The 3 Things You Should Know About Antioxidants

by Brooke Le Poer Trench


David CookDavid CookJeannette Graf, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, not only helped pioneer studies on peptides, she's also been researching the power of antioxidants for two decades. Here, the author of Stop Aging, Start Living (Three Rivers Press) explains how to use the latter to dodge the worst damage.

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OVERINDULGE

"For the best protection, wear a formula with several antioxidants. Studies show they work together, becoming more powerful when they're combined than when they are alone. For instance, lycopene is more potent than beta-carotene and lutein, but all three together are significantly stronger still."

MAKE IT QUICK
"Wearing a sunscreen or moisturizer with antioxidants is fine, but I prefer serums, which penetrate faster than creams when applied to bare skin. The strongest concentrations are usually the most stable, so look for one in a dark or opaque bottle. A change in color, smell, or texture of the product can mean the antioxidants have oxidized and become useless."

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GO GREEN

"Much of the research into antioxidants now is in marine algae, which thrive in the harshest environments on earth. We're going to see very potent combinations of different types of algae for skin in the near future."

TOP ANTIOXIDANTS (pictured above)
1. Glytone Antioxidant Prevent Anti-Aging Serum
2. Prevage Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum
3. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Combination Antioxidant Treatment
4. Algenist Concentrated Reconstructing Serum

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