Just what the heck are antioxidants? In a nutshell a chemical compound or substance that inhibits oxidation, or a substance (like vitamin E or C) thought to protect cells from oxidation. What is oxidation? The combination of a substance (your skin cells) with oxygen. So antioxidant literally means to counteract oxidation. So what does that have to do with my facial?
When it comes to treating the skin, some of our favorite ingredients are antioxidants. Often when it comes to the treatment/mask portion of your facial, I will say this mask is like a huge vitamin pill for your skin. Most people are drifting off to la-la land at that point and ask later, now what was that you were saying about anti-oxidants?
There are 2 main types of antioxidants, direct and indirect. Direct antioxidants directly neutralize free radicals where as Indirect assist the cell in it’s own production of antioxidant enzymes.
In the skin antioxidants can soothe irritation, control sensitivity, firm, reduce sins of wrinkles, fight signs of acne, moisturize and soften dry skin. This is why we need antioxidants in our skincare. One of our favorites is the Crystal C Serum from Tu-el, not only does it contain Vitamin C, but it also has SOD (Superoxide Dismutase). SOD destroys lipid peroixde, which destroys the skins barrier. Do you see where this is going. ‘There is no one antioxidant that can do it all, you really need to use many as they all work differently.
Feel free to ask us what would be best for you on your next visit.