The Anti-Aging Ingredient More Important Than Sunscreen
SPF is your best weapon in the fight against aging, right? Maybe not. New research shows that antioxidants in skin care may have sunscreen beat
But here's the thing: We were wrong. SPF is not enough to protect you from sun damage. Sunscreens block UVA and UVB rays, but those rays only account for seven percent of solar energy. New research finds that infrared radiation, which makes up 54 percent of solar energy, also causes aging -- and it might even be worse than UV rays. While there is no product that can totally guard you from infrared radiation, studies show that antioxidants in skin care may help.
More and more dermatologists and skin care experts now recommend wearing an antioxidant serum and a sunscreen -- and many of them believe the antioxidant is the more important half of the duo. "I rarely wear sunscreen anymore," said Stuart Leitch, assistant vice president of marketing at SkinCeuticals, while sitting at a table of shocked beauty editors. "I get more protection from my antioxidant serum."
Skip ahead to find out more about the antioxidants you should be using.
Leitch explained that he does wear SPF when he knows he's going to be outside -- and most dermatologists still suggest sticking with the combination of an antioxidant serum followed by a sunscreen. The problem, however, is that most patients skip that antioxidant step because there's so much confusion about antioxidants: What are they? What do antioxidants do? Does it matter which one you choose? We're answering these questions and more -- because adding an antioxidant to your skin care regimen might just be the most important thing you do to fight aging.
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