Antioxidants in food and skincare

Antioxidants in food and skincare

Despite our body's own antioxidant system, an overload of free radicals can sometimes be overwhelmingSupplementation from food or skincare is an effective way to mitigate the exposure to oxidative stress and support the antioxidative activity.


In this skin tip Dr. Barbara Geusens tells you all about the importance of antioxidants for your skin. At Nomige we check if your body produces enough antioxidants by itself and adapt your serum accordingly. But you can also help your skin by seeking antioxidants in your nutrition.

What are antioxidants?

As the word itself reveals its benefit, antioxidants are a defense mechanism against ‘oxidants’ or the more scientific term, oxidative stress that can produce free radicals. These radicals are reactive molecules that can cause diseases, cancer, ageing, hyperpigmentation and other forms of skin damage. They are formed after exposure to UV radiation (sun), pollution, blue light, smoking, etc.


Our skin’s natural antioxidant network exists of enzymes and small-molecule antioxidants. Examples of these enzymes are superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase and glutathione (GSH). These are often referred to as ‘detoxification enzymes’. The small-molecule antioxidants include the better-known vitamin C, vitamin Evitamin A, coenzyme Q, etc.


What antioxidants to look for in products?

In-store skincare products mostly contain antioxidants such as vitamin E, C and A. When you look at the ingredient list you will see vitamin E, mentioned as Tocopherol or Tocopheryl Acetate. Vitamin E is mostly used for its antioxidative activity which means that it can sort of sweep away free radicals before it can cause any damage to our cells. Vitamin C or L-ascorbic acid is not only used to protect from free radicals but also to support the activity of vitamin E. Therefore, vitamin E and C are often combined in our skincare.


Beta-carotene is a carotenoid that is derived from vitamin A. Beta-carotene protects mainly from free radicals, produced by infrared radiation. It is naturally present in our skin but often depleted by sun radiation. Therefore, it is beneficial to replenish these amounts through supplements and skincare products.


You’ll often find that the antioxidant coenzyme Q10 or CoQ-10 is labelled on various skincare products. In the ingredient list, it is mentioned as ‘Ubiquinone’. Typically, it is used for its anti-ageing effect. 

Lesser known but effective antioxidants are reservatrol, ferulic acid, curcumin, alpha-lipoic acid, arbutin and botanical extracts such as Ginkgo Biloba and grapeseed extract. This is just a small selection of a broad list of antioxidants that are most commonly found in our skincare.

Which food contains antioxidants?

We already produce a lot of these antioxidants naturally by nature, however, their levels decrease significantly as we age. Hence, antioxidant intake through a well-balanced diet with fruits and veggies can be helpful. Eating your 5-a-Day will also build up your antioxidant system. These food sources contain antioxidants to boost up your antioxidant system: carrots (betacarotene), citrus fruits (vitamin C, ferulic acid), broccoli (vitamin C), mixed nuts (vitamin E), avocado (vitamin E), grapes, nutmeg, kale, spinach, green tea, etc. 


Customised antioxidant serum by Nomige


What people often forget is that we are exposed to environmental factors such as UV radiation and pollution all year round. So antioxidant supplementation is beneficial throughout the entire year. Antioxidants in skincare are mostly relevant in the morning, to support and protect your skin against free radicals that are encountered during that day. It is necessary to protect ourselves daily rather than an occasional mask or treatment. 

At Nomige, we make your day serum that is tailored to your specific needs, using highly potent antioxidants. Besides the fit-for-all antioxidants such as vitamin C, we take it a step further. 

Day Serum


Your antioxidant serum is made after your DNA is analyzed by a certified lab. We then carefully select those antioxidants that you really need. This means that we select the antioxidants which you have a predisposition to break down faster or those of which your own production is insufficient due to certain mutations. As an example, in your DNA it is possible to find lower levels of superoxide dismutase, glutathione or reservatrol in your DNA. If that were the case, these would be the main antioxidants that will be included in the antioxidant day serum. We offset those lower levels of antioxidants by including them into your daily skincare routine.


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