Best Summer Antioxidants

Best Summer Skin Care Antioxidants – Dermatologist’s Tips

The best summer skin care antioxidants help to protect you skin from excess damage while you fully immerse yourself in all your summer activities. Skin damage today plays out on your skin for the rest of your life.

Protect what’s precious by using only the best antioxidants with proven benefit to fight skin damage this summer. Dermatologist Dr. Cynthia Bailey

Apply them daily to exposed skin in the summer and have confidence you are protecting your skin for years to come.

What are the best antioxidants for your skin care to fight skin damage?

  1. Green Tea EGCG polyphenols as in my Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy
  2. L-ascorbic acid formulated to an acidic pH as in my Vitamin C Professional Anti-Wrinkle Serum

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Sun, stress and pollution lead to excess free radicals in your skin - but what are they?

Free radicals are molecules with an unstable electron. That electron will rapidly grab an electron from a nearby molecule – such as those making up your skin’s cellular membranes and DNA – creating permanent damage that shows progressively in the mirror over the years that follow.

Free radical skin damage happens on a submicroscopic level, but you know it as wrinkles, crepey skin, age spots, skin thinning, skin cancer, melasma etc. I’ve seen it play out on the over 150,000 skin exams I’ve done in my 30+ years of dermatology practice. Sun exposed skin tells the story. Cynthia Bailey, MD

What is the best way to get enough antioxidants into your skin?

The best way to boost your skin’s antioxidant reserve is with stable, professional level products formulated by pharmaceutical chemists and made in FDA approved labs.

Antioxidant products are fragile and need special care when formulated or they won’t work when you apply them to your skin. Even products that say they contain the right ingredients may fall well short.

Look for products with these 4 key elements:

  1. High concentrations of the active ingredients.
  2. Formulations that are stabilized and tested for product stability.
  3. Containers that protect your investment from air and light.
  4. Antioxidants know to penetrate human skin whan applied, such as green tea and vitamin C.

best green tea antioxidant product for skin careMy Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy is made with the amount of green tea polyphenol antioxidants extracted from 500 cups of brewed green tea per ounce of cream. It is fortified with caffeine because I know that the combination is even more effective at reducing the risk of skin cancer. It also includes resveratrol antioxidants from grapes too. It is ideal for all skin types, helps to soothe sensitive skin, and fights acne and excess skin oil.

My Vitamin C Professional Anti-Wrinkle Serum contains 15% stabilized L-ascorbic acid formulated to a pH of 3 in a patented transdermal delivery system for maximal results. At this concentration, the vitamin c also stimulates collagen renewal to help fight wrinkles. (Low pH products can be irritating to sensitive skin so apply only to areas of your skin that are not sensitive).

How to add the best antioxidants to your summer skin care routine?

Dr. Bailey's Complete Skin Care RoutineApply antioxidant products under your moisturizer and sunscreen during the day or under your moisturizer at night. Remember Dr. Bailey’s Complete Skin Care Routine will always give you the best results and involves the essential steps of CLEANSE, CORRECT, HYDRATE and PROTECT.

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CLEANSE: with your favorite skin cleanser (mine is Extremely Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser). I recommend using a physical exfoliating scrub twice a week in the morning to brighten your complexion and help your antioxidants penetrate even better. My top choice is Bamboo and Clay Thermal Exfoliating Scrub.

best summer skin care antioxidants CORRECT: apply your antioxidants such as Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy followed by Vitamin C Professional Anti-Wrinkle Serum.

best moisturizers for antioxidant skin careHYDRATE: with your favorite moisturizer (mine is my Daily Face Cream for Dry to Normal Skin or Oily to Normal Skin)

best summer skin care antioxidants and sun protection PROTECT: every day with a zinc oxide sunscreen such as one of my Sheer Strength Pure Physical SPF 50+ Sunscreens.

What else do you need to know about adding the best summer skin care antioxidants to your skin care routine?

  • You can apply these products to your neck and chest too. Always wipe any product left over on the back of your hands. The skin in all these areas is thin enough to benefit. Body, arm and leg skin is too thick to meaningfully absorb these actives. Glycolic acid professional products can help improve the appearance of free radical damage on thicker body skin, but effective antioxidant products are not practical or hugely helpful.
  • Vitamin C is an ingredient that does not ‘play well with others’ meaning don’t combine it with retinol (or any retinoids), glycolic acid or other AHA/BHA ingredients, or benzoyl peroxide. It does combine well with Green Tea, moisturizers without the ingredients just listed, and zinc oxide sunscreen.

Dermatologist's Best Summer Skin Care Antioxidant Routines

I have created my favorite ‘turn-key’ antioxidant and sun protection combination kits for you. Have confidence that I’ve covered all the details for product combination so you have confidence that you are truly using the best skin care to protect your skin.

Anti-Aging Antioxidant Kit                                                              SunSavvy Antioxidant Backup
for Your Sun Protection
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