When to start using an antioxidant? 19th Feb 2018 | By Kesiree Naidoo It is advisable to start using an antioxidant as a young adult. Topical antioxidants serums have the added benefits of stabilising melanocytes, promoting the formation of barrier lipids, and being anti-inflammatory, thus assisting with management of acne and resultant post inflammatory pigmentation (post acne marks), while providing younger skin with comfort and hydration. Use of an antioxidant along with a good quality broad spectrum sunscreen is the perfect way to start (and continue) taking care of your skin. It’s not too late for those who already have sun damage and a history of skin cancers. While antioxidants cannot treat skin cancers, they can help to prevent further DNA mutations and new skin cancers and improve the appearance of dry, sun damaged skin by boosting barrier lipid production and collagen repair. Even though many products may contain antioxidants, the efficacy of an antioxidant is only as good as the stability of the product formulation as antioxidants are unstable. The products sold on Skinsmart are of the highest quality, with proven efficacy supported by scientific research. If you are not sure about which product is suitable for you , please email us and ask for advice from our skin therapist.