Anti-Aging and Wrinkles: 1 Antioxidants

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  • antioxidants, helps prevent skin damage
    C E Ferulic
    SkinCeuticals
    $165.00

    Size:  1 oz.

    Who It's For

    Most skin types except the most sensitive.  This product will usually be helpful for pigmentation problems also.

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    In line with SkinCeuticals' superb antioxiants - a triple compound with L-Ascorbic 15%, Vitamin E 1%, and 0.5% Ferulic (a plant based antioxidant).  Acts to prevent damage to skin cell DNA from UV via reduced free radical formation and prevention of DNA mutations.  May stimulate collagen production slightly.

    How to Use

    Apply to freshly cleansed skin as the first layer.

    Ingredients

    Water, Ethoxydiglycol, L-ascorbic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Laureth-23, Alpha Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Ferulic Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate 

  • antioxidants
    Phloretin CF Gel
    SkinCeuticals
    $165.00

    Size: 1 fl. oz

    Who It's For

    All but sensitive skin.  If you are sensitive, try this in a small amount for a few days on a test area.  

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    SkinCeuticals made its name originally by making the best antioxidants, and this one is no exception. 3 antioxidants in one, it contains L-ascorbic acid 10%, phoretin 2%, and ferrulic acid 0.5%. My personal antioxidant under my sunscreen. The same high quality without the glass jars - love the new closed pump with its travel-friendly packaging. Oxidizes only minimally with time (turns slightly yellow).

    How to Use

    Apply after cleansing and under your moisturizer and/or sunscreen.

    Ingredients

    2% Phloretin, 10% L-Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C), 0.5% Ferulic Acid

  • moisturizing antioxidant cream
    Power of Three Cream
    Replenix
    $68.00

    Size: 1 fl. oz

    Who It's For:

    Normal to dryer skin types and a good choice for sensitive skin.

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    As antioxidants go, I still think the higher quality SkinCeuticals products or the high quality Vitamin C serums are more effective.   But not everyone tolerates those or likes the serum formulation.  This is a good option for those who don't like the serums or gels or just need an antioxidant that's quite gentle.  Contains reservatrol and polyphenol (plant-based antioxidants) isolates.  Also, this is more affordable than the SkinCeuticals ones.

    How to Use

    Apply in the morning under sunscreen or at night under your Vit A cream. 

    Ingredients

    Purified Water, Squalane, Cyclomethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Caffeine U.S.P. Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Lecithin, Lauryl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Polyphenols, Resveratrol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Bisabolol, Chamomilla Recutila (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Polysorbate-20, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethanolaine, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium EDTA

  • antioxidant cream, oily and acne prone skin
    Replenix Cream CF
    Replenix
    $67.00

    Size: 1 fl. oz

    Who It's For

    All skin types but the most oily and acne prone.

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    An excellent antioxidant with 90% polyphenol extracts of green tea.  The cream form is very good for those of you with more sensitive skin or those who just don't like the smell or feel of the Vitamin C serums or gels.  The base is fairly light but moisturizing.

    How to Use

    Once or twice a day.  Use your antioxidants directly on cleansed skin and put your other products over that. 

    Ingredients

    Purified water, glyceryl stearate (soy), behenyl alcohol, palmitic acid, caffeine UPS, stearic acid, lecithin, lauryl alcohol, myristyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, 90% polyphenol isolate of camellia sinensis leaf, sodium hyaluronate, bisabolol, cucumis sativus (cucumber) extract, chamomilla recutita (chamomile) extract, triethanolamine, polysorbate 20, methylparaben, diazolidinyl urea, phenoxetol, tetrasodium EDT

  • Resveratrol Antioxidant for Anti-aging and wrinkles
    Resveratrol B E Antioxidant
    SkinCeuticals
    $152.00

    Size: 1 fl. oz (30ml) 

    Who It's For

    Be cautious if you have sensitive skin.  Do not use if you are propylene glycol allergic.

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    The thinking behind this product is that  we know that antioxidants (especially the well formulated Vit C products) have beneficial effects on skin.  So would adding another one be even better at preventing formation of free radicals in response to UV radiation?  This one is meant to be used at night while their Phloretin CF is recommended under sunscreen in the am.   Studies on this product were done, but the study design wasn't perfect.

    Bottom Line: If you love your morning antioxidant, and get good results, try this one for use at night also.   It's not a substitute for a retinoid though.  They still are the gold standard for antiaging topicals. 

    How to Use

    Use in the evening under your retinoid or alternate it with your retinoid.  It's often wise to start a new product cautiously at first and watch for irritation.  

    Ingredients

    Aqua / Water / Eau, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Caffeine, Sodium Chloride, Peg/ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Tocopherol, Resveratrol, Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract / Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Disodium Edta

  • antioxidant, anti-aging, normal to dry skin
    Serum 20 AOX+
    SkinCeuticals
    $118.00

    Size: 1 fl. oz

    Who It's For

    This will be too irritating for some.  Use the Replenix Cream CF or Power of Three antioxidants if you can't use or don't like the vitamin C antioxidants. Normal or oily skin and anyone looking for the antiaging properties of a good antioxidant.

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    Vitamin C 20%. Very high quality in that it uses L-ascorbic acid which penetrates cells well and has been proven to protect cells from UV damage to skin cell DNA, promote more even pigment, and help with fine lines.  Start with the Replenix Cream CF or the Replenix Power of Three though if you haven't used antioxidants before.

    In Vitamin Cs the better quality products are serums or gels in a 10-20% concentration, contain L-ascorbic acid (not the Vitamin C esters), and are PH-ed to about 3.0. There are many expensive Vitamin Cs on the market that are not as good as this one here.  You should use this up in about 3-4 months.

    How to Use

    Use on cleansed skin in the morning under moisturizer and sunscreen.  It's fine to use these at night also if you are not using a retinoid then.  Using both at night is irritating for most people. 

    Ingredients

    Water, L-Ascorbic Acid, Ethoxydiglycol, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Zinc Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Ferulic Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide

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