If there is one category of skin care ingredients you can never have too much of, it’s antioxidants. They intervene to defend your skin against pollution and environmental damage, and work deep down to improve how skin works.
Antioxidants are naturally occurring vitamins and minerals – like vitamins A, B, C, E, and green tea – that protect your skin against free radicals. And yes, free radicals sound like a bad ‘70s rock band, but they’re actually molecules in the environment that damage your skin by clinging to your collagen and weakening elasticity. They come from things like air pollutants, chemicals, and cigarette smoke, and they basically suck the life out of your face.
Antioxidants neutralise those free radicals to protect your skin from damage. Great, right? But that’s not all: Some antioxidants also brighten your skin, calm irritation, and even smooth fine lines – as long as you choose the right ones.