4 under-the-radar antioxidants take center stage.
Meet some newcomers in the world of antioxidants. Vitamins A, C, and E have been in the antioxidant limelight for decades (rightfully, so!) because of all the benefits they give your skin. But now the beauty world is abuzz over some lesser-known free radical fighters. Here, 4 new ingredients that are taking a star turn in the cosmetics aisle—and, soon, your medicine cabinet.
Buddleja Davidii: Extracts from this native Chinese shrub—more commonly known as summer lilac or butterfly bush—have been used in traditional medicine to heal wounds and reduce inflammation. The botanical has also been clinically proven to protect against UVA damage, promote detoxification, prevent the breakdown of collagen, and boost the skin’s natural antioxidant defenses. It’s a key ingredient in HydroPeptide HydroStem +6 and Sonya Dakar NutraSphere Detox Daily Moisturizer.
Glutathione: “This master antioxidant is 1 of only 2 that the body produces on its own. But it has the most far-reaching health benefits,” says Cheryl Myers, RN, a Green Bay, Wisconsin-based natural health expert. Not only does glutathione combat wrinkles, but it also aids in detoxification and evens skin tone. Glutathione is popular in Asia as a complexion brightener while Perricone MD’s Acyl-Glutathione products claim to reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture.
Raspberry Stem Cells: Stem cells in skincare refer to botanical extracts that are cultivated to make them more potent. Raspberry stem cells, in particular, contain high levels of anthocyanins, a reddish pigment that gives them their color and their super-antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Eve Lom—the cult-favorite skin care line—claims that the raspberry extract in its Radiance Perfected Complexion Range improves hydration, stimulates hyaluronic acid and protein production, and strengthens the skin barrier. And, in Skyn Iceland’s Arctic Elixir, raspberry stem cell extracts are credited for their ability to eradicate free radicals.
Sacha Inchi Oil: The oil from the seeds of the Sacha Inchi plant—found in the Peruvian Amazon—is being touted as one of the next superfoods, thanks to its high concentration of omegas 3, 6, and 9 (fatty acids that boost brain function, balance cholesterol, and improve immunity). Sacha Inchi Oil is also good for your skin, thanks to its ability to stave off UV damage and strengthen the epidermis. It’s often paired with another vitamin-rich ingredient we predict you’ll be hearing more about: Brazilian Pitanga leaf oil. Try La Bella Figura’s Daily Elements Defense Face Oil and Odacite’s A Spring in Tokyo, which both contain this antioxidant-packed duo.