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Antioxidants are crucial for your skin – here’s why
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.”
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