What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants generally protect the skin from the environment and keeps your skin looking and working at its best.
I purchased these two antioxidants when the EUK 134 was released in mid September. In terms of preference, I like the Alpha Lipoic more as I feel like it absorbs a lot quicker, however I enjoy using them both in alternate evening routines and I just make sure that I apply the EUK earlier in the evening; giving it more time for it to absorb before I hit the Z’s.
I am continuously reading good things about Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), it addresses one of my main skin care concerns; aging. ALA is a powerful highly potent antioxidant to suppress and protect against fine lines and wrinkles. The formula contains a very high concentration at 5% of ALA . It is advised not to be used daily as it will cause skin sensitivity if used too often.
ALA benefits include:
- Improving scar tissue appearance
- Regulates production by oil glands
- Helps the exfoliation process to achieve an even and smooth skin texture
- Helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Evens out skin tone and reduces pore size
The ALA formula doesn’t contain water and feels more like an oil when applied, its not comedogenic and does tingle after application. It has no scent so is ideal if fragrance isn’t your thing.
I apply this after my final water based serum and I could visibly see the results the very next day. My face was so smooth it was pore-less, fresh and firm, definitely less oily throughout the day, I can not praise this enough, I thought I’d reached the limit with finding my favourite product within The Ordinary, but boy was I wrong.
The next antioxidant is relatively new to the range EUK 134 0.1%, the full name… Ethylbisminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride, now don’t be fooled by the low percentage here, this by far is one of the strongest antioxidants available.
EUK can regenerate itself to offer round the clock defence from free radical damage. The concentration is so high yet its not reflected in the price tag, at only £6.90 per 30ml.
This amazing antioxidant contains self generating molecules that neutralises free radicals preventing the production of collagen and elastin from being inhibited, the results of using this will show plumper and youthful looking skin. This shouldn’t be used with any direct acids such as Vitamin C, Lactic, Glycolic and Salicylic as they will compromise it’s beneficial effects.
EUK benefits include:
- Protects the skin tissue against toxic compounds
- Reduces skin inflammation and redness
- Protects the skin against UV induced DNA damage
- Reduces and limits premature aging caused by UV exposure
It’s suitable for sensitive skin and unlike ALA; doesn’t tingle after use. EUK can also be used in your morning and evening routine.
Both antioxidants do different things, EUK can be used every day but ALA can’t, so on evenings where I’m unable to use ALA, I alternate with EUK and Azeliac acid suspension which I will also write a review on very soon.
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