Here is a list of 5 superstar antioxidants we highly recommend you to seek out if your dedicated to combatting the signs of anti-aging using skincare products available over the counter.


Green tea is an excellent antioxidant to have in anti-aging skincare. Studies have shown that tea is highly effective at protecting skin against sun exposure and free radical damage as well as reducing inflammation and irritation and helping to restore the framework of natural collagen under the skin.

All round green and white tea extracts are excellent antioxidants that work wonders for maintaining the plumpness and smoothness of the skin as you age.


Retinol is definitely a superstar antioxidant when it comes to anti-aging. It has been clinically proven to boost natural collagen production under the skin which helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles on the surface. It is also excellent at helping to improve the colour and texture of the skin by promoting the top layer of cells (the epidermis) to shed quickly, sloughing off dead skin and replacing it with the younger plumper more even toned skin cells underneath.

If you’re serious about turning back the clock using skincare. Retinol is one ingredient you shouldn’t go without.

COENZYME Q-10 (CoQ-10)

CoEnzyme Q-10 has risen through the ranks of antioxidants over the last 10 years as a standout complex in anti-aging skincare. Our bodies naturally produce CoQ-10 in order to protect the skin from free radical damage, however as we age the body produces less of the substance and leaves the skin more vulnerable to free radical attacks. Clinical studies have shown that regular application of CoQ-10 via creams or lotions helps to restore the level of CoQ-10 protection to the skin. In addition research has shown a correlation between regular use of CoQ-10 and improvements to the deep set wrinkles around the eyes ‘crow’s feet’.


Vitamin C is one of the most studied ingredients in skincare. Research has shown that it is capable of strengthening skin against free radical attacks, reduce scaring and inflammation, protect against sun exposure and increase natural collagen production under the skin.

It is definitely safe to say that vitamin C is a standout ingredient in all cosmetics but with its protective nature against free radicals and ability to plump and smooth the skin it definitely deserves a spot on our top 5 antioxidants to have in anti-aging skincare.


Niacinamide is a great antioxidant to have in anti-aging skincare. Not only does it share the ability to protect against free radical damage and sun exposure much like the vast majority of all antioxidants used in skincare but it has also been scientifically proven to help the skin retain moisture, stimulate collagen, reduce hyperpigmentation and help fight against acne!

For a Swiss army knife ingredient in your anti-aging skincare you can’t go far wrong by including this amazing antioxidant in your daily routine.


It is always important to remember that many antioxidants are extremely sensitive to air and light often becoming damaged and ineffective once exposed. Therefore it’s always best to buy products that provide opaque and air tight packing for any formulations that contain antioxidants to ensure you are getting the most from the ingredients inside.