Antioxidants are one of those products that you don’t really know you need to use until an expert lectures-slash-informs you, and then you’ll wonder how your skin’s survived this long without. Think of antioxidants as a super-packed serum: You apply it post-cleanser and pre-moisturizer, so your skin can really absorb all of the vitamins within. For SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF, this includes 2% phloretin, 10% L-ascorbic acid (that’s Vitamin C) and 0.5% ferulic acid, which work to brighten and tighten skin, encourage cell turnover (hello, more collagen!) and, most importantly, protect against damage from UVA and UVB radiation. If you’re just getting on the daily SPF train or are still feeling guilty about sun exposure from your teenage years, this antioxidant is for you: it can actually help repair past sun damage and works best when paired with a broad-spectrum sunscreen to keep future damage at bay. Plus, I really just like how it feels when I dab it onto my skin.
SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF antioxidant ($165, skinceuticals.com/canada)