Your skin is a part of your body, ladies and gents; it needs a variety ingredients to thrive and antioxidants are a big part of keeping your skin barrier strong and protected from environmental pollution. There are a plethora of great antioxidants for your skin but I’ll only cover the ones that have worked for me and are a part of my skincare arsenal.
EUK 134 aka Eukarion-134
Euk 134 is a very innovative and cutting edge antioxidant. There isn’t a ton of peer-reviewed research on it, which I am a big fan of but sometimes I’ll ditch my skin care prudeness and try something new. The research I’ve read describes this antioxidant as a powerful scavenger of free radicals and eliminates hydrogen peroxide. It protects the skin against toxic compounds, reduces redness, and protects the skin against environmental and UV aging, which leads to premature photoaging. EUK-134 is supposed to be even more powerful than vitamin C, so I use it in the morning before sunscreen. Even though this antioxidant has been around for a few years, it wasn’t readily available in skincare. That is, until The Ordinary launched it in 2017 at a whopping $8.80 CAD!! The texture of this formula seems oily but it’s the propanediol, which is a skin conditioning agent and a humectant. It takes a little while to fully absorb, so I work a little on my hair before applying my sunscreen. Have I seen any visible improvements from EUK-134? No. I don’t suffer from redness but I do want to protect my skin from environmental pollution and UV rays. It doesn’t break me out, so I’ll keep using it.
My most favourite antioxidant of all. Love drinking it and looooove it in skincare. Green tea is yet another powerful antioxidant that scavenges free radicals, binds to said radicals and deactivates them before they can cause harm. Winner!! This amazing antioxidant is full of polyphenols, which are a class of bioflavinoids and have been shown to have anti-inflamatory and antibacterial properties. It’s great for acne-prone skin and for those of us looking to prevent and treat the signs of aging. Paula’s Choice uses green tea in almost all of their products. One more reason I love this brand.
If you love your wine (I don’t but that’s because of a prank my italian nonna played on me. Another story. Another time) then you’ll be happy to hear that you’ve been ingesting resveratrol which is such an amazing antioxidant. Resveratrol also scavenges free radicals and encourages your skin to pump up collagen production. I first started using resveratrol in my skincare regime through Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging skin care line for normal to oily skin. I use the Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner and the Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 in my morning routine. Both are packed with resveratrol and they are holy grail products in my bathroom cabinet. Another awesome product with a high-hitting dose of reservatrol is The Ordinary Reservatrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% serum. The Ordinary’s Reservatrol is sourced from 100% derived Japanese knotweed, which contains high levels of trans-reservatrol. Red grapes, traditionally used to produce reservatrol must be converted into trans-reservatrol for them to be effective. Japanese knotweed contains mostly trans-reservatrol, so it goes to work much faster in the skin to fight the baddies (free radicals). I use this serum at night, after my water based serums and before azelaic acid. Works like a charm.
Yet another antioxidant that fights the free radical bullies that wreak havoc on our skin. Ferulic acid is a plant-based antioxidant found mostly in bran but also coffee. It helps your skin against environmental assault and can help vitamin c and e work better. I can not use vitamin c in my routine as it causes blackheads and breakouts for me but if you’re down with vitamin c (yeah you know me) then please add The Ordinary Reservatrol + Ferulic serum to your arsenal. You won’t be sorry.
That’s my lot. Hopefully this post helps you realize just how important antioxidants are to the well-being of our skin. Got any favourites? Leave them in the comments below or tag me in The Ordinary and Deciem chat room. I’m always on the hunt for new favourties.
Much love XX