Antioxidants and sunscreens: These two beauty buzzwords are often thrown around as the ultimate age avengers—and rightfully so. We know that sunscreen protects, but did you know that adding antioxidants to the mix creates an even stronger shield? Here’s how to equip your skin care with this powerful age-preventing duo.
Antioxidants: Free-Radical Fighter/Barrier Booster
Applied topically, antioxidants can help “attack” free radicals, the destructive molecules that, in addition to other damaging effects, are believed to cause aging. Probably the best-known benefit of regularly using antioxidants is their capacity to ward off the common signs of aging—but they also help strengthen skin so the underlying structure is well supported and intact.
Sunscreen: The First Line of Defense/Anti-Aging Avenger
The line of defense in preventing spots and discoloration should include regular use of sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
Shunning sun protection may not only contribute to melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer), but also is the main cause of premature aging, as it leads to the development of wrinkles, crow’s-feet and pigment changes. No matter which type of antioxidant you choose, you should always apply an SPF product as well for the ultimate defense from daily environmental aggressors.
Want it all-in-one? We like Supergoop! Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist With Vitamin C Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $19 Sephora.com.
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