If there is one major ingredient you need in your skincare rotation, it’s antioxidants. Especially now, in this unending rainy season. Your skin needs the protection that antioxidants offer. In an easy-to-understand analogy given by cosmetic scientist Bregha, antioxidants are little tiny molecules of soldiers that gather together to form a barrier on the surface of your skin. This barrier helps to prevent things from going in and out of your skin. What an antioxidant does is help the skin fight free radicals and oxidative stress, i.e., UV damage and environmental pollution, which make you age faster and can trigger hyperpigmentation.

According to @bregha, one of the best and most popular antioxidants is Niacinamide. The reason why niacinamide is so great is that it’s part of an elite group of ingredients called Cell Communicating Ingredients. Cell communicating ingredients, unlike most ingredients, can penetrate the epidermis of the skin and communicate with cells in your skin to perform certain tasks. Some of the tasks that niacinamide can perform for you in your skin include:

  • It can reduce the signs of skin ageing by boosting collagen production. This is because whenever any ingredient penetrates the skin, the skin responds by thickening its dermis to protect itself, and it does this by increasing collagen production. 
  • It provides deep hydration within the cells of the skin without making the surface feel greasy. This can be beneficial for people with oily skin problems, psoriasis, eczema, or rosacea. It provides some hydration for people whose conditions have something related to dehydration and dryness. Whereas for someone who has seborrheic skin or acne-prone skin, it gives the right amount of hydration to prevent excessive oil production. 
  • It can assist in fading hyperpigmentation, depending on the severity. Niacinamide in the right percentage is great at assisting other ingredients to fade hyperpigmentation. However, niacinamide alone can not completely eradicate hyperpigmentation. 
  • Niacinamide, along with lots of other antioxidants, possesses the ability to fight oxidative stress and build your skin barrier. Niacinamide can form a protective barrier to prevent water loss in your skin. People with really sensitized skin, which is a skin condition causing the skin to be prone to allergies and inflammation (a major cause of this is using harsh cosmetics that have weakened the skin’s barrier), will benefit from the qualities of niacinamide. Qualities soothing the skin with hydration and preventing inflammation by creating a protective barrier on the skin. 

There are other types of antioxidants, some of which include:

  • Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid,
  • Resveratrol – is a polyphenol found in the skin of red grapes.
  • Vitamin E, also known as tocopherol,
  • Retinol – is a vitamin A derivative.
  • Green tea

We have highlighted some skin types that can benefit from niacinamide. However, to be certain what antioxidants are best for your skin type, you should consult a dermatologist. What is beyond a reasonable doubt is that antioxidants are non-negotiable when it comes to beauty and skincare. If you haven’t already, you need to invest in them.

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