Skincare Tip #8: Antioxidant Urban Legends

Posted by Dr. Julia Tzu on 11/10/2013 to Dr. Tzu's Skincare Tips
Skincare Tips: Antioxidant Urban Legends

People love antioxidants because they promote health and wellness. While true, there are a number of misconceptions regarding its use.

Myth 1: If I use antioxidants, I don’t need sunscreen.

While antioxidants confer mild sun protection by quenching the damage from UV rays, they should not be used in place of the more powerful sunscreen. Instead, the more optimal approach is to use it in combination with sunscreen for added protection.

Myth2: I can make my own antioxidant skin products more organically from fresh fruit and vegetables.

While antioxidant intake from natural foods is ideal, topical application of antioxidants may not help the skin and can potentially lead to problems.

A number of antioxidants, such as vitamin C, are unstable and in a form that cannot be easily absorbed into the skin. Professional skincare chemists that design topical vitamin C make the compound stable and deliverable into the skin. Self-made topical solutions from fruit or vegetables can also be irritating and can cause unwanted sunburns in the area of application.

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