I'm 30 years old. I keep hearing about antioxidants in skin care products, but I'm not sure if I need to use them. What are antioxidants, and should someone in their 30's use antioxidants?
To make it really easy to understand, antioxidants prevent and actually repair damage to your skin caused by free radicals such as the sun, pollution and smoke. All of these things cause your skin to show signs of aging, such as wrinkles and discoloration. By using products with antioxidants such as serums and moisturizers, you're skin is soaking in the antioxidants to protect your skin.
Because you're just starting your 30's this is a great time to add antioxidants to your skin care regime. You'll get a head start on the aging process that's to come in the next decade. Stick with products that you don't wash off. Serums in particular are a great way to get antioxidants into your skin because they sink a bit deeper into your skin's layers than a moisturizer. If you have oily or combination skin, a serum may be all you need to get the moisture needed. If you have dry or normal skin, you may want to add another moisturizer to your face after your serum sinks in.