Oxidation is Damaging Your Skin
Did you know that 90% of premature aging is caused by environmental damage?
Oxidation is a type of damage that occurs when molecules lose electrons.
This oxidation occurs constantly when environmental factors like ultraviolet light, tobacco, or smoke bombard the skin, creating free radicals at the cellular level, which results in premature aging, wrinkles, dullness, sun spots and other damage to the skin. It even has the potential to cause skin cancer.
Protect & Correct Your Skin With Antioxidants
Antioxidants are molecules that inhibit the oxidation of other molecules. Antioxidants are proven to reduce oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals, such as UV light, smoke, and pollution.
Scientific studies have proven the effectiveness of antioxidants to reduce wrinkles and aging, combat inflammation, like rosacea, and even help to prevent skin cancer.
There are five types of antioxidants found naturally in the body that protect against cellular damage: glutathione, ubiquinone, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E), and alpha lipoic acid.
Out of these five antioxidants, only vitamins C and E have been proven to get into the skin. However, there are a few plant antioxidants that are also known to benefit the skin.
SkinCeuticals, a leader in antioxidant skincare, uses a scientifically tested combination of vitamin C, vitamin E, ferulic acid, and phloretin antioxidants to create premium skincare products that protect and correct your skin.
Let’s take a look at how some of these antioxidants work to combat the negative effects of free radicals on the skin.
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient found in certain fruits and vegetables, including oranges, red peppers, and kale. Vitamin C is well-known for its cold-fighting power, but it is also believed to be highly effective at preventing and reversing components of aging skin.
It works as an antioxidant, as well as a booster of collagen formation. These are both essential aspects to preserving and maintaining the skin’s youthful appearance.
Unfortunately, increasing your intake of vitamin C-rich foods does not have a noticeable impact on your skin to any measurable degree.
SkinCeuticals has determined, that in order to be effective, a topical antioxidant serum must contain pure, stabilized vitamin C, an acidic PH, and optimal concentrations of vitamin C.
Many skincare products incorporate vitamin C to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and to tighten and brighten the skin’s complexion.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that is present in the skin and can be found in various foods, such as vegetables, seeds, and meat. Vitamin E helps retain youthful skin by boosting collagen production and reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
Skin receives more benefits from vitamin E through topical treatments than through oral supplements, which is why vitamin E is most effective when applied as a topical skincare product.
When used in combination, vitamin E and vitamin C are powerfully enhanced to provide additional anti-aging and correcting benefits. Serums and moisturizers that contain both vitamin E and vitamin C are ideal for any effective skincare routine.
A powerful plant antioxidant, ferulic acid, combined with the synergistic benefits of vitamins C and E, is proven to yield amazing result; up to 8X’s the skin’s natural protection.
Ferulic acid is found naturally in the seeds of fruits like apples and oranges, as well as some vegetables, nuts, and grains, and fights the free-radical damage that contributes to aging.
This combo of antioxidants is especially useful for dry flaky skin on the face. Ferulic acid is usually combined with vitamins E and C because it helps stabilize them. Stabilizing these vitamins allows them to become even more powerful and can both protect the skin against harmful UV rays and correct the skin by stimulating collagen production. This powerful protection can prevent sunspots and has even been linked to protecting against skin cancer.
Additionally, for those looking to even out skin tone, reduce redness and the appearance of sun spots or dark marks, Ferulic acid combined with vitamins C and E is said to be a lightening agent.
Phloretin is another antioxidant derived from plants, primarily apples and the root bark of fruit trees including pear and grapefruit. Phloretin neutralizes damaging free radicals, helps improve cell turnover, and improves the appearance of discoloration
Phloretin has been shown to effectively reduce skin discolorations, increase collagen production, protect against sun damage, and improve the effectiveness of antioxidants like vitamin C and E when used in combination. This results in skin that is brighter, firmer and more even in tone and texture for a youthful appearance.
Ask us about adding SkinCeuticals to your skincare routine, or simply schedule a consultation.