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Ingredient Spotlight: Antioxidants

Ingredient Spotlight: Antioxidants

Antioxidants are key to fighting free radicals that cause cellular and tissue damage leading to visible signs of premature aging, but what is the source of free radicals in the skin and how are antioxidants sent in to fight them?

Sources of Free Radicals

I always put up a fight as a kid when my parents said it was “time for sunscreen.” We were always outdoors as kids, like all the time. Whether it be a trip to the zoo, fishing or hiking with the family on a Saturday, or after school with the neighbor kids skateboarding or playing basketball. I definitely got my share of sun as a kid, but thanks to my parent’s persistence, I have protected my skin since. I was astonished to learn that “skin receives 80% of its free radical damage from exposure to the sun’s rays (2).” Other sources of exogenous free radicals include pollution, tobacco smoke, alcohol, heavy metals, and pesticides. Free radicals interfere with the ability of cells to function normally and can lead to tissue damage, which results in wrinkles, lines, dehydration and loss of youthful volume (1). For skin, what are the best sources of antioxidants?

Antioxidants in Diet

There are hundreds of articles on superfoods and antioxidant rich foods, but while eating foods high in antioxidants will fight free radicals within your body, “as little as 1% of antioxidants [ingested] reach the surface of the skin. To maximize antioxidant protection, it is necessary to apply effective topical antioxidants to the skin (2).”

Antioxidants in Skincare

Different antioxidants have different benefits in combating free radicals when applied topically to your skin, and Rescue has carefully selected some of the highest quality, purest, and natural antioxidants to protect your cells and promote healthy skin. Here’s some of our hardest working antioxidants and their benefits straight from our ingredient lists:

Coffea Arabica Fruit Extract - This antioxidant has shown in research to significantly improve the appearance of sun damaged skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and blotchy redness (4).
Beta-Carotene - High in vitamin A, a natural antioxidant, research shows it encourages cell production and stimulates fibroblasts cells that are responsible for developing tissue that keeps skin firm and healthy (5).
Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil - High in antioxidants, beta carotene & vitamin A. Helps to soothe the skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and moisturize.
Retinyl Palmitate - High in antioxidants containing both vitamins A and C. Helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and works to even skin tone. Vitamin C limits the damage induced by UV exposure, and works best with vitamin E from other sources to increase blood flow to UV damaged areas (6).
Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin Seed Oil) - Rich in vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. Vitamins A,C and E go to work to promote skin renewal and skin tone while fighting free radicals (7).
Ubiquinone - Ubiquinone is another name for CoQ10, a potent antioxidant naturally produced by the body and important to cell functioning and development. When applied topically, Ubiquinone is thought to penetrate the skin easily, and reduce free radical damage via its antioxidant properties. It is also been found to assist cells in building collagen and elastin, therefore reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. (8)

These ingredients don’t work alone in our all-natural biocompatible formulations. RESCUE Skin is a preventative and restorative skincare solution, focusing on naturally supporting cellular health, and as cellular health improves, it improves skin universally, not just in one area. Preventatively, RESCUE Skin can help with future fine lines, improved skin tone and texture along with loss of volume and elasticity. Restoratively, you can also begin to experience relief from situational conditions such as puffiness, redness, certain pigmentation and even acne.


  1. Free Radicals
  2. Oxidative Stress and Free Radical Damage to Skin
  3. Free Radicals: Properties, Sources, Targets, and Their Implication in Various Diseases
  4. A double-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and tolerance of a novel phenolic antioxidant skin care system containing Coffea arabica and concentrated fruit and vegetable extracts. - Journal of Drugs in Dermatology.
  5. The Skin Benefits of Vitamin A
  6. Vitamin C and Skin Health
  7. 9 Beauty Benefits of Pumpkin Seed Oil for Skin, Hair & Nails
  8. Ubiquinone