Antioxidants aren’t just a buzzword. As part of a balanced diet, these naturally occurring compounds help protect the body against disease and illness, while antioxidant-rich skincare is known to promote a healthy, youthful appearance.
Typically found in fruit and vegetables, the main power of antioxidants lies in their ability to fight free radicals. These are the molecules produced in response to a variety of environmental aggressors – UV exposure, pollution, cigarette smoke, etc – that attack, and damage, the body’s cells. Factors such as stress, a poor diet and alcohol consumption also increase an individual’s production of free radicals.
Valued for their ability to counteract exposure to these aggressors, antioxidants support skin health in three major ways.
1. Antioxidants Shield the Skin
Sun, pollution, smoke… As the body’s largest organ, the skin has a big job shielding us from the barrage of external aggressors we face every single day. Many experts believe antioxidant-rich skincare minimises visible damage, and all experts stress the importance of sun protection as your first line of defence.
UV radiation is the number one contributor to free radical activity, so make daily sunscreen wear your number one priority. With a variety of formulas suited for all skin types – especially sensitive – La Roche-Posay’s range of high-SPF, broad spectrum sunscreens are ideal for year-round protection.
Formulated with Baicalin – from the roots of the purple flowering Scutelleria baicalensis plant – Anthelios XL SPF50+ Comfort Cream provides added antioxidant power for normal to dry skins.
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2. They Help Prevent Premature Ageing
Antioxidants slow the onset of visible signs of ageing – wrinkles, dullness, loss of elasticity – by neutralising free radicals and reducing oxidative stress. Adding an antioxidant, or antioxidants, into your skincare regime is therefore helpful in protecting against premature ageing.
Found in Redermic C10 and Redermic C Eyes, Vitamin C is a powerful anti-ageing antioxidant used in skincare. With well documented brightening and radiance boosting benefits, it also helps delays the appearance of lines, and can smooth existing wrinkles by boosting collagen production.
Not all Vitamin C is created equal, however. La Roche-Posay Redermic C10 concentrate boasts pure L-ascorbic acid – the form of Vitamin C best absorbed by the skin. At a highly concentrated 10%, it’s formulated for maximum wrinkle-reducing and brightening benefits, but is still suitable for sensitive skins. For the vulnerable eye contour, Redermic C Eyes provides eye care with valuable antioxidant protection.
3. They Soothe Irritated Skin
Certain minerals, including selenium and manganese, are also natural antioxidants. Selenium is an important part of the unique combination of minerals and trace elements that naturally enrich La Roche-Posay thermal spring water. As well as neutralising free radicals to prevent premature skin ageing, selenium is known to soothe skin.
La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water spray is suitable for babies through to adults, providing immediate soothing relief. Use it whenever your skin feels aggravated, to cool down after a workout, or even to set your makeup.
With skin-saving benefits like these, isn’t it time you added antioxidants to your beauty regime?