It always feels like a small sort of accomplishment to find and try out products that promise to do wonderful things for my skin. I live in a city — read: a metropolis of pollution — so my skin can start to feel a little dull if I don’t give it some extra attention.
Cells go through processes that create electrons, which sometimes spin out of orbit. This is called a free radical and when it’s spinning out of whack its negative charge can cause damage to other cells in your body. This can be worsened and further aggravated by triggers like stress, UV rays, and pollution.
On it’s own, ferulic acid absorbs UV rays, which makes it a frequent additive in sunscreen (Biomed). In a topical solution it helps to stabilize levels of vitamin C and E in products. When combined with these vitamins — it’s combined with E in antioxidants concentrate — it doubles photoprotection and combats molecular lesions (Journal of Investigative Dermatology).
Who doesn’t want their powerful antioxidant to also sound like a crazy carnival ride? But in all seriousness, spin traps (phenyl butyl nitrone) have things very under control by stopping problems before they even really get started.
Antioxidants generally neutralize electrons’ charge. Not spin traps, they take it a step further by actually stopping the electron before it can wreak havoc. These anti-inflammatory and anti-aging specifically target proinflammatory cytokines (Cosmetic Dermatology).
Lipochroman-6 neutralizes them RNS oxidative molecules that damage cells (Personal Care). It also hinders the nitration of tyrosine, an important amino acid that prodceeds protein (International Journal of Cosmetic Science).
This antioxidant stops the reaction chain of free radicals and protects against UV damage (Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology). It also helps to create a barrier in the skin that helps create a healthy skin barrier to protect against environmental damage (Skin Pharmacy and Physiology). In combination with other antioxidants, vitamin E can increase their potency (Skin Therapy Letter).
Your Best Face Antioxidants Concentrate’s (Amazon, $55) formula goes on smoothly and absorbs quickly — so you really can use it with other products. All the while it has an almost sugary, candy-like aroma. I felt an ever-so-slight tingle that gave me confidence it was doing something. The immediate benefits are slight, my skin looked a little brighter.
You’re likely to see benefits from continued use of Your Best Face Antioxidants Concentrate (Amazon, $55). It’s lightweight and absorbs quickly, making it an easy addition to a regular skin care routine. It doesn’t substitute anything in your usual skin care routine; rather its intention is intended to enhance what you’re doing. It will help boost sunscreen and give your skin some rejuvenation after all the stress, smog, and sun.
Product Rating: 9/10
- High or optimized concentration of proven ingredients: 3/3
- Unique formulation or new technology: 3/3
- Value: 3/3
About the author: Natalie K. Bell is the former magazine editor of The Pitt News. She has nearly five years of experience in print and communications. She loves big sun hats and good grammar. For more, please visit our About page.
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