We recently brought on several of the Revision Skincare products including their Vitamin C+ serum. This got a discussion going about the differences among our Vitamin C and antioxidant products. We often have clients ask which is the better product....but really it comes down to what issues you want to target and what skin type you have.
Why do you need an antioxidant? Simply put, antioxidants neutralize free radicals which damage your skin and contribute to the signs of aging. Free radicals cause damage to cells, proteins and DNA and this damage can appear as changes in skin color, weakened or saggy skin, and wrinkles. Antioxidants neutralize the free radicals and help protect and prevent from further environmental damage.
Benefits of antioxidants in general:
Help speed up the skin's natural repair process
Inhibit further damage from UV rays
Act as a preventative for further sun damage
Help your skin heal faster after laser or microneedling procedures
Help prevent sunburns
The antioxidants we carry are:
Skin Ceuticals CE Ferulic, Phloretin CF + Silymarin CF
Skin Better’s Alto
Revision’s Vitamin C+ Correcting Complex
Which product is the right one for you?
CE FERULIC (Skin Ceuticals)
Features a synergistic antioxidant combination of 15% pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), 1% vitamin E, and 0.5% ferulic acid to enhance protection against environmental damage caused by free radicals. C E Ferulic is now proven to reduce combined oxidative damage generated by UVA/UVB rays, ozone pollution, and diesel engine exhaust by up to 41%.
It is good for:
Is effective for 72 hours without reapplying
Protects again UVA, UVB and infrared radiation A, making it a great compliment to SPF
PHLORETIN CF (Skin Ceuticals)
Phloretin is highly effective at improving skin clarity, so this is great for those of you with hyper-pigmentation. It also reduces inflammation in the skin that is caused by environmental toxins.
It is good for:
Dramatically reduce pigmentation issues
Even skin tone
SILYMARIN CF (Skin Ceuticals)
An oil-free vitamin C serum formulated specifically for oily and blemish-prone skin types. It aims to target the underlying causes of acne (including oxidative stress).
Silymarin CF combines 0.5% silymarin (milk thistle extract), 15% l-ascorbic acid, 0.5% ferulic acid and 0.5% salicylic acid to help prevent oil oxidation that can lead to breakouts, and visible signs of aging.
It is good for:
Oily and problematic or acneic skin
Provide advanced antioxidant protection from environmental aggressors
Prevent oil oxidation that can lead to breakouts
Minimize pore appearance and refine skin texture
Improve skin clarity, radiance, and uneven skin tone
Improve the appearance of fine lines
ALTO DEFENSE SERUM (Skin Better Science)
Unlike the Skin Ceuticals serums, this one is in an airtight pump and the consistency is more like a cream than a true serum. It boasts 19 antioxidant ingredients for some serious antioxidant protection. It is appropriate for all skin types but is perfect for those with redness or rosacea. Allure Magazine recently featured Alto: “Its impressive medley of antioxidants — vitamins C and E, coenzyme Q10, grape seed extract, cocoa, turmeric, green tea, coffee, superoxide dismutase and more — [work] in synergy to provide skin with a sort of blanket protection. This combination alone is considered ‘somewhat of a milestone for antioxidants.”
Enhance skin vitality and radiance
Promotes an even skin tone
Reduces appearance of redness
Brightens the skin
C+ CORRECTING COMPLEX (Revision Skincare)
This product is all about brightening. It is contains their MelaPATH technology that illuminates, refines, and rejuvenates. C+ Correcting Complex 30% defends and corrects the skin-damaging effects of free radicals generated by environmental stressors including visible light (HEV or blue light).
Brightens and evens the appearance of skin tone
Helps to support the skin’s natural production of Vitamins C and E
Improves the appearance of fine lines
Supports the skin’s Microbiome with prebiotic technology
Take-home point: start using one of these antioxidants and you will find yourself looking better quickly: firmer skin, glowing skin, clearer skin…it’s a no brainer. Be sure to pair your antioxidants with a physical sunscreen (like Elta MD) for the perfect blend of sun protection, skin repair, and skin health!