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Prevent and Protect: Why Sunscreen isn’t Enough for Optimal Skin Protection

Prevent and Protect: Why Sunscreen isn’t Enough for Optimal Skin Protection

The experts from SkinCeuticals are here to explain why everyone needs a topical antioxidant product to accompany their daily sunscreen.

The skin is exposed to an array of environmental factors each and every day, both indoors and out. These often invisible skin-damaging factors contribute to visible signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness and skin discoloration—and they all have one thing in common; they all generate free radicals. Find out which types of environmental factors can damage skin and which SkinCeuticals topical vitamin C serums can help counteract them.

Protect your skin from environmental factors.

Sun damage has been proven to lead to visible skin aging. UV rays generate free radicals as well, and sunscreen only shields the skin from 55% of these damaging molecules. Ground-level ozone, which forms when sunlight reacts with the chemicals in the air, is another source of free radicals that depletes the skin’s natural antioxidant levels. Pollution such as diesel engine exhaust is also a concern, as the skin is easily exposed during everyday activities like running outside or even sitting in traffic.

A new SkinCeuticals study examined the effects of these environmental factors combined, similar to what the skin would experience in a typical urban environment. This groundbreaking research found that signs of oxidative stress caused by free radicals from all three of these sources was significantly higher than a combination of just two (or one alone)—and revealed that SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic, a potent antioxidant serum, reduces markers of free-radical damage due to UV light, ozone and pollution within the skin by up to 41%.

It's important to neutralize free radicals with a topical antioxidant and protect the skin against UV rays with sunscreen daily. Together, these two products are proven to reduce and prevent the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration caused by exposure to sunlight and pollution. The good news is, there’s a SkinCeuticals antioxidant and sunscreen for every skin type, lifestyle and preference.

Prevent damage with topical vitamin C antioxidant serums.

Board-certified dermatologist and LovelySkin founder and CEO says,

"SkinCeuticals is one of my favorite lines as it was developed by a giant in our dermatology field, Dr. Sheldon Pinnell, the former chairman of Duke University Dermatology Department. Since its development, it has gone on to receive numerous awards and distinctions, but the most important one is that the line is still incredibly relevant in 2020 and beyond. Its antioxidant potential (and especially SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic) is incredible and it simply works. It is one of our top selling products and one that delivers."

SkinCeuticals offers topical vitamin C antioxidant serums for both the entire face as well as the eye area. Every offering is formulated according to specific parameters that more than thirty years of research have proven to be necessary for optimal performance, including a specific form of vitamin C called L-ascorbic acid in a concentration of 10-20% at a low (acidic) pH.

Among the SkinCeuticals antioxidant serum stand-outs for fighting free radicals are:

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic: This award-winning, dermatologist-recommended antioxidant serum features 15% L-ascorbic acid, 1% alpha tocopherol (vitamin E) and 0.5% ferulic acid to improve the appearance of lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness while brightening the complexion.

Serums. SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic

SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF: This clinically proven daily topical antioxidant formula helps reduce the look of discoloration, fine lines and uneven skin tone with 10% L-ascorbic acid, 2% phloretin and 0.5% ferulic acid.

Serums. SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF

SkinCeuticals AOX+ Eye Gel: Designed to provide a high level of environmental protection in a unique serum-in-a-gel texture, this eye-area topical antioxidant features L-ascorbic acid, phloretin and ferulic acid in a gentle yet effective formula created specifically for delicate skin around the eyes.

Serums. SkinCeuticals AOX+ Eye Gel

Protect skin with dermatologist-approved, broad-spectrum sunscreens.

All SkinCeuticals daily sunscreens provide broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays to help protect against accelerated skin aging. With formulations for all skin types including sensitive skin and post-procedure use, the top picks include:

SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50: Ideal for normal to oily skin with uneven tone and texture, this 100%-mineral tinted sunscreen features a weightless mousse texture.

Sunscreen. SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50

SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50: A 100%-mineral tinted fluid, this daily sunscreen is suitable for all skin types and instantly helps improve the appearance of uneven skin tone.

Sunscreen. SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50

SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50: This translucent fluid offers 100%-mineral broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection for all skin types without leaving behind a white cast.

Sunscreen. SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50

SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50: Formulated specifically for the delicate eye area, this 100%-mineral sunscreen features a universal tint to help even out skin tone in a non-migrating formula that has been proven to be safe for use after injectable treatments.

Sunscreen. SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50

Check out this blog to take a closer look at SkinCeuticals and find out why their products are so beloved by dermatologists everywhere.

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