Make SPF More Effective
These serums reduce signs of aging and protect skin from the sun.
Free radical damage to the skin is caused by toxins like pollution, but 80 percent of it is due to the sun. While sunscreen is your best defense against harmful rays, research has shown that combining it with antioxidants makes it even more effective. Applying a topical antioxidant-rich serum protects against short-term effects, like redness and hyperpigmentation. It also helps prevent long-term issues, like skin cancer and premature aging, which appears in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin, says Leah Gilmore, an Equinox area spa manager in Northern California.
Here’s why: Free radicals are caused by oxygen molecules that split into single atoms and become unstable. When they try to stabilize by seeking other atoms or molecules to bond to, a process called oxidative stress begins, which damages the body’s cells. “Antioxidants are our skin’s first defense against harm caused by UV exposure since they interrupt this process,” says Gilmore.
Try one of the following products she recommends for summer.
SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic
This daytime serum with the antioxidant vitamin C is a cult favorite for its ability to protect against environmental aggressors and improve signs of aging by reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Apply in the morning before other anti-aging products and SPF.
Caudalie VineActive Serum
This serum, which can be used day or night, has both vitamin C, which shields the skin and supports natural collagen growth, and vitamin E, which promotes a radiant glow. If applying in the a.m., follow with sunscreen.
SkinCeuticals Resveratrol BE
Free radical damage hinders the skin’s ability to repair overnight, which leads to the accelerated loss of density and elasticity. Use this night serum, which combines the antioxidants resveratrol and vitamin E, to promote the restoration process.