The Best Antioxidant Serums – Reader Review

Environment aggressors like UVA/UVB rays, pollution, rapid drops and rises in temperature and drying wind can wreak havoc on our skin all year ‘round. This is thanks to the free radical damage that causes premature ageing (read: lackluster skin and wrinkles).  To boost protection and help reverse the damage that’s already been done introduce a hardworking antioxidant into your daily routine.Victorian Beauticater Lauren Kennedy – (who is also a wine blogger and gets her fair share of the vino-variety of antioxidants) tested a host of antioxidant serums and canvassed her top performers so you can say goodbye to fine lines and wrinkles and hello to a brighter and more radiant complexion.

Beauticate loves this image by Garance Dorè.

Beauticate loves this image by Garance Dorè.

“If you’re a city dweller like myself, your skin is constantly exposed to environmental stress and inflammation so we need something super strong. The luxe serum contains the much-hypedsuper free-radical-fighterIdebenone, along with a host of other protective, high-tech ingredients. It is quite expensive, but if you feel like a splurge you won’t be disappointed - it screams luxury from the moment of application. The lightweight gel, spreads easily over skin and is gold and shimmery in colour. With its own calibrated dropper, it allows for precision dispensing, ensuring you don’t waist a skerrik of this lush liquid. As for the results? I was super impressed. After only a few days of lathering this serum morning and night my skin was noticeably smoother, softer, more radiant and brighter.”





Aspect Pigment Punch

“If pigmentation is your peeve Aspect Pigment Punch is your remedy. This antioxidant skin serum promises to banish age spots, brown spots, freckles, hormonal marks, blotchy uneven skin tone and acne scars. I’ve read that blemishes and discolouration, more so than wrinkles, add years to your appearance and until recently, battling pigmentation meant using irritating chemical skin lighteners. Aspect’s hero ingredient Tyrostat eliminates this problem and lightens and brightens skin without burning, irritating or causing trauma – which is perfect as I suffer from sensitive skin. After a few weeks of use, my sensitive skin was clearer, brighter, more evenly toned and my facial redness calmed down considerably.”




“Every year, I look for a miracle serum that will reverse the years of sun damage I copped as a kid, and defend my skin against further environmental destruction. Cosmedix Affirm Anti-Oxidant Firming Serum has answered my prayers. Powered by peptides and over ten antioxidants this supercharged serum defends against harmful free radicals and help heal sun exposed and dehydrated skin.It’slight weight and soaked into my skin immediately. It definitely boosted my skin’s moisture levels without being greasy. After a few weeks of application my skin felt smoother and firmer. Resveratrol (the antioxidant in my beloved wine!) and Vitamin E provide potent and powerful antioxidant protection. I love that it can also be used on sensitive skin and acne prone skin, too.”




Go-To Face Hero

“Former beauty director and author Zoe Foster Blake’s Go-To Face Hero is a saviour to my oily skin. The gentle and completely natural, lightweight face oil is packed with 10 potent plant and nut oils as well as essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants (like Totarol, Rosemary Seed Extract and Vitamin E). The serum helped my skin function properly to produce the right amount of oil it needed to clear up my blemishes.I also love that it’s certified cruelty free and there are absolutely no nasties like parabens, sulfates, palm oil and petrochemicals, meaning it’s super gentle on your skin.I even used this through my entire pregnancy and while breastfeeding too.”


“The feather-light, oil-free hydrating antioxidant serum is jam-packed with toning, firming and anti wrinkle properties. After a few weeks I actually found an increase in my skin’s firmness. It even helped decrease my under-eye bags and puffiness that have crept up, thanks to my delightful newborn. It contains Glutathione, which is one of the most abundant antioxidants in the human body, along with Vitamin C and E to protect against free radical destruction. This clever antioxidant serum is particularly effective on those with dry and/or sensitive skin like myself because it contains no nasties (parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and dyes, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan). This little superstar certainly inspired a new found hope in my skin.”


“Designed for all skin types, particularly sensitive and problematic skin, Radical Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum has been formulated to fight the 16 factors that cause skin to age.True to its word, immediately after application I could have sworn my skin was brighter and more radiant and, after a few weeks, day and night, I definitely noticed a more hydrated, softer and clearer complexion. Another natural-leaning formulation, without sulfates and phthalates, I think this cruelty free serum is worth the steeper price tagfor its potent yet gentle antioxidant and anti-ageing ingredients.”



SkinceuticalsPhloretin CF

“This serum contains a ridiculous amount of potent antioxidants designed to diminish the appearance of discolouration and improve skin tone,.It’s hero ingredient, Phloretin - which is derived from the bark of apple trees - protects skin against free radicals and helps correct existing damage by accelerating cell turnover. In less than two weeks, after applying the serum in the morning, my sensitive skin was noticeably softer and brighter. It’s also great for oily, problematic and normal skin too. Added bonus? Once this serum is absorbed it can’t be washed or rubbed off, so you can go about your day knowing that your skin is protected no matter what lies ahead.”





“This serum is jam-packed with antioxidants to help reduce the visible signs of ageing and minimise free radical damage. Firstly, I love that this powerful antioxidant serum is an affordable,Australian made and owned,free of parabens and synthetic fragrances and is cruelty free. It’s suitable for all skin types including my sensitive skin and is lightweight, gliding on my skin beautifully(with silicone-like texture).To my pleasant surprise this serum proved to be a potent powerhouse, making me feel that my skin is protected from all the elements, from dusk ‘til dawn.”





Review by Lauren Kennedy