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How to Incorporate an Antioxidant Serum in Your Regimen

Discover why incorporating an antioxidant serum into your skincare routine is essential for protecting skin against environmental damage and achieving a youthful complexion.

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  • Antioxidant serums help protect the skin from environmental damage and neutralize free radicals, which can cause premature aging.
  • C E Ferulic® provides advanced environmental protection, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and brightens the skin.
  • Phloretin CF is ideal for those with discoloration and uneven skin tone, as it improves the appearance of these concerns while offering antioxidant protection.
  • Silymarin CF is suitable for those with oily and blemish-prone skin as it reduce oil oxidation and the formation of blemishes.
  • Incorporating an antioxidant serum into your skincare routine is proven to enhance the overall health and appearance of skin, protecting it from environmental damage and promoting a more youthful complexion.

Antioxidant skin care is the foundation of any SkinCeuticals routine, and this essential step is paramount for maintaining and enhancing the health and appearance of the skin. With day and nighttime antioxidant products for normal, dry, oily, combination, and sensitive skin, it’s easy to incorporate scientifically proven environmental protection into any routine. Combining powerful antioxidant protection with advanced corrective products and effective sun protection provides a comprehensive approach as well as optimal skincare results for all skin types and concerns.

What Do Antioxidants Do for Skin?

Antioxidant skin care helps neutralize free radicals, which are unstable molecules that are generated by UV rays, pollution, and lifestyle factors such as smoking and alcohol consumption. Free radicals cause damage to cells within the skin and without antioxidant protection free-radical damage can contribute to visible signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and loss of skin firmness.

Science has proven the benefits of using antioxidants for skin protection against damage caused by free radicals and other environmental factors—and SkinCeuticals antioxidant serums are specially designed and clinically proven to provide advanced protection from environmental aging. Daily use of antioxidant skin care provides both short- and long-term benefits for the outward appearance of the skin.

What is Retinol?

SkinCeuticals has devoted decades to studying antioxidant skin care science, which is why antioxidant protection is the cornerstone of our approach to skin. Our research has established the formulation parameters necessary for an effective vitamin C antioxidant skin care serum, including pH, concentration, and the form of vitamin C used. The purest, most widely studied, and most effective is l-ascorbic acid. SkinCeuticals only uses l-ascorbic acid in its vitamin C serum offerings, as research has shown it provides an exceptional level of protection against free-radical damage caused by environmental assaults like UV rays, infrared radiation (IRA), pollution, and lifestyle factors. This specific form of vitamin C has also been shown to deliver additional benefits such as improving the appearance of signs of aging such as wrinkles, skin laxity, and skin discoloration.

How to incorporate antioxidant protection into your skincare regimen

Morning and evening skincare routines offer opportunities to help shield the skin from environmental damage. SkinCeuticals offers several vitamin C serum options that provide daytime protection against free radicals.

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C E Ferulic®

This award-winning combination antioxidant features 15% pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), 1% vitamin E (alpha tocopherol), and 0.5% ferulic acid for proven environmental protection and improvement in the appearance of photodamage, fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness, and overall skin brightness.

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Phloretin CF

Formulated with 10% pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), 2% phloretin, and 0.5% ferulic acid, this synergistic antioxidant blend has been shown to improve the appearance of fine lines, discoloration, and uneven skin tone.

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Silymarin CF

Designed specifically for oily and acne-prone skin, this formula features 0.5% silymarin (milk thistle extract), 15% vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), 0.5% ferulic acid, and 0.5% salicylic acid to help prevent oil oxidation that can lead to breakouts and protect against environmental damage that contributes to visible signs of aging.

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Resveratrol B E

Nighttime offers an additional chance to neutralize free radicals. Resveratrol B E is a first-of-its-kind overnight treatment combines 1% pure resveratrol, 0.5% baicalin, and 1% vitamin E to support the skin’s natural antioxidant defenses while enhancing the appearance of radiance and the feeling of skin firmness.

These day and night antioxidants for skin protection are appropriate for daily use and are formulated to work in synergy with other SkinCeuticals products for optimal results. For comprehensive environmental protection, it’s best to use antioxidant skin care in conjunction with a broad-spectrum sunscreen. SkinCeuticals offers several advanced sun-protection options for all skin types, including formulations that are designed to improve the appearance of discoloration and provide effective UV protection for those with active lifestyles.

SkinCeuticals corrective serums are formulated to address specific skin concerns while further customizing and enhancing any skincare routine. These science-driven skin solutions support the skin protection and visible improvement that are achieved with daily use of antioxidant skin care and sunscreen.

Question: How should I incorporate antioxidant skin care into my routine?

Answer: Apply a SkinCeuticals topical vitamin C serum every morning after cleansing. Follow with serum(s), moisturizer, and broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Skincare Routine Inspiration

An effective skincare routine requires multiple steps, and layering the appropriate products is key for addressing specific concerns while promoting healthy-looking skin. Here are a few of the most common skin concerns along with the SkinCeuticals antioxidant skin care, targeted corrective serum treatments, and sun protection options that comprise a comprehensive, results-driven skincare routine.

Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Prevent: C E Ferulic®
Correct: Retexturing Activator, Retinol, A.G.E. Interrupter Advanced
Protect: Physical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50


Prevent: Phloretin CF
Correct: LHA Cleansing Gel, Discoloration Defense, Phyto A+ Brightening Treatment
Protect: Physical Fusion UV Defense

Dry Skin

Prevent: C E Ferulic®
Correct: H.A. Intensifier, Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2
Protect: Physical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50, Sheer Physical UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50, or Physical Fusion UV Defense

Oily or Acne-prone Skin

Prevent: Silymarin CF
Correct: LHA Serum, Clarifying Clay Masque, Retinol
Protect: Physical Matte UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50

Sensitive Akin

Prevent: Serum 10 AOX+
Correct: Phyto Corrective Gel, Epidermal Repair, Phyto Corrective Essence Mist
Protect: Sheer Physical UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50


Prevent: C E Ferulic®
Correct: Retexturing Activator, Retinol, Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2
Protect: Physical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50

To create the ideal skincare routine that includes antioxidants for skin protection, targeted treatments for your unique skin concerns, and daily sun protection, use our online Routine Finder, visit one of our SkinCeuticals SkinLab locations, or schedule an appointment with a SkinCeuticals Skincare Professional for a one-on-one consultation.

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