We already know that sunscreen is an integral part of the routine for any skincare junkie worth her salt – so we aren’t going to bore you by telling you its benefits. Here’s something you may not know: sunscreen alone is often not good enough to block out all the UV-induced free radicals; even the most superior broad-spectrum sunscreen in the market can only shield you from 55% of the damage at best.
What are free radicals?
Before we go on, you may be wondering: wait, what are free radicals? Free radicals are by-products of oxygen metabolism that are toxic to cells and through a process called “oxidative stress”, which “steals” energy from healthy cells, causing damage to them.
And UV rays, which we are exposed to daily inevitably, are the main culprit to releasing free radicals to skin.
Thankfully, there’s something that can completely neutralise the effect of oxidative stress: antioxidants.
The great news is that to make sure that you cover the other 45% of UV damage that sunscreen is unable to offer protection for, you can use a skincare product that is rich in antioxidants to make up for it! Use sunscreen together with an antioxidant-rich serum and you’ll be able to counteract all the negative effects of UV damage and prolong your skin’s youthfulness – sweet, huh!
How can I load up on antioxidants on my skin?
We know what you’re thinking: give me all that antioxidants that my skin needs now!
When it comes to antioxidant products, vitamin C serum is one of the most potent solutions available in the market.
Vitamin C has been proven by scientists to have the ability to stabilise free radical atoms, and in turn decrease oxidative damage. And the reason why vitamin C serums are so popular is that they’re known to help improve the complexion in multiple ways: brightening, firming, and improving skin’s bounciness.
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Our recommended holy grail
If you’ve been researching about vitamin C serums, we’re quite sure you’ll notice that one product keeps popping up: Skinceuticals C E Ferulic. This product has been raved about by many beauty enthusiasts as their holy grail.
And its holy grail status isn’t surprising. The no-nonsense brand is known for its scientific research and is the #1 U.S. Medical Aesthetics Skincare brand worldwide.
Trusted by doctors (this is why you often find them retailing at clinics!), the CE Ferulic is the product of more than 30 years of patented research.
C E Ferulic is formulated along three strict parameters:
- the use of Pure topical L-Ascorbic Acid, which is the only kind of Vitamin C that enters the skin (Vitamin C derivatives do not increase Vitamin C levels in skin!)
- 15% Vitamin C concentration, one of the highest you can find in the market. (Note: A concentration lower than 10-20% range does not provide significant increment of Vitamin C levels in skin.)
- formulated at an acidic pH below pH 3.5 for optimal vitamin C delivery
This serum is able to strengthen the skin’s natural protection from free radicals that are induced by environmental aggressors such as UVA/UVB, infrared radiation, and pollution – all of which are elements that city-dwellers are very susceptible to.
On top of its antioxidant benefits, C E Ferulic is also designed to improve the signs of ageing, photo-damage, the appearance of lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness, as well as brightening the complexion.
According to studies done on the product, when absorbed, it is able to remain effective for a minimum of 72 hours – which is more than sufficient protection considering you can use the product every day!
Recommended by dermatologists, C E Ferulic is safe to use after aesthetic procedures like chemical peeling, and is paraben-free, making it ideal for all skin types, including dry and sensitive ones.
We’ve been quite impressed after reading glowing reviews online, but these before-and-after photos were what made our eyes light up.
SkinCeuticals was previously only available in medi-spas and clinics, but the brand has since opened its first flagship store in Singapore at Tangs at Tang Plaza, so its products are made more readily available to all of us.
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