Whether you're a bona fide beauty veteran or just starting out, antioxidant skincare should be high on your list of non-negotiables. With a laundry list of benefits, antioxidants for skin are found in many natural skincare ingredients. The most effective way to supercharge your skin routine? Fill it with Vinanza® antioxidants. These powerful little beauties are the cornerstone of Antipodes' scientifically validated formulations because of their ability to address signs of aging. But what are they – and how do they promote healthy looking skin?
Why antioxidants matter
Ever seen an apple turn brown? That’s the process of oxidisation. It's what happens to your skin cells when they’re exposed to molecules called free radicals. You'll find these in UV rays, chemicals, and environmental pollutants. They're pretty hard to avoid! But avoid you must. Minimising free radical damage is the best thing you can do for youthful-looking skin. Free radicals can damage cells and lead to the signs of early aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.
Oxidative stress can also prevent the skin’s natural repair process and trigger inflammation. The skin has a natural antioxidant defence system to respond to UV-related oxidative stress, but too much exposure to UV rays can overwhelm these natural defences.
How antioxidants benefit the skin
Antioxidants for skin are a defence mechanism that help address the signs of aging. Antioxidant benefits for skin are numerous. They help to reduce the effects of oxidative stress. They can prevent further harm by helping to neutralise the free radicals that can damage your skin's surface. They can also help to reduce inflammation and photodamage. Red, pigmented, uneven skin? All conditions that are potentially helped by antioxidant skincare.
To understand the power of antioxidants for skin, let’s dive deep. We're going to look at one of the most important antioxidant-rich discoveries used by Antipodes®.
Why Vinanza® is your antioxidant-rich best friend
Vinanza® Grape is a revolutionary antioxidant extract sourced from Marlborough sauvignon blanc grape seeds. Grapes are one of the best natural sources of antioxidants, containing biochemicals that fight free radicals in the body. These grapes, however, are grown in New Zealand's South Island, which makes them special. The area benefits from lashings of sunshine, high UV rates, cool nights, fertile soil, and low rainfall: creating the perfect conditions for antioxidant-rich grapes. In response to the climate, the grapes have developed unusually high levels of polyphenolic antioxidants - among the highest of any grape grown anywhere in the world.
The grape seeds are extracted via an environmentally friendly process with minimal waste. The process uses water, rather than harsh chemicals or solvents, which means the bioactivity of the grapes stays intact. The final product is freeze-dried before making its way into Antipodes' antioxidant serums and antioxidant skincare.
The best antioxidant skincare products
Vinanza® Grape is part of a whole family of antioxidant-rich extracts. The Vinanza® range has been shown to help improve elasticity and firmness in the skin, help reduce redness and inflammation, help brighten skin and age spots, and help minimise the effects of oxidative stress*. Build your routine with these powerful extracts to harness antioxidant benefits for skin.
What it is: A revolutionary antioxidant extract from Marlborough sauvignon blanc grape seeds.
What it does: Clinical trials* show Vinanza® Grape can assist with firmer skin. It also helps with smoothness and moisture retention.
Find it in: Radiance-enhancing serums such as Antipodes® Hosanna H2O Intensive Skin-Plumping Serum. You’ll also find it in an antioxidant moisturiser such as Antipodes® Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream.
What it is: Extracted from the skin of kiwifruit. This superfruit is a wellspring of healthy nutrients, including Vitamin C and exfoliating enzymes.
What it does: Helps to improve the skin’s appearance by brightening skin and addressing age spots*.
Find it in: Illuminating antioxidant skincare such as Antipodes® Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Eye Cream.
Vinanza® Grape & Kiwi:
What it is: A clever antioxidant compound, sourced from kiwifruit and Marlborough sauvignon blanc grape seeds.
What it does: Shown to decrease trans-epidermal water loss, leaving skin moist and hydrated. It is also clinically shown to help improve the skin’s appearance for a brighter complexion*.
Find it in: Brightening masks such as Antipodes® Halo Skin-Brightening Facial Mud Mask.
Vinanza® Oxifend Plus
What it is: A superfruit complex made from New Zealand-grown boysenberries, blackcurrants, and kiwifruit, plus Vinanza® Grape from sauvignon blanc grape seeds.
What it does: Helps defend skin from oxidative stress*.
Find it in: Antioxidant-rich cleansers such as Antipodes® Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser.
What it is: From the skins of sustainably harvested New Zealand pinot noir red grapes.
What it does: Clinically shown to help reduce skin redness and inflammation*. Its potent antioxidant action helps keep skin looking healthy.
Find it in: Skin-calming antioxidant serums such as Antipodes® Apostle Skin-Brightening Serum.
So that's a little primer on the many antioxidant benefits for skin! We've also gone deep into Antipodes' most potent antioxidant skincare ingredients. Vinanza® antioxidants transform ordinary routines into supercharged rituals. Shop the Antipodes® range of antioxidant skincare here.
*Vinanza® antioxidants carry strong clinical results showing their ability to address signs of aging from two independent organisations: New Zealand Extracts, and the New Zealand Government’s pastoral R&D company AgResearch. Independent testing on sustainable Vinanza® antioxidant compounds has shown that Vinanza® Grape has high antioxidant levels from grape seeds and improves elasticity and firmness in the skin by 16%, while independent results from Vinanza® Grape and Kiwi testing has demonstrated improved skin cell membrane integrity by decreasing trans-epidermal water loss by 16%, improving skin elasticity by 16%, decreasing skin redness by 7% and lightening skin by 3.5%.