must in any good skincare regime, great for all skin types for its repairing and brightening properties.    

The Apothecaries recommend a complete vitamin C serum to improve skin health in sun-damaged and ageing skin such as the Obagi Professional C 10% Serum.

2. Ferulic Acid

Ferulic acid is a pharmaceutical grade antioxidant to improve uneven skin tones as a result of sun damage, overexposed skin, dry and dull skin, or sallow complexions. Ferulic acid effectively neutralises harmful free radicals to prevent DNA and oxidative damage. This plant-based antioxidant neutralises free radicals, helps inhibit UV induced skin discolourations, and has anti-inflammatory properties.

The Apothecaries recommend SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic a highly concentrated treatment, containing a stable amount of Ferulic acid, which is great for improving the appearance pigmentation including age spots and sun damage

3. Vitamin E (Tocopherol)

Vitamin E is a skin-conditioning antioxidant with properties that help fight the signs of ageing, as well as protect from sun damage. Vitamin E, often known as Tocopherol, is a great moisturising agent with anti-inflammatory properties that protect the skin from environmental damage. Vitamin E is great for dry and sensitive skin as it is a natural protective moisturiser.

The Apothecaries recommend Neostrata Bionic Serum, a great treatment to restore dry and rough skin texture to help your skin appear bright and smooth.

4. Phloretin

Phloretin is an ingredient that neutralises free radicals, protects from harmful UV radiation, increases cell turnover, and minimises the production of unwanted pigment to achieve a clear and fresh complexion. This flavenoid is found exclusively in apples and is great for oily to combination skin types to prevent the visible signs of ageing and protect the skin against future damage. Phloretin inhibits the proliferation of cancerous cells and offers protection to the skins cells.

The Apothecaries recommend SkinCeuticals CF Gela new advanced serum-in-gel that features a stable 2% concentration of Phloretin - ideal for oily and combination skin types that want to improve the visible signs of ageing.

5. Resveratrol

Coined the 'magical bullet' against ageing, this potent and effective antioxidant is an antimicrobial substance produced by plants in response to stress, infection and damaging UV radiation. Resveratrol naturally improves the visible signs of ageing, protects from environmental damage and reduces dryness. Resveratrol works to increase the activity of mitochondria, which produces energy within cells, potentially extending their lives.

The Apothecaries recommend Resveratrol in this powerful anti-ageing night treatment, SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E that is clinically proven to turn back the years!

6. Vitamin A (Retinol)

Vitamin A, also known as Retinol, is best used as a part of a night time skincare regime, as sunlight inactivates this antioxidant. This vitamin is a powerful anti-ageing antioxidant that works to reduce wrinkles, fade brown spots, and smooth roughness. Retinol also increases collagen production and glycosaminoglycan content, for toned, firm and younger looking skin. However a word of warning, this product shouldn't be used by sensitive skin types. This is a highly powerful product that can have side effects of irritation, redness and flaking if not used correctly. 

the Apothecaries recommend Medik8 Retinol 6TR the second step in the Medik8 Retinol range designed for those who have experience and tolerance levels to Retinol. This product has been developed as the next step for someone using Retinol products. If new to using Retinol but dying to take advantage of its anti-ageing benefits it is recommended to begin with the Medik8 Retinol 3TR.

7. Lactobionic acid

This skin transforming antioxidant provides anti-ageing and skin smoothing benefits that are great for dry and sensitive skin types. It is a brilliant alternative to Glycolic acid, which is known to cause irritation.

Lactobionic acid is a great antioxidant for dull and tired skin, The Apothecaries recommend Neostrata Ultra-Moisturizing  Face Cream ideal for everyday use to restore the skins natural strength.

8. Pomegranate

This super-food is high in vitamins and antioxidants, helping to protect the skin against sun damage, ageing, dryness and blemishes. Pomegranate promotes younger skin using healing and anti-inflammatory properties. This is a gentle antioxidant great to improve dry and blemish-prone skin.

The Apothecaries recommend injecting this multi-purpose antioxidant into your skincare regime with the NeoStrata Skin Active Matrix Support.

9. Grape Seed Extract

This famous botanical antioxidant is clinically proven to protect the skin from sun damage, which ultimately causes premature ageing. Grape seed extract protects the skin from cell damage using superior antioxidant and healing properties to prevent pigmentation, lines and wrinkles. Grape seed extract is a fantastic antioxidant for younger skin to prevent the visible signs of ageing and damage. However, this antioxidant is also important for mature skin to prevent further damage, but should also be used alongside corrective antioxidants, such as Vitamin A.

The Apothecaries recommends Neostrata Skin Active Cellular Restoration which features a combination of powerful antioxidants to repair and correct the skin.

10. Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam Seed Oil)

A long lasting moisturising antioxidant, great to clarify and hydrate dry and tired skin. Limnanthes Alba rejuvenates dull and aged skin and prevents dehydration. This antioxidant is recommended for skin that is consistently dry, that does not respond to regular moisturising ingredients, as the seed oil clinically locks in moisture to provide complete hydration. This antioxidant also helps improve the shelf life of products that contain it  and is great for getting your value out of a fantastic product! 

The Apothecaries recommend NeoStrata Renewal Cream, an effective treatment for rough and ageing skin complexions.

Skincare products with results 

You can find all of these antioxidants and more within the products that we stock here at The Apothecaries, so you can rest assured that your skincare features pharmaceutical grade ingredients that are clinically proven and tested to deliver results for your skin. Each antioxidant offers different benefits to different skin types so it is important to understand the advantages of each one to correct and improve skin concerns.

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