Free radicals are a predominant cause of aging and must be neutralized to prevent their damaging effects. Antioxidants have the unique power to do this, making them vital for every anti-aging skincare regimen.
What Are Free Radicals?
Free radicals are reactive molecules produced by stress, pollution, poor diet, sun overexposure, and smoking. The damage collagen, destroy cell parts and inhibit the skin’s ability to repair itself leading to visible signs of aging. Antioxidants like green tea, Vitamins A, C and E, and gingko biloba neutralize free radicals and prevent their oxidative damage and negative effects to help ward off lines, wrinkles and loose and sagging skin.
Green Tea (camellia sinensis) is an antioxidant rich in polyphenols, mainly EGCG that fights free radicals and reduces inflammation, making it key for age prevention, plus sensitivity and rosacea. It can be found in the RS2 line, Micro-Retinol® Essential Toner, Eye Contour, Aqua-Gel Foaming Cleanser, Soothing After Shaving Balm, Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30, After-Sun Soothing Gel or Smooth & Tone Body-Svelt Cream.
Vitamin A and Vitamin C provide double duty for anti-aging as they fight free radicals plus stimulate collagen production.
Vitamin C helps produce and repair the skin, stimulates collagen, brightens, smoothes fine lines and helps protect the skin from damaging UV rays. Pevonia uses the latest most skin-friendly forms of Vitamin C in these products: “C” Complexe with Oxyzomes, lumablanc® Cream, “C” Évolutive Eye Gel, Rejuvenating Dry Skin Cream and Timeless Repair Cream, Age-Defying Myoxy-Caviar® Balm, and Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30.
Vitamin A, usually in the form of retinol, fights free radicals and enhances skin cellular performance and turnover, which improves fine lines, wrinkles, loss of elasticity and uneven skin tone. Pevonia® through intensive research developed Micro-Retinol®, which is the most stable, skin friendly and effective form of retinol to better combat aging and sun damage. It is found in the Micro-Retinol® Essential Foaming Cleanser, Micro-Retinol® Essential Toner, Micro-Retinol® Essential Serum, and Micro-Retinol® Essential Moisturizer, and more. See Fighting Skin Aging and Sun Damage with Retinol article for more information.
Vitamin E repairs, fights free radicals, moisturizes, nourishes, prevents water loss (TEWL), soothes and heals, plus protects cell membranes. It also helps boost the action of Vitamin C, which is necessary for skin’s health and functioning. Vitamin E, as naturally sourced tocopherol and tocopheryl acetate, can be found in these age-fighting products: Rejuvenating Dry Skin Cream, Vitaminic Concentrate, “C” Complexe with Oxyzomes, Évolutive Eye Cream, Renewing Glycocides® Cream, Timeless Repair Cream, Timeless Eye Contour, Stem Cells Phyto-Elite® Intensive Cream, Micro-Retinol® line, lumablanc® Cream, lumafirm® Body Moisturizer – Firm & Glow, Hydrating Toner, Marine Collagen Cream, Refining Marine d.n.a. Cream, Eye Contour, Age-Defying Myoxy-Caviar® Balm and Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30.
Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract is another soothing antioxidant that also reduces congestion and puffiness, and is found in the “C” Évolutive Eye Gel, Enzymo-Sphérides® Peeling Cream and Refining Marine d.n.a. Cream.
For a bigger antioxidant boost, any of following professional Pevonia treatments will add incredible benefits to any skin regimen: Micro-Retinol® Essential Treatment, Myoxy-Caviar® Mask Treatment, Anti-Free Radicals Mask Treatment, Luminous “C” & “Sea”® Mask Treatment or a customized facial with the Aromatherapy Face Oil – Dry, Devitalized Skin or Aromatherapy Face Oil – Sensitive Skin, Vitamin “C” with Oxyzomes or Rejuvenating Vitaminic Concentrate Ampoules followed by the Lightening Mask or Myoxy-Caviar® Mask and lumafirm® Body Treatment.