The 8 best antioxidants to protect your skin from the sun in 2019

Posted on 15/01/2019

The 8 best antioxidants to protect your skin from the sun in 2019 name

We are constantly reminding our clients of how damaging UV is for our skin, and how to avoid sun exposure as much as possible. Sun damage can cause permanent DNA changes to the skin cell, which - at best - can accelerate aging,  and - at worst - cause skin cancer. 


To reduce your chances of developing accelerated aging – showing up as dry and dehydrated skin, fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and uneven skin texture – as well as an increased risk of skin cancer, we recommend the following suggestions:


  • Use good quality sunscreens that contain antioxidants and are appropriate for the activity you are doing or lifestyle that you lead
  • Reapply your sunscreen at least every 2 hours
  • Wear wide brimmed hats
  • Limit your sun exposure
  • Use an antioxidant-rich serum

Many antioxidants occur naturally in the skin as one of our natural defence mechanisms. They are also responsible for aiding in many physiological functions. Exposure to UV radiation (UVR) from the sun can break down these antioxidants by between 26-93%, leaving the skin extremely vulnerable to DNA damage and disabling its ability to function normally.

Here are 8 antioxidants to include in your regime both topically and orally.

  1. Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C): 


Vitamin C is a  strong antioxidant which reduces existing damage to the cells.

Stimulates collagen-producing activity in the dermis (active part) of the skin to strengthen skin.

Offers photoprotection – the biochemical process that helps skin protect itself from sunlight at a molecular level.


  1. Vitamin E: 


Vitamin E is anti-inflammatory, and complements the photoprotective effects of other antioxidants.

Vitamin E also has properties which stabilise the skin barrier, helping reduce skin damage and reducing water loss from the skin that leads to dehydration.


  1. Lycopene:   


Protects against UV light-induced erythema (redness).


  1. Carotenoids: 


Offer photoprotection.

Reduces UV light-induced erythema and damaging free radicals.


  1. Retinoids (Vitamin A):


Reverses damage to the DNA while increasing the production of ‘good’ collagen (Collagen Type 1) and reduces the effects of skin aging due to sun damage (called photoageing).


  1. Coenzyme Q10:


Prevents photoaging, protects against the death of the skin cells due to free radical damage (also called oxidative stress) and enhances the function of skin cells in both the dermis (active layer of the skin) and epidermis (outer protective layer of the skin).


  1. Resveratrol:


Highly potent antioxidant – great for adding hydration and glow to the skin.


  1. Niacinamide:


Protects skin cell DNA which helps reduce against further fine lines and wrinkles, and is anti-inflammatory to reduce decolouration and redness.


Handy hint: If you accidentally do get sunburned, use an antioxidant rich cream or serum and apply lavishly over your sunburned skin for the next 24-48 hours. Using antioxidant serums on a daily basis may also help protect your skin from sunburn more than if you didn’t use regular antioxidants. For example, Vitamin C is active in your skin for up to 36 hours after application, and gives you the equivalent of an SPF 8. We still recommend you use sunscreen as well, especially in NZ, but every little bit helps!

Here are my favourite antioxidant-rich products to keep you covered this summer (the products labeled with a * can only be purchased if you have been prescribed them by a Medical Skin Therapist during a skin assessment within the last year at TFP - those without a * can be purchased through our online store without needing a client login). 


1) Cosmedix Elite Pepoxide 

2) Environ Antioxidant gel 

3) *Environ Youth Essentia Intensive serum and Defence crème

4) *Aspect Dr Multi B serum

5) *Aspect Dr Active C serum

6) Cosmedix Peptide Defence (Sunscreen) - liposomal sunscreen for longer defence, loaded with peptides and antioxidants

7) Environ Rad (Sunscreen)

8) Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection (Sunscreen) - a great way to reapply over make up with its powder formulation attached to an easy to apply brush with high amounts of zinc and titanium. 


From your Skin Team Leader, 






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