How Antioxidants Protect Skin

pomegranate; How Antioxidants Protect Skin; UW Health Transformations Jeune Skin Care; Madison, WisconsinVitamin C, vitamin E, and plant-derived ferulic acid are all examples of antioxidants that act as free radical scavengers. When formulated properly, these antioxidants can be used in topical skin care products to protect and correct skin damage.


Antioxidants protect skin by neutralizing oxidative "bombs" generated when skin is exposed to environmental insults such as sun and smoking. If these "bombs" are not counteracted, they could destroy skin, provoking damage of the cells leading to the degradation of things such as lipids, proteins and even DNA.


This is the damage that we perceive as loss of elasticity, lack of collagen or even just aging skin.


There are many different types of topical antioxidants - many that are more recognized, such as vitamin C or (L-ascorbic acid). The goal of these antioxidants is to interfere with the environmental insults before damage can be done.


The Benefits of Vitamin C


Vitamin C provides the following benefits:


  • Protects against UVA and UVB damage 
  • Regenerates vitamin E and other antioxidants
  • Stimulates collagen
  • Anti-inflammatory

In the June Jeune Skin Care e-Newsletter, we'll discuss whether or not all topical vitamin C is created equal.


Request a free consultation with our UW Health Transformations Jeune Skin Care aestheticians to determine which antioxidant skin care products are best for you.