We all know that antioxidants are good for our bodies, because they’re found in healthy foods. But in recent years, they’ve been used more and more in skincare, because the benefits when applied topically, are completely different. So, what do antioxidants do for the skin? An antioxidant is a naturally occurring vitamin or mineral that protects your skin against damaging free radicals (smog, UV rays, basically all the bad stuff the environment attacks us with every day, etc). This in turn causes the collagen in your face to stop replenishing and breaks down your DNA, making you look older. But, let’s get real, no one antioxidant can do it all. So here is our list of the top five that are best for your skin.
That’s CoQ10 to us! It is found naturally in the human body, so there’s already some resident in your cells right now. Knowing that it is crucial for cellular energy production and protects from heart damage on the inside of your body, research was done to see what benefits it had when applied topically. It was found to have the ability to penetrate deep into the skin’s epidermis for long lasting results, and can fight against oxidative stress, which can cause DNA damage, increasing the risk for cancer. Younger looking skin and an overall healthier you? Sign us up!
Recommended Priori product: Q+SOD fx220 - Brightening Serum
Super Oxide Dismutase
Super Oxide Dismutase or SOD as we call it in the skincare world, is known for neutralizing the superoxide free radical, which is the most harmful type of free radical found in the body. You’ll most likely find this antioxidant in products that claim to fight the signs of aging, but it really is one of the most crucial antioxidants on the market for those of all ages. There’s a reason ‘super’ is in the name - it has the ability to enhance the power of sunscreen (um, genius?).
Recommended Priori product: Q+ SOD fx240 - Moisturizing Cream
All the Vitamins (A, C, and E)
We know, this is technically cheating, but there is a reason why so many products have more than one of these in it - they work better together. All are antioxidants, but they each also have individual little miracles they perform daily. Vitamin A is best for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles due to containing retinal, Vitamin C brightens, and Vitamin E moisturizes. Vitamins C and E work best when combined, but use caution when combining A with C if you have sensitive skin.
Recommended Priori product: LCA fx140 - Barrier Restore Complex
We recently did a whole post on the benefits of turmeric (click here for a refresher), and since curcumin is what gives turmeric all of its powers, of course it had to make this list. Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial - it basically has magical powers. It’s very potent and helps against UV damage. This spice has been known to protect and heal many a skin woes, so just add it to your skincare shelf and thank us later.
Recommended Priori product: TTC fx320 - Illumination Treatment
You’re probably getting a fair share of these bad boys from all the colorful fruits and veggies you eat, but topically it’s a whole different ballgame. Derived from plants, flavonoids are what protect the plants from environmental stressors, and has the same effect on us! While there are well over 4,000 identifiable flavonoids, two of the most common and effective in skincare are grape seed and green tea extract. Grace seeds contain vitamins C and E so it’s a win-win, and green tea fights against DNA damage, lowering your risk for skin cancer. Both have proved to work wonders for the skin in terms of stabilizing collagen and strengthening blood vessels.
Recommended Priori product: TTC fx310 Naturally Enriched Cleanser