The 7 Antioxidant Serums We Trust for Bright, Even Skin

You probably see the word “antioxidant” on many of your skincare products. We all know it’s a good thing to have in a day cream or serum, but not everyone can tell you why. In fact, the role antioxidants play in your regimen is almost storybook-worthy; they’re the heroes that ride in to save the day when a villain’s on the loose. Hear us out: The villains are the free radicals that metabolise when skin is exposed to certain aggressors. These include pollutant particles, sunlight, certain medications and cigarette smoke.

Free radicals are unstable molecules with an unpaired electron, and they’re looking to brace themselves by attaching to the nearest healthy cell. Instead, they turn that once-healthy cell into another free radical, and then you have two unstable cells wreaking havoc and damaging skin tissue.

Antioxidants—the heroes in our story—forage these free radicals and donate an electron to them, thus preventing any further damage to your skin. Just as crucially, they also help to reduce acne scarring, even out skin tone, soften wrinkles and amp up long-term radiance in a way that makeup cannot match.

Ready to find yourself one of these skin heroes? Here’s where to look.