Farmgirl Beauty Secret # 90: Wearing Antioxidants underneath your SPF. ~ Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets™
Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets

10/20/09

Farmgirl Beauty Secret # 90: Wearing Antioxidants underneath your SPF.

SPF is a must for all 365 days of the year, but we’ve all been guilty of slacking off on the sunscreen-wearing department upon the arrival of cooler months when the sun starts to play hide & seek. Not only is it important to continue wearing SPF when the weather cools, it’s also smart to protect your skin against the harsh environmental elements. For an added boost of protection from the sun and pollution, always layer an antioxidant serum underneath your SPF! The term “antioxidant” has been thrown around so much amongst beauty companies that it’s actually diluted the importance of wearing antioxidants. In my humble opinion and experience, my skin has greatly benefited from using antioxidants. Here are my 2 favorites that I’ve enlisted into my skincare arsenal.

Garden of Wisdom Concord Grape Antioxidant Serum: This is amazing! Garden of Wisdom is an etailer that sells a plethora of ingredients for those who dabble in mixing their own skincare. They’ve also created a line of finished products that is just out of this world! I’ve been using this religiously every morning and the results are obvious. There’s a definite glow that wasn’t there before. It contains a chockfull of the latest and greatest antioxidants, including Resveratrol, which is the super antioxidant that is responsible for the anti-aging benefits of red wine. Like many of their products, this serum has ZERO fillers. The texture is light and watery, absorbing readily with zero residue. The price is totally right at $16.85 (there’s even a travel-size version for $5.25!). I wasn’t able to take a picture of my bottle, but the picture above features their different travel-sizes (I just love their containers- very DIY-esque). This line is perfect for oily and acne-prone types who are looking for anti-aging and antioxidant skincare. More reviews to come for this amazing brand!

Juice Beauty Green Apple Antioxidant Serum: This is another great antioxidant serum for oily skin types. The light gel serum is packed with good ingredients from beginning to end. I love reading potent ingredients, like Ubiquinone and Milk peptides, on the top of the ingredient list. I’m very impressed! Instead of using water, they incorporated antioxidant-rich, organic fruit juices as their first ingredients. This also has Willowbark Extract, which means it’ll help treat blemishes and exfoliate while providing antioxidant protection. I rarely break out anymore, but this helped clear up some clogged pores I had around the jaw line. I even use this on my neck and décolleté for a more refined neckline.

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13 comments:

M.O. said...

these sound perfect for my skin, how come i've never heard of them before? great to know!

Anonymous said...

great review!

Do you have any recommendations for sunscreen?

New England Girl said...

These sound like the sorts of products I need! I'm prone to breaking out when my hormones fluctuate and it would be nice to have a topical product to help even this out. Thanks!

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi there!

Thank you! For my extremely finicky skin, I've had great luck with 100% Pure Fruit-pigment Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20. I top it off with a light dusting of self-made mineral SPF powder for extra protection. If you can provide your skin type, I can make a rec based on that :)

Farmgirl

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi New England Girl!

Serums like these are a must for every skin type, let me know how it works out for you :)

Farmgirl

Anonymous said...

I have combination skin, mostly toward normal/dry, in my late 30's.

I'm looking for sunscreen that doesn't leave my skin greasy and if it doesn't have the typical sunscreen smell that would be a definite plus.

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi Anonymous :)

If you can use chemical sunscreen, I recommend the following:

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 30 or Peter Thomas Roth Uber Dry Sunscreen SPF 30.

If you are allergic to chemical SPF and can only use physical/mineral SPF, I recommend the following:

100% Pure Sheer Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, Fancl Sunguard SPF 30 or Nia 24 Sun Damage Prevention 100% Mineral Sunscreen.

Hope this helps!

Farmgirl

Catherine said...

These sound like a fantastic alternative to Ole Henriksen's Truth Serum. =)

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi Catherine!

I haven't tried Ole Henriksen before but I've heard good things. I don't think I'll ever get around to trying them though, there are so many serums I want to try from Garden of Wisdom- already plotting my next order ;)

Farmgirl

Ida said...

I'm going to be using antioxidant from now on, thanks for the tip! And i adore Garden of Wisdom. My skincare routine is made up of almost all-GoW products. Can't wait for your reviews! :)

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi Ida!

I'm becoming a huge fan of GOW as well :) Can't wait to discover more products!

Farmgirl

OceanDreams said...

Oh wow I have never heard of this, thanks for another great tip!!

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi OceanDreams,

Anytime, darling!

Farmgirl