Antioxidants and Free Radicals
Buzzwords like “antioxidants” and “free radicals” can make skincare confusing and overwhelming, so we want to simplify things! We know that antioxidants are good and they help fight free radicals, but what are they exactly? Here’s everything you need to know about free radicals, antioxidants, and where to find them in the Skinesque collection:
Free radicals are unstable and highly reactive molecules that have unpaired electrons. They exist in our skin and body and are caused by environmental stressors like UV exposure and pollution. By trying to stabilize themselves, free radicals attack DNA, proteins, and lipids in our skin and body, resulting in what we call free radical damage or oxidative stress. Free radical damage to our skin can look like wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, or inflammation.
That’s where antioxidants come in.
Antioxidants help protect our skin by balancing out free radicals. Antioxidants bind to free radicals and stabilize them, preventing them from damaging our cells, DNA, or proteins. Antioxidants, along with our skin barrier, help us maintain strong and healthy skin.
Vitamin C, vitamin E, and niacinamide are all great antioxidants found in Skinesque products. We’re all about protecting and repairing the skin, so we love using antioxidant rich ingredients like CICA, papaya enzymes, and peach flower extract!