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Why SPF and antioxidants are a match made in heaven

Why SPF and antioxidants are a match made in heaven
Team LF
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By now, we all know the importance of wearing SPF each and every day.

Protecting your skin against sun is essential to the overall health and appearance of your skin. Damaged caused by UVA and UVB rays can result in the formation of dark spots on your skin, uneven texture and can even cause the formation of fine lines and wrinkles on your complexion, accentuating the early signs of ageing.

Recently, with growing concern around the impacts of air pollution on our skin, many have suggested wearing SPF alone is not enough to completely protect your skin and keep your complexion looking youthful and radiant.

Incorporating antioxidants into your routine may just be what you need to offer complete protection from environmental aggressors to your skin. Acting almost as a booster for your SPF, antioxidants offer an active level of protection, fighting the impacts of free radicals on your skin.

Why are antioxidants good for the skin?

Put simply, antioxidants are a way of boosting our natural immunity to sun damage and boosting the protection offered by our SPF. Most effective in the form of a serum in order to penetrate the skin most effectively, antioxidants counteract free radiacals produced by many SPF products as they absorb UV rays.

As free radicals are responsible for dullness, redness and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles, using an antioxdiant serum to minmise their damage is essential if you long for a glowing, youthful complexion.

Find your perfect SPF + antioxidant combination

We've pared together our favourite SPF products and antioxidant serums to help you find your perfect product combination for the summer months. Apply both each and every day to protect your skin from the effects of air pollution and UVA and UVB rays.

Dry skin

Look after and protect dry and sensitive skin types with the C E Ferulic Serum and the Ultra Facial UV Defense SPF 50 from SkinCeuticals. The C E Ferulic Serum protects your skin against environmental aggressors and delivers unparalleled anti-ageing benefits. The potent Vitamin C serum is made of 15% L-Absorbic Acid, 1% Vitamin E and 0.5% Ferulic Acid to protect your skin without drying it out, enveloping your skin in a protective veil.

Follow with the Ultra Facial UV Defense SPF 50 to prevent UVA and UVB damage. The moisturising formula glides over the skin, leaving your complexion hydrated and protected.

Together, the C E Ferulic Serum and the Ultra Facial UV Defense give you the upmost protection whilst hydrating your skin.

Oily skin

If you battle with oil and sebum production in the warmer months, opt for the Phloretin CF Serum together with the Sheer Mineral UV Defense SPF50 from SkinCeuticals.

The Phloretin CF Serum protects your skin and keeps your complexion balanced all day long. Enriched with a potent combination of 2% Phloretin, 10% L-Absorbic Acid and 0.5% Ferulic Acid, the Phloretin CF Serum helps to neutralise free radical attacks and reinfornces your skin's natural protective functions.

Follow up with the Sheer Mineral UV Defense SPF50 to mattify your skin whilst protecting it against harmful rays. The silky formula blends smoothly onto the skin without leaving any sort of cast making it perfect for every day wear.

If your skin is on the oily side, the Phloretin CF Serum and the Sheer Mineral UV Defense are your perfect go-to products in the warmer months.

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