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Beauty / Our Products | 20.07.2020

Recharge your skin routine with super anti-ageing antioxidants

If there was ever an elixir of youth to be found in skincare worth all the hype, then its feeding your skin with potent and viable antioxidants. Recent studies and reviews in medical journals confirm the ability of antioxidants to be absorbed into skin cells of the stratum corneum [the topmost layer of skin] where they neutralise free radicals and work as a wonderful preventative against skin ageing. Adding antioxidants to your skincare regime can help your skin fight free radical damage and recover from oxidative stress. 

free radicals and skincare damage

One of the primary contributors to skin ageing is via free radical damage, also known as oxidative stress. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules because they have an unpaired electron. For them to acquire stability, they need to take another electron from another molecule creating an ongoing chain (stress) reaction. When this transfer occurs and chemical bonds are continuously broken and reformed causing irreversible and permanent damage in the molecular structure and function. The results - an increase in the visible signs of skin ageing - fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, sun-damage and breakdown of collagen.

WHAT CAUSES FREE RADICALS?

Free radicals are formed by biological processes like breathing and exercising as well as from external factors like pollution, UV exposure and toxicants. With exposure from the sun being one of the major contributors to skin damage due to an increased production of free radicals.

ANTIOXIDANTs PREVENT FREE RADICAL DAMAGE

An antioxidant is the Luke Skywalker of skin care. Just like a lightsaber, an antioxidant is a molecule that can neutralise free radicals. They’re reasonably stable with an unpaired electron, so once the free radical takes their electron, the chain reaction effect stops. They’re like your insurance policy against premature ageing. 

Our bodies naturally produce antioxidants and enzymes like vitamins C and E, coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinol) and glutathione that can counteract free radical damage but if we’re exposed to an overwhelming amount of free radicals and our stores become depleted, increasing antioxidants in our skin care regimes can be a great preventative against skin ageing.

Benefits of Antioxidants

The benefits of incorporating antioxidants into your daily skin care routine are numerous including:

  1. Combating and correct the visible signs of ageing - Oxidative stress breaks down collagen, hinders skin’s natural repair process and triggers inflammation resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, loose skin, acne breakouts and a blotchy skin tone. By scavenging free radicals, antioxidants can help prevent and correct these visible signs and give skin a more youthful glow whilst providing increased hydration and moisture retention.
  2. Prevention of sun damage - By definition, all antioxidants have anti-inflammatory properties. They blunt your skin’s inflammatory response to the sun’s harmful rays, preventing sunburn and providing enhanced protection against sun damage and photoageing.
  3. Repair and calm inflammationInflamed skin impedes the skin’s rejuvenation process. By reducing inflammation, antioxidants allow skin to repair itself and correct visible damage. Some antioxidants, like vitamin C, can also stimulate collagen production, which is vital for youthful skin.
  4. Brighten skin tone and reduce lentigines (sun spots) - Free radicals and frequent sun exposure can trigger changes in the skin’s melanin production, causing dark spots and uneven skin tone. By reducing photodamage, antioxidants can help prevent abnormal skin pigmentations. Some also work as a tyrosinase (an enzyme that stimulates melanin production) inhibitor.

WHICH ANTIOXIDANTS WORK IN SKINCARE?

Applying more of the antioxidants naturally present in your skin can boost your skin’s ability to neutralise free radicals. The ones you’ll find in skincare products, that have clinical studies to show that they work when applied to skin, include:

Other antioxidants that come from plants are referred to by their chemical constituents - polyphenols, flavonoids, isoflavones and anthocyanins. Plants have evolved to deal with high UV exposure and create antioxidants as part of their protective mechanism.

The names "omega 3” or "omega 6” or "omega 9” essential fatty acids refer to where a double bond occurs in the fatty acid molecule. Omega fatty acids serve as essential building blocks in the skin's surface layers and work to reinforce the epidermis and strengthen the skin against signs of environmental damage, increasing hydration, calming external stressors such as sensitivity and redness, eliminating dry and flaky skin whilst delivering a healthy dose of antioxidants.

For antioxidants to work, they need to remain active and stable in the formulation. They also need to penetrate the skin. Combinations of antioxidants usually perform better, as they can work synergistically to replenish each other. 



QUICK HYDRATION

Our Antioxidant Facial Serum and Antioxidant Facial Oil are the perfect pair to use after cleansing and misting in your routine. After cleansing our skin tends to be more prone to feeling tight and drier. Using a light serum and sealing with an oil can quickly add hydration and minimise a convoluted regime.

WORKS FOR ALL SKIN TYPES

Contrary to popular belief and counterintuitively, oils can be used on just about every skin type, even oily! Plant oils are non-occlusive and don’t contain emollients so they work for both dry and oily skin types and everything in between. Oily skin is often dehydrated so oils can deliver much-needed hydration without adding extra oily shine.

LAYER EASILY

Since they’re so lightweight, this dynamic duo slot in easily into your skincare routine. They work well under makeup and sunscreen during the day when you might not want the heaviness of a moisturiser, and they sit well under multiple layers of actives as well as compliment other ingredients. If you want extra hydration, you can take a note from the Korean beauty routine by applying multiple layers of both products for maximum hydration!

HOW TO USE 

  1. Cleanse, rinse face thoroughly and pat dry.
  2. Apply Facial Mist.
  3. Apply the Antioxidant Facial Serum to quickly hydrate and prepare skin.
  4. Follow with the Antioxidant Facial Oil to seal in moisture and hydration.
  5. Gently exfoliating with our 2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant 2-3 times a week helps to remove any dead skin cells further benefiting absorption and penetration of key antioxidants.

Have you tried our Antioxidant Facial Serum or Oil? Leave a comment to win this duo.


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3614697/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4737275/
https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/skin-health/essential-fatty-acids
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3167467/

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