SkinCeuticals’ product philosophy and consumer education programs are built around the principles of Prevention, Protection, and Correction. These three steps address and minimize the effects that environmental aggressors have on the skin and the use of topical antioxidants play an important part in this.
An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules.
Oxidation is a type of damage that occurs when molecules lose electrons. Five types of antioxidants found naturally in the body that protect against cellular damage are: glutathione, ubiquinone, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), alpha tocopherol (vitamin E), and alpha lipoic acid. Antioxidants work by different mechanisms to stop or neutralize damage. Out of the five antioxidants found in the body only vitamins C and E have been proven to get into skin. Additionally, there are a few plant antioxidants known to work in skin.
What’s a free radical?
Free radicals are molecules with unpaired electrons, causing them to be unstable and highly chemically reactive. These unstable molecules are generated by UV rays, infrared radiation, pollution, and lifestyle factors like alcohol and cigarette smoke. Inside the skin, free radicals damage cells, their DNA, and other vital cellular components. Over time, free radical damage leads to visible signs of accelerated skin aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, laxity, discoloration, and even skin cancer.
While sunscreen is the first line of defense and essential for protecting skin’s surface from the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays, sunscreen filters only protect skin from up to 55% of free radicals*. Topical antioxidants work in skin to neutralize free radicals and protect against UV damage. Incorporating a topical antioxidant and sunscreen into a daily skincare regimen provides comprehensive protection from environmental damage.
*Haywood, R., et al, J Invest Dermatol 2006;121:862-868
The SkinCeuticals Difference
A topical vitamin C antioxidant must penetrate skin to be effective. This is dependent on three factors: The form of vitamin C used, the concentration, and the pH of the solution.
In the years since the patent, each subsequent antioxidant generation has been subjected to rigorous clinical studies—and the results are clear: SkinCeuticals topical antioxidants neutralize free radicals caused by solar radiation and other environmental factors for inside protection, while synthesizing collagen production for outside correction.
The three fundamental skin care elements — Prevention Protection & Correction
In order to maintain and improve the health and appearance of skin, a proper skincare regimen is essential. Although the specific products depend on skin type and skin conditions, every effective regimen must include three fundamental elements — Prevention, Protection, and Correction.
To “Prevent” accelerated skin aging and skin cancer, it’s imperative to use a daily topical antioxidant. This targeted range of products prevents skin damage by neutralizing the free radicals generated by UV rays, infrared radiation, and other environmental factors like pollution, alcohol consumption, and cigarette smoke.
Even the best broad spectrum sunscreen can only block up to 55% of the damaging free radicals generated by UV exposure, but SkinCeuticals antioxidants are specially designed and clinically proven to provide the most advanced protection from environmental aging. When used together, SkinCeuticals antioxidants and sunscreens provide ultimate protection by preventing the visible signs of photoaging and promoting optimal skin health.
Photo damage created by the sun is the number-one cause of accelerated skin aging and skin cancer. In order to prevent this damage, it’s essential to “Protect” skin with sunscreen. SkinCeuticals offers a full range of broad spectrum sunscreens designed for different skin types, conditions, and lifestyles in order to shield skin from UV rays.
The SkinCeuticals line of sunscreens provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Formulated with Z-COTE® transparent zinc oxide, skin is protected from the entire spectrum of damaging UV rays, not just sunburn. Unlike the pasty, white zinc oxide sunscreens of the past, SkinCeuticals sunscreens are formulated with cosmetically elegant textures.
To minimize lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and other visible effects of past damage, SkinCeuticals offers products designed to “Correct”. These potent skincare products are formulated with powerful ingredients and advanced technologies to restore a healthier, younger-looking complexion.
SkinCeuticals corrective products combine anti-aging, lightening, and exfoliating ingredients to help rehabilitate the skin, restoring a healthier and more youthful appearance. Our active ingredients and advanced technologies correct fine lines, wrinkles, discolorations, acne, and more. Whether you’re concerned about wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne, redness or all of the above, SkinCeuticals corrective products are formulated to exfoliate, repair, and rejuvenate the skin. Our range of creams, serums, masques, and targeted treatments for the delicate eye and lip areas have been clinically tested and shown to work synergistically with the rest of your SkinCeuticals regimen to provide optimal results.
The skin is the body’s largest organ, and it serves as a protective barrier. Its health and surface appearance are determined by environmental factors as well as the function of the components that comprise the layers below.
The SkinCeuticals formulas are designed to improve skin health and repair damage that causes specific skin conditions and visible signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, laxity, and hyperpigmentation. These products offer a bridge between prescription-based products and over-the-counter cosmetics – and they are backed by medically accepted science that proves their efficacy.
Why are SkinCeuticals products different?
SkinCeuticals products are backed by science from the first stages of their development through the packaging of the final formulations. Extensive medical-grade clinical testing that proves our products’ efficacy sets SkinCeuticals apart from other cosmeceutical brands on the market.
What standards are followed in the formulation of SkinCeuticals products?
SkinCeuticals is committed to the highest, medical-grade formulation standards, and uses only pharmaceutical-grade ingredients. We subject our final formulations to extensive clinical testing that proves they deliver on their claims. Our products are produced in small batches and packaged under closely monitored, sterile conditions to ensure optimal potency and freshness.
What does an antioxidant do for my skin?
Antioxidants provide protection from free radicals that cause damage deep within the skin. Unlike sunscreens that protect skin from UV rays, antioxidants prevent skin damage caused by other environmental aggressors such as infrared radiation, pollution, cigarette smoke, alcohol, and more. SkinCeuticals antioxidants have also been proven to reverse skin damage, including fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
What in-office SkinCeuticals Professional procedures are offered?
SkinCeuticals offers a range of clinical-grade professional peels and facial treatments performed by SkinCeuticals skincare professionals in doctors’ offices and medical spas. When these targeted skincare solutions are combined with a customized SkinCeuticals at-home regimen, the result is healthier skin with visible improvement in signs of accelerated skin aging and other skin conditions.
Is SkinCeuticals found worldwide?
SkinCeuticals is sold in 25 countries around the world through dermatologists, plastic surgeons, medical spas, select pharmacies, and premium spas.