antioxidant serums

Purpose:

  • to boost protection from solar radiation during daylight hours
  • used in conjunction with the usual sun protection, i.e. sunscreen + clothing + sunglasses + hat + seeking shade
  • and supplemented by non-topical, ingested antioxidants: fruit & veg. Not that I need an excuse for more soft red fruits, cherries, and blueberries, all of which are currently in season here; and being a veggie, much of my food is plants anyway

Other criteria:

  • not irritating on skin
  • free of my irritation and/or breakout triggers: cyclomethicone, fragrance, aloe vera (unless tiny amount), ragweed family (ditto), most of the formaldehyde-releasing preservative group (also worth avoiding for environmentalist reasons), and a bunch of others with which I won’t bore you
  • cruelty-free
  • not insanely expensive: after all, using this every day on all exposed body parts…

Used so far, in chronological order:

  1. rosehip seed oil
  2. witch-hazel hydrosol / distillate (the alcohol-free, water-base sort)
  3. pycnogenol serum
  4. serums containing a fair amount of white tea, tamarind, and other extracts
  5. vitamin C serums
  6. “fruit cocktail” multiple-antioxidant serums
  7. the hard-hitters: serums heavy on the green tea, white tea, grape extract, and/or resveratrol

What I’ve been using over this summer:

  • witch-hazel hydrosol (Garden of Wisdom):
    at least once a day, I use this in the evening as a lazy way to clean my face; often also in the morning, as a quick splash
    INGREDIENTS: water, hamamelis virginiana (witch-hazel)
  • Silk Naturals Vitamin C Peptide serum:
    late spring and occasionally in the summer
    INGREDIENTS: Distilled Water, Tamarind Seed Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, White Tea Extract, Hydroxypropyl starch phosphate, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate, Panthenol
  • Topix Replenix Power of Three serum: great stuff, but I simply can’t afford to use this on all exposed skin. Not that I’m wandering around in a string bikini, you understand: mainly hands, feet, forearms, legs up to knees. But that’s still quite a large expanse of moi to cover.
    INGREDIENTS: Purified Water, Caffeine U.S.P., Sclerotium Gum, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Polyphenols, Sodium Hyaluronate, Resveratrol, Bisabolol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria / German chamomile) Flower Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Polysorbate-20, Sodium Benzoate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.
  • UNSUCCESSFUL EXPERIMENT
    A 1:2 mix of Garden of Wisdom Concord Grape Antioxidant Serum + Matcha Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Serum: tested (split-self: this on the left-hand side, Replenix on the right) to see how it competes with Po3. Worked for under a week before irritation started (corner of nose, chest, shoulders, upper back). Using it up on non-reacting bits of limbs: tops of feet, legs, forearms.
    Results so far (aside from irritation): well, obviously it’s too early to tell any difference in skin. The major con so far is the smell of the Concord grape. I like grapes, but loathe the smell and taste of the Concord variety. Trying to balance out diminishing that through using a lower concentration, with using enough of it to get enough of the grape extract and resveratrol.
    VERDICT: FAIL.
    INGREDIENTS: water, camellia sinensis (green tea), sodium hyaluronate, vitis labrusca (Concord grape) extract, resveratrol, lecithin, l-carnosine, caprylic glycol, phenoxyethanol.

I se(e) rum!

Aaaand because this blog is all about gratuitous geeking-out as much as it about anything else, and geekishness is exactly the kind of folly that jolly well ought to be praised: on to some geekery. Herewith some antioxidant serums in greater detail and further particulars:

1. ROSEHIP SEED OIL

2. WITCH HAZEL

3. PYCNOGENOL SERUM

4. WHITE TEA, TAMARIND, ETC. SERUMS

5. VITAMIN C SERUMS

6. MULTIPLE-ANTIOXIDANT SERUMS

I see more rum! in this case: + grape + tea

7. HARD-HITTERS: TEA + GRAPE + RESVERATROL SERUMS

8. ABOVE AND BEYOND

I see rum, icy rum, and rum ice-cream; and with grape extracts too.

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