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What do antioxidants do for my skin?

There is no doubt that your skincare regimen should include antioxidants. The benefits are proven and extensive. The difficulty can be, understanding what they do and deciding what is the best antioxidant or combination of antioxidants for you.  Following on from our last post explaining what antioxidants are, below we explore in more detail the benefits that antioxidants can deliver for our skin.



The benefits of antioxidants are:

  • Antioxidants help prevent signs of ageing
  • Antioxidants help prevent sun damage
  • Antioxidants help skin cells repair
  • Antioxidants help to brighten and improve skin tone


Antioxidants help prevent signs of ageing

Environmental aggressors such as UV rays and pollution can cause an increase in free radicals, which in turn leads to oxidative stress. The effect of this is a breakdown of collagen, the skin’s natural repair process is damaged and inflammation increases. This leads to an increase in fine lines, loose skin, potential breakouts and uneven skin tone. Antioxidants can mop up the free radicals to help prevent the oxidative stress and prevent the cell damage, which results in more youthful skin.

Dr Humble highly recommends –   ZO Retinol Skin Brightener 1% and Obagi Retinol 1.0


Antioxidants help prevent sun damage

UV rays cause skin ageing, in the form of fine lines, dull skin, wrinkles, dark spots and loss of firmness. Antioxidants can help prevent sun damage by diffusing the effects of UV rays that cause the free radicals. They are not enough alone to protect you from sun damage and should be used in conjunction with a broad-spectrum SPF to enhance your protection and prevent photoaging.

Dr Humble highly recommends –  SkinCeuticals Advanced Brightening UV Defense SPF50


Antioxidants help skin cells repair

Inflammation can prevent the skin’s renewal process. Using antioxidants will reduce inflammation and allow skin to repair itself. Vitamin E is excellent for accelerating the skin’s healing process and Vitamin A and C can stimulate collagen production which helps promote bright and youthful skin. Antioxidants are especially good for sun-damaged skin or skin that has suffered with inflammation.

Dr Humble highly recommends –  SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF Serum


Antioxidants help boost, brighten and even skin tone

Hyperpigmentation is a common problem in over exposed and photodamaged skin. Dark spots and uneven skin tones as well fine lines are all results of oxidative stress. Antioxidants can help prevent further damage, but can also promote brightness of the skin. Vitamin C is especially good for this.

Dr Humble highly recommends – ZO Skin Health Brightalive


If you would like to discuss including antioxidant products 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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