Throughout the day your skin comes into contact with many different obstacles or irritants that can cause it harm. Anything from the environment to sunlight can be potentially damaging to your skin.
The environment isn’t something that generally people would think of as being damaging to your skin. But this can be the leading cause of Oxidative Stress. This is the term used when your body doesn’t produce enough antioxidants to protect itself from free radicals, that are caused by the waste products of cellular reactions. Free radicals can cause damage to our cells if they are not neutralized by antioxidants. This damage can be the cause of premature signs of ageing, uneven skin tone and texture, and even break down the essential proteins that support the skin causing sagging. The best way to combat this is to incorporate antioxidants into your skin care as well as your diet.
"There is research showing antioxidants can improve cell function, increase collagen production, improve elasticity, create healthier, younger skin cells and reduce sun damage, but the improvement takes time, it isn’t going to be overnight. And just like a healthy diet, the more potent antioxidants you use, the healthier and younger you will be,” says Paula Begoun.
Try antioxidants in your skincare with our Daily Shield Mattifying Moisturiser. It includes ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid [HA2] and packed with antioxidants, Tocopherol [E]. It can also be teamed up with our Anti-Ageing Daily Shield Serum, which is full of ingredients such as Collagen [Co5] and Peony [PR].
More damaging to your skin that the environment however is the sun. It is the biggest enemy to your skin when it comes to looking after your skin. UV rays can cause you to get a nice tan but can also be detrimental to your skin’s general health and wellbeing. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests that the best way to look after your skin with regards to exposure to UV is using sun cream, covering up with protective clothing and making sure that you’re in the shade from 10 am until 2 pm when the UV rays are at it’s strongest.
“Vitamin C serum is a skin saver that works well with suncream to prevent damage from strong UV rays," says Mona Gohara, a Connecticut-based dermatologist and an American Society for Dermatologic Surgery member. Vitamin C has been known to have some protective qualities as well as the fact that it is packed with antioxidants. Pairing both sun cream and Vitamin C can be your way to combat anything your body has to come up against during the day! Our Anti-Oxidising Rose Radiance Serum is rich in Vitamin C and would work very nicely with a sun cream of your choice.