Picture patio furniture left uncovered in winter, weathered by the sun and rusted by rain. That’s your skin without antioxidants. Add five extra winters if you live in a city (check), smoke, drink, tan, or, alas, run marathons. All of these boost your body’s count of free radicals.
Of course, antioxidants are sprinkled into almost every skin-care product, but rarely do they constitute enough of the formulation to do much good unless you reapply it throughout the day. (Look at the placement on the label; ingredients are listed by volume.) To help your end-of-summer complexion cope, we wrangled some of the most super-charged antioxidant products available. Adding even one of these vital city skin-savers to your daily routine can help prevent the patio-furniture effect, or what dermatologists call premature aging.
Murad Oil Free Sunblock SPF 30, has a heaping tablespoon of antioxidant pomegranate extract in it, a brillian move since it acts like a second layer of protection to the SPF against sun damage. $30, www.murad.com
IN EYE AND LIP CREAM
Caudalie Vinexpert Anti-Aging Serum Eyes and Lips, is powered by resveratrol, the antioxidant extracted from grapevines, which the Bordeaux-born company pioneered and patented in skin care. $70, www.caudalie-usa.com
IN A MASK
Pangea Organics Facial Mask, gives you longer skin-contact with two top antioxidants of the moment—acai and gogi berries. $39.95, www.pangeaorganics.com
IN YOUR MAKEUP
NVEY ECO Organic Erase Corrective Makeup, a best-seller of the Australian eco-brand, contains vitamin E, carrot oil, and a handful of other botanical antioxidants. $30, www.econveybeauty.com
IN A SERIOUS SERUM
SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic, is a home run, according to dozens of dermatologists, because it contains two key vitamin antioxidants and ferulic acid (a bran extract) that amps up their potency. $138, www.skinceuticals.com
IN YOUR BAG
Sophyto Polyphenol Skin Drops, with antioxidants from apple, green and white tea, and olive leaf, is like Rescue Remedy for stressed skin—great in a pinch. $49, www.sophytoorganics.com
EAT IT AND WEAR IT
Intelligent Nutrients Intellimune Oil, is both a nutritional supplement—it’s an organic oil of organic black cumin, grapeseed, and cranberry—and meant to be slathered on skin. No joke. $45, www.intelligentnutrients.com
IN YOUR DIET
Prunes, pinto beans, wild blueberries, and loads of spices like cinnamon have incredibly high ORAC scores (it stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), according to the USDA, which uses this test to measure antioxidants in food.