Hi Beauties! 🐰🌸
Today I have a very interesting topic to share with you all about something you may already be incorporating into your skincare routine but are unaware of: ANTIOXIDANTS 🍃
Antioxidants is a term that covers a range of ingredients found in skincare, so I will be breaking down what exactly antioxidants are and how important they are in achieving healthy, glowy skin.
For those who already use antioxidants, this may be a very enlightening guide on what role they play for your skin and if you have yet to incorporate antioxidants into your routine, I hope this post will encourage you to do so! There is no excuse not to continue to do the best for our skin as you never know how many stressors there are in our environment.
What are free radicals?
To understand the benefits of antioxidants, it’s important to address what they target first. Free radicals occur when the molecules in our skin lose electrons, making them unstable. This is known as oxidative stress and our skin goes through it every day. You may have heard of oxidation in Vitamin C serums where the product turns yellow and becomes unfit for use – it is essentially the same but in regard to our skin. In order to return back to a stable state, molecules search for and “steal” electrons from other healthy cells in our skin which can cause skin issues like cell damage and breakouts. Lack of sleep💤, stress 😖 and pollution 💨 are a few of many factors that cause oxidative stress.
How do antioxidants help?
Antioxidants help neutralise these unstable molecules by providing the unstable molecules with electrons without turning into a free radical themselves. This stops the chain of free radical formation.
Antioxidants occur naturally in our bodies, but its production slows with age. The food we eat delivers antioxidants to our organs and internal cells, so why should our skin be deprived of antioxidant benefits too? 🍎🌱
As mentioned earlier, antioxidants come in many forms and serve different purposes. Here are some honorary mentions:
- Green tea extract soothes the skin with anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Niacinamide brightens and is non-sensitising, perfect for all skin types.
- Vitamin C also brightens and targets hyperpigmentation.
- Vitamin E promotes cell function, heals UV damage and is anti-aging.
- Yeast extract improves skin texture and brightens and lifts the skin.
Antioxidant product recommendations
This is an antioxidant-rich essence packed with yeast extract to brighten the skin 🌟 and amplify your anti-aging regime 👶🏻. Pat this into your skin after toner and finish off with the rest of your routine. This is perfect for all skin types, especially dry and dull skin. You can even soak a sheet-mask tablet in this to create your own DIY mask!
This ultra-soothing wash-off mask is full of Huxley’s star ingredient, sahara cactus seed 🌵, which boosts a high concentration of Vitamin E to fight dullness and hydrate the skin 💧. After cleansing, apply and leave on the mask for 5-10 minutes before washing off. Continue with the rest of your routine and notice how plump your skin has become!
I hope this post has been helpful in understanding antioxidants! Antioxidants can be found in many of Hikoco’s products, just look out for the key ingredients listed above and you will be well on your way to that healthy, youthful glow 💓 Always remember to do patch tests on your neck when trying out new products especially if you have sensitive skin!
Thank you for reading and remember to stay safe, beauties! 🌻💛