Why Your Skin Needs Antioxidants

Why Your Skin Needs Antioxidants

As we increase our time enjoyed outside, our skin is also exposed to more environmental aggressors than usual, including UV and pollution. Enter antioxidants. These free-radical avengers work year-round but put in overtime in the summer to defend, brighten and generally improve the look of skin while supporting its overall health. Discover the vital role antioxidants play, which ingredients are rich in antioxidants and how to ensure there are abundant antioxidants in your daily routine.

What Are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are naturally-occurring molecules that work to neutralize free radicals, unstable molecules that, when not kept in check, have a damaging effect on our bodies and lead to what is known as oxidative stress. Free radicals are naturally produced by the body all the time, but also come from external elements such as UV rays and pollutants in the air, which is why antioxidants become especially important when time outdoors increases. The body produces its own antioxidants, but additional antioxidants can also be found in plants and botanicals, which also mount their own antioxidants defense. Nutrients like vitamin C, one of the most powerful and best-known antioxidants, vitamin E, vitamin A as beta carotene, along with minerals such as zinc, copper, magnesium, and certain amino acids are all highly effective antioxidants.   

Why Antioxidants Are Skin’s Best Defense

Studies have shown that adding antioxidants to your skincare routine can help both neutralize free radicals and even counteract oxidative stress, which in your skin can lead to a breakdown of existing collagen, interfere with the skin’s natural repair process and even trigger irritation. Active Treatment Essence and Active Botanical Serum are both packed with antioxidants, so much so that each can function as your daily antioxidant step, supporting more resilient, radiant skin. Having a good antioxidant defense leads to a cascade of benefits, from skin renewal and brightening, to hydration retention and more. Read on to meet some of the powerhouse antioxidants in our game-changing formulas.

Active Treatment Essence

KAKADU PLUM & ACEROLA FRUIT
With the highest percentages of antioxidant vitamin C in the world, these fruits have been shown to minimize free-radical damage and support collagen for a radiant glow.

ALOE
A soothing and deeply hydrating source of antioxidants that easily absorbs for plumper-looking skin. 
 
MATCHA
The green tea leaf is naturally rich in protective antioxidants, fights free radicals and has been shown to support healthy microcirculation.

ASTRAGALUS
An antioxidant-rich adaptogen that provides quenching hydration and supports renewal in compromised skin.

 


Active Botanical Serum

CARROT SEED & ROSEHIP
These two supercharged oils are rich sources of antioxidant vitamin A (as beta carotene) to target oxidative damage, restoring and brightening skin. 

TURMERIC
This turbo-charged soother works to refresh the complexion and is a big free-radical avenger.

CALENDULA
The marigold flower offers incredible antioxidant protection, which has made it a coveted skin-savior for centuries. 

AVOCADO
Full of renewing phytoceramides, plant-based ceramides, to nourish and moisturize the skin, along with free-radical fighting antioxidants. 

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