An­tiox­i­dants are cru­cial for your skin – here’s why

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If you aren’t al­ready us­ing an­tiox­i­dants as part of your daily sk­in­care rou­tine, you’ll want to start today. First, a primer: our en­vi­ron­ment (sun, pol­lu­tion, in­frared ra­di­a­tion) cre­ates ox­i­da­tion, which can ac­cel­er­ate age­ing. “An­tiox­i­dants in­hibit en­vi­ron­men­tal ox­ida­tive stress by block­ing toxic free rad­i­cals,” says der­ma­tol­o­gist and Be­spoke Skin Tech­nol­ogy co-founder Dr Kather­ine Ar­mour.

An­tiox­i­dants – such as fer­ulic acid, niaci­namide (vi­ta­min B3), green tea and resver­a­trol – ex­hibit pho­to­pro­tec­tive ef­fects (mean­ing they may limit changes in the skin that can lead to skin can­cers), and can also help curb struc­tural dam­age from ul­tra­vi­o­let and in­frared light, which is par­tic­u­larly use­ful in the harsh Aus­tralian sun. Ide­ally, ad­vises Ar­mour, we should be us­ing top­i­cal an­tiox­i­dants from our 20s: “It’s bet­ter to fight freerad­i­cal dam­age early in your adult life, rather than try­ing to catch up in your late 50s. How­ever, it’s never too late to ben­e­fit.”

For those with rosacea, eczema or sen­si­tiv­ity is­sues, try one an­tiox­i­dant in­gre­di­ent at a time. Ev­ery­one else? Layer up – be­cause an­tiox­i­dants are more pow­er­ful when used to­gether. And don’t be sur­prised if you no­tice other skin ben­e­fits. Vi­ta­min C bright­ens and de­creases acne in­flam­ma­tion; liquorice root ex­tract tar­gets pigmentation; and Ar­mour’s favourite, niaci­namide, helps in­hibit se­bum, soothes red­ness and in­creases col­la­gen pro­duc­tion. Founded by two Mit-ed­u­cated en­gi­neers and a cos­metic chemist, this di­rect-to-con­sumer com­pany brings be­spoke beauty to hair care. Com­plete a quiz about your hair type, goals and pref­er­ences (choose from five pas­tel colours, six fra­grances and scent strength), and the com­pany will for­mu­late and fill your per­son­alised sham­poo and con­di­tioner. About two weeks later, a box will land on your doorstep with your cus­tom prod­uct, plus – for $15 ex­tra – a tote bag, hair ties, and squishy travel con­tain­ers to de­cant and go. The bot­tles them­selves are an In­sta­gram­mer’s dream and branded with your nom­i­nated name, while the for­mu­las are ve­gan. You can choose au­to­matic re­plen­ish­ment, which in­cludes free ship­ping (oth­er­wise it’s $5 for non-sub­scrip­tion or­ders), and be­cause this is your per­sonal po­tion you can tweak the for­mula as your hair changes through­out the sea­sons. It’s not life-chang­ing, but it’s still a novel way to make your hair care rou­tine more en­joy­able.

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