Why You Should Use An Antioxidant Serum

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Why You Should Use An Antioxidant Serum

What Is An Antioxidant Serum?

Facial serums are highly concentrated skincare products that deliver powerful ingredients to the skin. They can be used to help address specific skin concerns such as redness, discoloration, or fine lines and wrinkles. Serums are traditionally water-based and lightweight so they absorb into the skin very quickly.

Serums are often packed with antioxidants, which have plenty of skin benefits. But before getting into what antioxidant serums do for your skin, it’s important to first understand the role of antioxidants.

What Is An Antioxidant?

Every day, your body’s health is threatened by viruses, infections, and free radicals, which are unstable molecules that steal electrons from other sources and ultimately damage other cells. Free radicals can come from the metabolism of food, UV rays, chemicals, and environmental toxins such as smoke and pollution, and more. Antioxidants help boost your immunity and protect and stop cell damage caused by free radicals.

Where Do Antioxidants Come From?

Your body produces some antioxidants on its own, but you can get more antioxidants by eating a healthy diet full of superfoods such as dark green vegetables, nuts, sweet potatoes, berries, beans, and whole grains. Another way to increase your intake of antioxidants is by applying them topically, which is where skincare comes into play. Many skincare products are rich in antioxidants, and serums are no exception. Pairing a healthy diet with powerful skincare can help you get the clear, glowing skin you’ve always dreamed of.

What Does An Antioxidant Serum Do For Your Skin?

Because there are different serums for different skin types and skin concerns, look for an antioxidant serum specifically formulated for your own needs. Here are some popular ingredients found in antioxidant serums to help narrow down your search:

  • Licorice root: possesses anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties and helps fade discoloration and age spots. Licorice root can be found in our vegan antioxidant serum, which is formulated to help put red, blotchy skin into a state of peace and calm.
  • Vitamin C: brightens skin and fights free radical damage by aiding your skin’s natural regeneration process
  • Hyaluronic acid: helps retain moisture and alleviate dry skin, fights the signs of aging by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (Note: Although certain serums may contain moisturizing ingredients, they should not replace moisturizer!)
  • Glycolic acid: a chemical exfoliant that helps the skin shed dead skin cells, also helps fight discoloration and signs of aging to reveal softer, brighter, smoother skin
  • Vitamin E: an antioxidant that helps protect against oxidative and UV damage
  • Vitamin B3 (aka Niacinamide): helps improve skin elasticity and has anti-inflammatory properties, making it great for acne-prone skin
  • Green tea: packed with a high amount of antioxidants that help naturally clean and detoxify the skin, and boost your skin’s immunity

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How To Use An Antioxidant Serum

An antioxidant serum has incredible skin benefits but as with any other skincare product, it should be used properly. The order in which you apply your skincare products has an impact on the overall effectiveness of each product so pay attention to when you use a serum if you choose to add one to your routine. Serums should be applied after cleansing and any treatment products (such as an acne treatment gel) but before eye products and moisturizer. Once it’s time to apply your serum, first apply a few drops to your fingertips then gently pat the serum into your skin to help it absorb.

Serums are super potent so always exercise caution when introducing a serum to your skincare routine. Remember that your skin can develop allergies and sensitivities over time so be sure to patch test!

Abby Vinas

Abby Vinas

Abby Vinas has long been an active member of the holistic health community, advocating in favor of its benefits to both our physical and emotional well-being. Her commitment to leading a healthy lifestyle has made her an authority on self-care practices. Abby is passionate about fitness, nutrition, and proper skincare, and is also an avid lover of avocado toast and dog-petting.

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