Antioxidants

Antioxidants are some of the most important ingredients in professional cosmeceuticals products.

External factors such as ultraviolet (UV) radiation, pollution and smoking, as well as internal factors including normal cellular metabolism, can generate molecules called free radicals which are damaging to the skin.

Antioxidants “mop up” these free radicals thereby reducing inflammation and protecting the skin against sun damage and skin cancers.

Some studies suggest that combinations of antioxidants can be more effective than single ingredient formulations.

Examples of antioxidants include:

  • Alpha-lipoic acid: Has anti-inflammatory and exfoliating effects.
  • Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid): Stimulates collagen repair and can improve fine lines, reduce inflammation and pigmentation. Although it is found in a number of cosmeceutical products, many are not effective because the vitamin C is unstable when exposed to air, heat or light, is in too low a concentration or in a form that cannot be absorbed or metabolised by the skin.
  • Nicotinamide (vitamin B3): An antioxidant that improves skin barrier function. It can reduce fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation and improve skin texture. It may also play a role in skin cancer prevention.
  • Vitamin E (alpha tocopherol): Another antioxidant that reduces UV damage and skin cancer. It also works synergistically with vitamin C in reducing collagen break down.
  • N-Acetyl-Glucosamine (NAG): May help fade pigmentation and prevent sun damage (photo damage).
  • Ubiquinone (CoQ10): A naturally occurring antioxidant that reduces collagen breakdown due to sun exposure.

View our selection of antioxidant cosmeceuticals for all skin types at NASCENT Skin and Beauty Clinic online skin care store – buy online delivered direct to your door.

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