Antioxidants are currently one of the most trending skincare ingredients. But what exactly are they and why do we need them in our routine, anyway?
What Are Antioxidants?
Just like when they are eaten (which is good for you too, BTW), antioxidants are ingredients that help to protect your skin from the damage caused by free radicals and environmental aggressors. Without them, skin can become congested and appear dull and tired. No thanks!
Why Do We Need Them?
By not using antioxidants daily as part of your skincare routine, you are putting your skin at risk of damage caused by the sun and pollution. But not anymore, because it’s time to start prioritising having a healthy, radiant glow.
Keep your skin protected by incorporating antioxidants into your routine. Here are six local skincare brands that contain them.
1. VITAMIN C / Hey Gorgeous Vitamin C Wrinkle Reversing Serum
Vitamin C is one of the most popular antioxidants because of its ability to reverse the signs of ageing as well as protect your skin from sun damage.
2. VITAMIN E / back2nature Botanical Face Serum
This serum contains jojoba oil, which is a great source of the antioxidant vitamin E. It can help to prevent and fade scarring because it promotes the repair of the skin.
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3. BAOBAB / Skin Creamery Skin Tonic
Indigenous to Africa, this facial tonic contains baobab, which is loaded with antioxidants that reduce inflammation in the body. And it does the same for skin.
4. VITAMIN A / Skin Functional Vitamin A 0.5% Retinol
Another effective skincare ingredient and antioxidant is vitamin A. It’s best known for its ability to reduce acne breakouts and target and delay signs of ageing.
5. ROOIBOS / African Extracts Rooibos Hydrofirm-C+ Serum
Rooibos is another homegrown plant that is packed with antioxidants. These help to fight and prevent free-radical damage and aid the skin in repairing itself.
6. HONEYBUSH / SKOON. NITELOVE Anti-Pollution Overnight Serum
With this night serum – which is rich in the local antioxidant, honeybush – you can kickstart your skin’s repair setting while you sleep for a *gorgeous* morning glow.