Feeding and nourishing the skin with antioxidant-rich formulations during the hot summer months when pollutants in urban environments are high, is required care.
During these days when UVA and UVB rays are at their highest, skin care routines that incorporate soothing and anti-inflammatory products containing best-in-class anti-aging antioxidants may assist in repairing skin.
Our Face Serum is meticulously crafted with potent West African plant ingredients and best-in-class anti-aging antioxidants. Perfect for hot summer days.
What Are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants are active ingredients that generally interrupt oxidation reactions and prevent the effects of oxygen and reactive nitrogen radicals both of which are known to damage the integrity and function of various natural substances, including the delicate skin surface. External sources of free radicals include ozone (especially in the summer), pollutants in urban environments, applied substances, alcohol, physical and emotional stress, poor nutrition (sugar), obesity, and toxins (smoking, etc.).
Antioxidants are crucial in the fight against free radicals because they help neutralize the independent radical “rogue” molecules. Antioxidants prevent degradation of natural ingredients (proteins, sugars, lipids) in the cosmetic product but most importantly, they protect the skin cells from being damaged while slowing down the aging process. Antioxidants have been shown to calm the skin, boost the skin's radiance, minimize age spots, sun spots, and fine lines.
ANTI-AGING ANTIOXIDANTS FOR RADIANT, GLOWING SKIN
SPF – everyone needs, and should use, sun protection + daily use slows skin aging 24% according to Australian researchers. Do not waste your money on expensive moisturizer that includes SPF. SPF is an all-encompassing product. When combined as an ingredient in moisturizing products, it overtakes and renders the other “active” ingredients ineffective. Use your more expensive skin care products first and then lastly apply a separate SPF on top and before makeup. There is only about a 1% difference between SPF 30 and SPF 50 therefore, would recommend SPF 30 as a baseline for daily city living use. Here are some recommendations we love:
- Chanel UV Essentiel Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum SPF 30
- Zelens Daily Defence Sunscreen SPF 30
- Clinique City Block Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 25
Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate) – reduces inflammation, improves the appearance of aged and blemished skin, rebuilds collagen, repairs and protects against sun damage, and normalizes turnover of skin cells.
Alpha & Beta Hydroxy Acids – used in the right way they shed off the skin’s epidermis (outermost layer of skin cells) allowing for products to penetrate better and when well formulated helps rebuild collagen and increase the moisturizing level of the skin
- Glycolic, lactic, tartaric, malic, and citric acids are better for dry, dehydrated skins.
- Salicylic acid works best for oily/combination skin.
Vitamin C & Vitamin E – these preventative anti-oxidants work well together protecting both parts of the skin because Vitamin C is typically water-based and Vitamin E is oil-based.
- Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) - Improves the appearance of aged and fragile skin. However, when exposed to air, it easily degenerates.
- A more stable derivative of Vitamin C antioxidant used in the Face Serum (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate 10% concentration), has been shown to be more effective in increasing the skin’s elasticity and hydration from within the deeper layers of the skin, in vitro and in vivo, which is very important for normal skin metabolism and to prevent early aging.
- Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) - further stabilizes Vitamin C, acts as a transdermal conduit, and protects skin from the adverse effects of oxidative stress via its moisturizing and soothing effects.
Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) – improves the appearance of aging facial skin such as visible reductions in fine lines and wrinkles, hyper-pigmented spots, blotchiness, and improved elasticity. In combination with the antioxidant cocktail in the Face Serum and indigenous West African plant ingredients, the skin is brightened.
As with many things in life, it is all about balance; from your diet, lifestyle choices, and skin care treatments. May you always be beautiful.
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