REBECCA KAZIN, MD FAAD

HOW ANTIOXIDANTS HELP SKIN HEALTH

Antioxidants function as free radical scavengers so they are best thought of as photoprotectors, which means that they can enhance sun protection during daylight exposure. There are a handful of major antioxidants that can improve the appearance of aging skin, and about a zillion minor ones. More than a decade ago vitamin C took center stage in the cosmeceutical world but we have come a long way from there.

The most important antioxidants in skin care include resveratrol from grape seed, green tea, vitamin A, ascorbic acid – C, vitamin E, pomegranate, and alpha lipoic acid. Combination antioxidants work in tandem to enhance their potency; for example vitamin C seems to work better when coupled with E. When it comes to antioxidants, the easiest way to incorporate them into your skin care regime is in a moisturizer with built in antioxidants. Some antioxidants have shorter shelf life—as with vitamin C—which oxidizes when it is exposed to air, so jars and tubes should be tightly sealed and kept in a dark cool place.

Find out more about the best cosmeceuticals for your skin type from Dr. Kazin during your consultation.