In recent years, antioxidants have become increasingly popular in the skincare industry since they have numerous benefits for skin health. Therefore, it is imperative to understand what antioxidants are, their benefits, and how to use them.

What are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants protect your body against damage caused by harmful molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals are formed in your body naturally as a result of metabolism or from exposure to environmental factors like pollution, UV radiation (sun exposure), and cigarette smoke. Antioxidants help neutralize these free radicals and prevent them from causing damage to your skin and other organs.
Some of the most well-known antioxidants include:

Vitamin C

This antioxidant can help brighten the skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and improve skin texture and tone. Vitamin C has anti-aging properties and aids in tissue regeneration and collagen production.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E helps protect the skin from sun damage caused by UV rays and environmental pollutants. It can also help moisturize the skin and create a protective skin barrier.

Green Tea Extract

Green tea extract is a natural ingredient that is full of vitamin E and vitamin B12. It tones, exfoliates and moisturizes the skin. Green tea can help treat acne and skin inflammation.


This antioxidant is found in grapes and can help protect the skin from damage caused by UV rays and environmental pollutants. It’s a great choice for people with eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.

Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 stimulates collagen and elastin production and creates a protective barrier against damaging free radicals. The antioxidant properties in this ingredient minimize fine lines and wrinkles and brighten the skin.


This vitamin A derivative can help stimulate collagen production and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. High-quality Retin A can only be found in prescription, medical-grade skincare products.


Niacinamide (vitamin B3) stimulates collagen and elastin production to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and improve the appearance of surface imperfections. It can be especially helpful for people with severe inflammatory acne.


Curcumin helps protect the skin against damage caused by free radicals and environmental stressors. It can also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

How Should I Use Antioxidants?

Antioxidants work best when applied in the morning to protect the skin from damage caused by UV radiation and pollution throughout the day. They are found in serums, moisturizers, sunscreen, and oils.  Antioxidants can be more effective when combined with other active ingredients like hyaluronic acid or salicylic acid. These combinations can help to address multiple skin concerns at once.

Quality Skincare in Salt Lake City, Utah

Antioxidants are a powerful tool for promoting healthy skin and protecting against environmental damage. Set up a consultation with Dr. Austin Cope at Cope Cosmetic Dermatology to discuss your options for skincare customized to your specific needs and cosmetic goals.

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Restoration, not augmentation. That’s the Cope Cosmetic Dermatology philosophy when it comes to skincare. As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Cope guides his patients to the best skin of their lives. A big believer in daily habits and routines, he knows what works and what doesn’t. Dermatology and skin care can be very confusing and complicated. He loves to simplify and teach his patients about what really works. He creates customized plans and accountability to deliver the best results possible.