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Free Radicals & Antioxidants....What and Why?

Sam Murton

Posted on September 28 2018

Free radicals are something that you’ve probably heard loads when it comes to skincare. We know they’re bad, but what on earth are they, why are they bad for our skin and how can antioxidants help?

Essentially, free radicals are molecules whose electrons have split into single atoms and are no longer part of a pair, making them unstable. Because they want to remain a pair, they go off in search of a new partner, attacking healthy cells to try and gain another electron.

This causes damage to the healthy cell and when it comes to your skin, can cause accelerated signs of ageing, lines and wrinkles due to a break down of the skin’s collagen and elastin. They can also cause pigmentation and broken blood vessels - obviously this is not at all good!

Unfortunately, it’s hard escaping them, as they exist in the air all around us and in our bodies and are caused by many factors such as pollution, smoke and the sun.

In short, free radicals, not great for your skin. That’s where our superheroes, antioxidants come in.

Antioxidants are found naturally in the body and the skin, such as Q10, and they act to neutralise free radicals before they reach the healthy cell, preventing the damage. In effect, the antioxidant takes the place of the electron that would otherwise have been stolen. Viola, thanks antioxidant!

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We’re such a fan of antioxidants that 7 of our 15 products contain them: 

Vitamin C 

A powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from environmental stress AND brightens and evens skin tone. Something we recommend to everyone.


Naturally found in the skin, a powerful antioxidant that can also help tackle signs of ageing


Rich in antioxidants it can protect the eye area from free radicals that may make dark circles more pronounced


Full of natural antioxidants and also has anti-inflammatory properties


Naturally rich in fatty acids and a nourishing boost for all skin types. We also added green tea extract as an added antioxidant boost in the formulation.

Rosehip Oil

Nourishing, rich in fatty acids AND antioxidants 

Zinc Oxide

As a mineral sunscreen offers SPF50 and antioxidant properties for skin protection


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