This week the questions concern antioxidants. They seem to be everywhere and in every type of beauty product:
Question 1— Which is more important for anti-aging skin care- antioxidants or Retin A?
Answer — These two wrinkle fighters work in different ways. Antioxidants act to reverse cellular damage caused by UV rays. Retin A works by returning skin cell growth to youthful levels, promotes exfoliation of old tired skin cells and encourages growth of new strong collagen. Its not a matter of which is better– you really need them both, especially in the long sunny summer days. What’s really good news that they are an excellent tag team for reversing skin aging. Each offers unique benefits and they don’t interfere with each other. At night top your Retin A with an antioxidant rich moisturizer. During the day, anti0xidants in a sunscreen add extra protection.
Question 2– There are so many antioxidants– which one should I choose?
Answer 2– Green tea, soy, alpha lipoic acid, coenzymeQ10, vitamin A, vitamin C, coffee berry, and idebone– how is a girl to choose? You don’t have to. We need different types of antioxidants to deal with different types of free radicals. It makes good sense to combine different types of these age- fighters in a skin care product, and you can use different formulations at night and in the morning. Another way to get full advantage of antioxidant benefits is to switch off products. For example use a night cream with coffee berry on Monday, Wenesday and Friday and another moisturizer with CoQ10 on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. That being said, studies have shown that vitamin C and vitamin C are especially powerful and work even better when used together.