Antioxidants and ageing skin

Antioxidants are our first line of defense to stop free radical damage. So lets look at a few of the all important antioxidants to get you started.


Oxidative stress is one of the primary causes of premature ageing caused by free radical damage. It causes inflammation in the skin leading to all sorts of ageing concerns. In order to slow down the ageing process and achieve a healthy, youthful radiant complexion, we take a closer look at antioxidants focusing on using good delivery systems and treatments that can help correct, protect and maintain fabulous skin and fight against oxidative attack.

Antioxidants are our first line of defence to stop free radical damage. Chronological ageing equates to approximately 20% of ageing and extrinsic ageing influenced by external factors equates approximately 80%, which is highly controllable with a simple daily skincare routine that includes daily UVA protection, exfoliation and the use of antioxidants to stimulate collagen.

So, let's look at a few of the all-important antioxidants to get you started:

· VITAMIN C is first and foremost a premium support for collagen, it is advisable to apply it topically daily as well as taking an oral supplement. However, applying Vitamin C to the skin daily is 20 times more effective than ingesting it according to Image Skincare. When topically applied, Vitamin C provides skin rejuvenating effects by improving collagen synthesis, lightening pigmentation and protecting cells from free radical activity. 

· STEM CELLS  are the future and are the building blocks of your skin. They have a unique ability to replace damaged and diseased cells. As they divide, they can proliferate for long periods into millions of new skin cells.

· HYALURONIC ACID is not a fad ingredient, quite the contrary, it’s one of the most extraordinarily beneficial ingredients for all skin types. Simply put, hyaluronic acid has powerful anti-ageing properties and is also one of the premier hydrating ingredients for skin, even for oily, sensitive or breakout-prone skin.

· AHA'S and Retinol comes in all forms and are highly effective exfoliants, skin plumpers and skin rejuvenators. Used primarily for their antiageing benefits and for treating imperfections as well as giving a glowing skin.

· PEPTIDES technology in skin care is becoming increasingly popular. Peptides work to enhance natural processes, such as stimulating collagen production and blocking the enzymes that destroy elastin to help skin remain firmer and more radiant.  Peptides act as communicators between cells and often used to mimic botox without the use of a needle.

How do these superstar ingredients work to deliver supple, healthy-looking, and less-lined skin?

The answer is based on the science of skin and modern technologies and is truly remarkable. Amongst others, antioxidants play an important role and all work in synergy to achieve optimum skin health. These active ingredients can be layered or mixed and if used correctly can provide amazing results. However, these formulas are built upon the latest advances in technology and are proven for their efficacy in skincare.

Where do I start?

A good healthy diet is first and foremost as I believe in "we are what we eat". Secondly, start reading your labels, know what you are looking for, research the company so that you know you are purchasing good quality active ingredients and lastly seek advice from a reputable Skin Specialist.

Using good actives at home to prepare the skin is always recommended prior to embarking on any in-salon treatment. At Oslo, we offer a range of professional peelings and treatments to leave your skin firm and revitalised and to combat the effect of oxidative stress.

You can always book a consultation with one of our Skin Specialists, and they will help you start the process to a healthier and glowing skin.