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I was late to the antioxidant game, worried they would irritate. These SkinCeuticalsl products were recommended to me by LivingHealthy’s Haideh Hirmand, MD, who was surprised I didn’t use an antioxidant daily. I know they fight off free radicals generated by the environment (sun, pollution) so they must be important, I just didn’t know if I could expect a visible difference. 

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 “I think the antioxidant piece is really important,” says Alexiades. “Antioxidants have the second biggest body of evidence [after retinols] in reducing pigment and stimulating collagen production” says Humprey. Both derms were happy to see my choice of SkinCeuticals because of the company’s really strong research and product testing. “At least you know you’re getting what it says on the bottle,” says Humphrey, who says her personal favorite is their flagship C E Ferulic serum: “I love it.” According to Humphrey, skin looks radiant right away and in the long term she’s seen improvement in pigmentation and brightness in her own skin.

However, both dermatologists warn that antioxidants are notoriously unstable. They oxidize, turn brown and lose efficacy. That’s why Alexiades packed her 37 Extreme Actives creams with dense liposomes so no oxygen can get in there to compromise the antioxidants, which protect skin from free radicals and absorb UV light when they work properly.  

A drugstore antioxidant may cost only $20 but you have no idea if there are any vitamins left in there. “Think about oxidation,” says Wagner, “That’s rust. You don’t want that on your skin.” If your antioxidant is brown, toss it.