Defence is the best offence when it comes to skincare. Using preventative products that contain antioxidants such as vitamin C, provide protection from environmental skin damage and reinforce the skin's natural protection against free radical damage. Therefore products in the prevent stage are key to inhibiting the creation of fine lines, wrinkles, laxity and pigmentation.

When we are younger, our skin is naturally loaded with antioxidants that protect our skin from the environment. Due to sun damage, getting older, menopause and other health related issues, our skin loses the ability to produce antioxidants. Without this protection, free-radicals can cause collagen to break down and the DNA in our cells to mutate, impairing the skin’s ability to heal and allowing the skin to age with wrinkles and dark spots.

Antioxidants are one of the best ways to slow down the impacts of free-radical damage which causes collagen and other skin functions to break down - causing wrinkles or uneven complexion. Like a balanced diet, there is no one ingredient that is proven to work, but in combination, antioxidants can have great effects on your skin, making it healthier and appear more youthful. A good combination of the right antioxidants will interrupt free-radical damage and prevent it harming your skin.

Here’s how to choose the right antioxidant product for your skin type:

Combination/Oily

Combination and oily skin types need a product that will be absorbed into the skin and don't add any excess shine to the face. Phloretin CF Serum by Skinceuticals is perfect for wearing underneath other products - so ideal for everyday use for those with oily skin.

Normal/Dry

Medik8 have formulated an award-winning product with unique ingredients such as Copper PCA and Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol that promotes new cell growth and actively protects the skin's natural collagen. Firewall Mineral Antioxidant Serum plumps and smooths the complexion leaving the face fully hydrated so perfect for dry skin types.

Sensitive

Neostrata Skin Active Antioxidant Defense Serum is an essential serum for sensitive skin types as it contains over 12 calming ingredients such as Green Tea and Lilac. As well as Bionic, Citric and Polyhydroxy Acid which help the product penetrate the skin to assist in protecting skin against everyday damage such as sun, pollution and smoke helps to combat ageing, pigmentation and other skin concerns as it targets the root of many skin problems.