What Are Antioxidants in Skincare?

Brittan Bates

Global Brand Storytelling

3 min read

Skincare Education

Discover the benefits of antioxidants in skincare.


Antioxidants are one of the true heroes of skincare—and for good reason. While steadily gaining more popularity in recent years with improved skin science and knowledge, we’ve been consistent fans of the powerful molecules for their essential role in fighting early visible signs of aging by protecting, preventing, and restoring skin from the harmful effects of external stressors.

What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are molecules that protect your skin from the harmful effects of free radicals and environmental aggressors. Our skin is continuously exposed to external factors—UV rays, pollution, blue light, smoke, and stress—that can wreak havoc on skin, causing oxidative damage which leads to premature signs of aging. Antioxidants are essential to maintaining skin health and slowing down signs of skin aging. Antioxidants come into play to neutralize free radical damage and deactivate pollutants trying to attack your skin.

What are the benefits of antioxidants?

Antioxidants in formulas are key to having smooth, radiant skin with a reduced look in lines and pores. There are many different types of antioxidants, some more potent than others. Ultimately, incorporating antioxidant skincare ingredients into your routine can help to smooth fine lines and keep skin looking and feeling healthy.

How do I incorporate antioxidants in my skincare routine?

Sometimes we get comfortable in our routines, so the idea of adding a new product can be scary or tedious. With this in mind, we curated a list of skincare products with antioxidant properties that will make an easy swap or addition to your routine.

Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence

Our fan-favorite essence is powered by potent kombucha—a fermented black tea rich in natural acids and vitamins—to help smooth skin, increase luminosity, and protect against free radicals. This best-selling treatment also helps to minimize the look of fine lines and pores while prepping skin for the next steps. In addition to the star ingredient, kombucha, we formulated it with hyaluronic acid to enhance suppleness for plump-looking skin and mandarin peel extract to promote an even complexion.

Black Tea Firming Peptides Serum

This fast-penetrating, antioxidant serum is formulated with our potent black tea complex—made up of black tea extract, black tea ferment, blackberry leaf extract, and lychee seed extract—proven to provide antioxidant protection. Firming peptides and honeysuckle extract help improve skin elasticity and support skin density for a V-shape look.

Lotus Antioxidant Daily Moisturizer

Our antioxidant-rich face cream is enhanced with Super Lotus—an ingredient extracted from the whole living lotus to target first signs of aging by boosting radiance, strengthening the skin’s barrier, and protecting from free radicals. Vitamin E helps to protect, soothe, and soften the skin while hyaluronic acid enhances suppleness for a plump look. Lastly, star fruit leaf extract smoothes skin while helping to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Shop all our potent antioxidant-rich skincare essentials to protect your skin daily or our best-selling skincare products for whatever your skin needs.

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blog author Brittan Bates

Brittan Bates

Global Brand Storytelling

Written by Brittan Bates for Fresh. Brittan is an NYC-based writer, editor, and storyteller with 9 years of experience spanning digital and print journalism, copywriting, brand strategy, and more. Her work has appeared in publications such as Teen Vogue and brands including Diane von Furstenberg, abc carpet & home, FRĒDA SALVADOR, and more.