Everyday Skin Defence: The Fight Against Free Radical Damage


Every day, your skin faces a battle with free radicals in the fight against premature ageing. The best defence against this daily onslaught? Powerful antioxidant and Vitamin C protection.

It’s a little scary to think that every day there’s a war raging on your skin and that from the moment you wake, there are factors at play that will determine the way in which your skin ages.

Over time the skin’s structure, function and appearance changes due to both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Intrinsic factors are largely out of our control and include genetics and metabolism; however extrinsic factors are, for the most part, environmental and to some extent, easier for us to exert control over, such as UV radiation exposure, smoking, air pollution, diet, stress and sleep.

What is Free Radical Damage?
It has been reported that over 80 per cent of premature skin ageing is attributed to these environmental aggressors, mainly due to damage known as ‘oxidative stress’. The damage and imbalance caused to the skin by highly reactive molecules is called ‘free radicals’.

Major Extrinsic Ageing Factors That Can Cause Oxidative Stress.

These pesky free radicals subsequently cause damage to our skin cells, including their DNA. Over time, this damage accumulates and expresses itself visibly as signs of ageing including fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, redness and loss of skin elasticity.

But First, Sunscreen
If there’s one skin routine ‘non-negotiable’ it’s sunscreen. Sunscreens with a minimum rating of SPF 30+ are essential when protecting against harmful UV radiation and should also be ‘broad spectrum’ meaning they protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

However, sunscreens do not protect totally against UV-generated free radicals and other environmental aggressors such as cigarette smoke and air pollution.

A is for Antioxidants
Antioxidants can provide added defence against oxidative stress and work by helping to reduce toxic free radicals before the damage occurs.

Our Ultra Protective Antioxidant Complex helps to minimise free radical damage thanks to a powerful complex of antioxidants including Chaparral, Silymarin, Provitamin C, Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid – so consider it your crucial second line of defence, alongside your sunscreen.

C is for Vitamin C
The final skin saver in the lineup? Hero ingredient Vitamin C. Helping to reduce visible signs of ageing by supporting collagen synthesis, often damaged by free radicals, Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) has a firming and smoothing effect while strengthening and protecting the skin.

Comprising of the Ultra C23+ Firming Concentrate, Ultra C10+ Firming Serum and Ultra C Firming Eye Cream, our Ultra Vitamin C Range formulation contains penetration enhancers designed to ensure that Vitamin C goes deeper into the dermis than many Vitamin C serums.

Heather Vounnou, Ultraceuticals Global Education Innovator, explains the difference between Ultra C23+  and Ultra C10+ products:

“If you are looking to add Vitamin C to your skincare regimen, we have two different formulations for you to choose from. The Ultra C10+ Firming Serum is a lightweight formula that is generally preferred by combination to oily skin types, the Ultra C23+ Firming Concentrate is a more emollient base that is generally preferred by combination to dry skin types.”

Battle Plan
So, in the fight against free radical damage, and to help protect against future damage, it’s time to assemble your army.  Choose your preferred pure Vitamin C serum, and team with our Ultra Protective Antioxidant Complex plus appropriate daily sunscreen.

Heather Vounnou recommends  “To ensure you give your skin time to adjust to the cosmeceutical grade strength of these formulations, we would suggest you apply the prescribed Ultra C Firming product to your face and neck every other morning, building up to every day. We would also advise that these products are always used in conjunction with an SPF30 or 50+.”

To start your journey to your best possible skin, visit your local Ultraceuticals expert clinic for a consultation with one of our qualified Skin Technicians.