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Ask an Expert: Which Antioxidants Should I Be Looking for in My Skincare?

 

Antioxidants are one of those ingredients that, while most people have heard of them, we’re all still a little iffy on what they actually do. In fact, in a recent goodhousekeeping.com poll, only three-in-ten respondents thought they could even make an educated guess about which ingredients in their skincare products were antioxidants.

So let’s clear that up right off the bat: Antioxidants prevent free radical damage caused by environmental stressors like UV rays, air pollution, and even the blue light emitted from the screens of your electronic devices, explains Rachel Nazarian, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City. “Antioxidants are the ‘stressor-neutralizing’ ingredients that we need to preserve our skin. They donate an electron to unstable molecules, which would have ultimately caused a reaction for accelerated skin aging, and instead stabilize them.”

 

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Source : Good Housekeeping – Ask an Expert: Which Antioxidants Should I Be Looking for in My Skincare? Edited By, Megan Mcintyre

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