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What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are natural or man-made substances that can prevent or delay cell damage. They help protect the skin’s surface from oxidative stress or damage caused by free radicals and environmental aggressors like UV rays and pollution.  Use of antioxidants can help prevent this by ‘mopping up’ the free-radicals, thus limiting the damage to the cells.

Antioxidants can be found in many skincare products because of their powerful benefits, including anti-aging and cell-repair.  They deserve a place in your skincare routine.


Antioxidants used in skincare include:

Vitamin C – Known for skin brightening, aiding collagen production and fading dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

Vitamin E – Excellent for accelerating the skin’s healing process and for dry skin.

Vitamin A (Retinol) – Renowned for its anti-ageing properties. Boosting collagen production and accelerating cell renewal and repair.

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) – Powerful antioxidant that improves the skin’s texture and tone.


Our bodies produce free radicals, but they also come from exposure to environmental factors such as UV rays, pollution and smoking. This can cause an increase in free radicals and lead to oxidative stress because our bodies cannot detoxify or combat the harmful effects of the free radicals.  By adding antioxidants into our skincare routine, our skin can help protect itself against free radicals and against further cell damage.

The damage to the skin cells from oxidative stress caused by UV rays etc cause skin ageing, and often hyperpigmentation. So, by using antioxidants can prevent this ageing effect.

Antioxidant products we love:

Vitamin C

Hedox tailored Obagi Vitamin C System

NeoStrata Enlighten Pigment Controller

Vitamin E

SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic Serum

SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Serum

SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF Serum

SkinCeuticals Resveratrol BE

Vitamin A

SkinCeuticals Tripeptide-R Neck Repair

ZO Skin Health Brightalive, Obagi Retinol 1.0


NEOSTRATA Enlighten: Illuminating Serum

Dr Levy Eye Booster Concentrate 15ml 


If you would like to discuss introducing antioxidants into your skincare routine with our Aesthetic Doctors, please contact the Hedox Clinic to arrange a free remote consultation on 0208 185 7273 or email us at info@hedoxclinic.co.uk

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