Look out for "antioxidant-washing" As eco beauty products grow in popularity, "green washing" has become a hot topic. Companies have been known to make a product appear natural when it's loaded with preservatives and harmful chemicals. Now, there are similar marketing lies happening with antioxidants. Ingredients like green tea and vitamin C are being added to everything from moisturizers to hair masks. That's not to say that they don't have some benefits -- for example, both green tea and vitamin C can help reduce inflammation -- but don't assume that they're going to protect you from sun damage.
When you're choosing an antioxidant to wear underneath your sunscreen, opt for five to six drops of serum, and let it absorb completely before applying your sunscreen. Baumann suggests looking for a combination of vitamin C, vitamin E, and ferulic acid, and says the vitamin C and E pairing is key -- the E helps to stabilize the C and give it a longer shelf life. And the rule of thumb according to most derms is to pick a product that contains more than one antioxidant ingredient.
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