The Ultimate Guide to Antioxidants

Antioxidants are at the heart of Juice Beauty’s natural skin care products, as these substances are always on our minds and our organic farm in Northern California. In fact, the latter is where some of the most innovative clean skincare in the industry was born! You’ll hear all about our dedication to antioxidants at Juice Beauty a bit later. But for now, there’s so much more we need to discuss about the often misunderstood, but always mighty antioxidants in skincare.

There are countless antioxidants to explore in the skincare world, each with their own unique skill set. However, there are a few basic functions held by nearly all of them: protection, repair, and balance. These features merge to make your organic skin care routine all the more effective, especially when you educate yourself on these miracle ingredients. Read on to discover the secrets of antioxidant skincare and how Juice Beauty has harnessed them.

Antioxidant 101

What are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are natural substances that help to prevent free radicals from causing oxidative stress within our bodies. This free radical damage — which can be triggered by sun exposure, edible toxins, or environmental pollutants — is the fastest way to cause damage to your cell DNA. And as a result, you may fall victim to premature signs of skin aging, pigmentation issues, or even more serious health conditions.

However, don’t fret…as antioxidants are always here to save the day and your skin. These organic skin care favorites not only act as a defense system against environmental stress, but also provide a plethora of benefits for your complexion. From smoothing and evening to brightening and beyond, you’ll always be in good hands with the best antioxidant skincare.

What are the Most Popular Antioxidants?

Vitamin C

You can’t discuss the best antioxidants in skincare without Vitamin C. It’s an all-star ingredient with the power to tackle nearly every skin issue in one product — helping to brighten, repair, renew and protect for a nearly-perfect beauty solution. Where do we begin with its abilities? Vitamin C is the ultimate multitasker known to boost collagen production and shield against sun damage to ward off premature wrinkles. It also works to neutralize free radicals and fade dark spots for a more balanced skin tone, and that’s just the beginning of its skin superpowers.

Of course, there’s a catch-22 when it comes to Vitamin C. Everybody needs this holy grail antioxidant to repair tissue and retain nutrients, yet it cannot be naturally produced by the body. But the good news? That’s where your favorite organic skin care comes in. Experts recommend applying your Vitamin C products in the morning to more effectively shield against sun damage and environmental pollution. And you’ll soon understand why it’s the perfect antioxidant for all skin types.

Find this antioxidant in: Prebiotix 10% Vitamin C Complex Glow Body Lotion

Green Tea Extract

Green tea extract is rich in polyphenols, particularly EGCG, which delivers prime antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits to all skin types. Soothing, protecting, age-defying and oil-minimizing? Yes, please. All of these features, plus its potential to improve elasticity and moisture retention, make green tea extract an essential for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin. Are you ready to try Juice Beauty’s best anti-blemish products?

Find this antioxidant in: Blemish Clearing Salicylic Acid Serum

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a dual-action favorite that’s considered to be both an antioxidant and an emollient. Therefore, it’s a must-have for retaining moisture, soothing and calming, evening skin texture and preventing oxidative damage. Basically, it’s a defender against all the dreary things that could potentially happen to your skin, and we love Vitamin E for it. It also enhances the powers of other antioxidants, especially Vitamin C, by stabilizing and boosting their efficacy.

While Vitamin E is generally not recommended for those with super oily, sensitive, or acne-prone skin, millions of beauty enthusiasts consider it a lifesaver in their everyday routine. This antioxidant is generally well-tolerated and works wonders in reducing inflammation and protecting the skin barrier​, making it a harmonious option for most.

Find this antioxidant in: Antioxidant Serum


Also known as Vitamin B3, niacinamide is the restorative antioxidant that everybody needs in their natural skin care products. It’s celebrated for its ability to reinstate cellular energy, repair free radical damage, strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier and more. And it’s not just more internally healthy skin you’ll get when you incorporate niacinamade into your routine. But also a brighter, smoother, and more protected complexion than you could have ever imagined.

You know those external stressors that niacinamide shields your skin from? You’re now at less of a risk for fine lines, dark spots, and other premature signs of aging. This antioxidant is also believed to prevent pigment transfer within the skin, giving you effortlessly glowing skin, while improving moisture retention for less inflammation and a vastly improved skin texture. The bottom line? It’s an unsung hero antioxidant that does it all, and sensitive skin types in particular will become obsessed with niacinamide.


Resveratrol, found in the skin of grapes, is a potent antioxidant that Juice Beauty has made one of their organic skin care specialties. It’s featured in the full Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle collection, with age-defying ingredients like fruit stem cells and Vitamin C being infused into a resveratrol-rich grape formula for unparalleled results.

This antioxidant helps to boost collagen production, decrease redness, and improve skin elasticity for a smoother and more youthful complexion. Resveratrol's ability to combat free radical damage has the potential to aid both the prevention and smoothing of fine lines. Therefore, making it a grand choice for those in any age range.

Whether you’re in your 20s hoping to prolong your youthful complexion, a 50-something looking to smooth a few wrinkles, or anything in between, Resveratrol is your new best friend. Need more proof? Just look at the numbers! In a study by those who used our Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer, 88% reported both a reduction in the look of fine lines around the eye area, along with an improvement in skin tone and radiance.

Additionally, a whopping 100% of people who used Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum reported a luxurious texture after 4 weeks. Meanwhile, 95% said that their skin appeared younger and more smooth. You can’t argue with these results, and it’s all thanks to a certain antioxidant called Reservatrol.

Find this antioxidant in: Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Retinol Overnight Serum

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

CoQ10 is the go-to antioxidant for those hoping to preserve and replenish cell energy. By shielding the skin at the molecular level from harmful UV rays and free radical damage, you’ll reduce the possibility of premature aging and say goodbye to fine lines, once and for all. CoQ10 works even better in combination with other antioxidants like Vitamin E, enhancing its protective and reparative effects for rejuvenated skin inside and out.

Find this antioxidant in: Stem Cellular Retinol, Bio-Retinol, Peptides Solution Kit

Antioxidant Do’s and Don’ts

Even the best things in life (and also skincare) have their limitations, and antioxidants are no exception. To ensure that your skin is always protected and properly cared for, and never overwhelmed, it’s essential to follow these antioxidant do’s and don’ts for your skincare routine:


Use Vitamin C in the morning

Don’t wait too long to apply the best Vitamin C beauty products, as incorporating them into your morning routine can be a game-changer. This potent antioxidant neutralizes free radicals and boosts the effectiveness of organic sunscreens, providing twice the protection against UV damage throughout the day.

Combine antioxidants

One of our favorite antioxidant duos? Vitamin C and Vitamin E, which work together seamlessly to shield your skin against environmental stress. Juice Beauty is also fond of Resveratrol and Niacinamide, which doubles up the protection and age defying powers to give your skin the love it deserves.

Apply antioxidants before SPF

Antioxidant skincare isn’t just about lathering on, but also layering to maximize results for your complexion. That means applying your favorites — including Vitamin C, Niacinamide, and more — before your organic sunscreens to create a comprehensive defense system​. One that shields against free radical damage and UV rays like a dream.

Store antioxidants properly

Antioxidants, especially Vitamin C, can become unstable and lose their potency if not stored correctly. Keep your antioxidant serums in a cool and dark place, like the fridge or in a bathroom cabinet, and seal tightly to maintain efficiency.


Avoid mixing Vitamin C and Retinol

We love Vitamin C, and we also adore Retinol. However, blending them in your antioxidant skincare routine is a big no-no. These two potent ingredients can cause irritation when used together due to their different pH levels. To avoid this, use Vitamin C in the morning and Retinol at night, giving each ingredient their time to shine without causing unneeded stress on your skin.

Stop overusing antioxidants

Even the best things in life and organic skin care must be used in moderation, including antioxidants. Stick to no more than two of this ingredient category at once during your AM or PM routine to avoid breakouts and maintain complexion balance.

Don’t ignore your skin type

Not all antioxidants are created equal for every skin type. For example, those with sensitive skin may want to avoid ferulic acid or highly potent formulations like pure Vitamin C. Instead, opting for gentler derivatives like sodium ascorbyl phosphate.
Additionally, oily-skinned-individuals may want to steer clear of, or at least take it easy on the Vitamin E. While it’s an extremely powerful antioxidant, this substance is also an oil-soluble vitamin that can be heavy and greasy, potentially clogging pores and leading to breakouts.
Never forget to hydrate
Certain antioxidants, especially those found in exfoliating acids like AHAs and BHAs, can be drying for your skin. Always follow up with a natural face moisturizer or hydrating antioxidant serum to keep your skin feeling supple.

Juice Beauty & Antioxidant Skincare

How Juice Beauty Utilizes Antioxidants

For nearly two decades, Juice Beauty has harnessed the power of antioxidant skincare unlike any other beauty brand on the market. Our certified organic ingredients are far higher in antioxidants than their conventional counterparts — from their beginnings on our farm to the laboratory in which they’re transformed into your favorite natural skincare.

What sets Juice Beauty products apart? Our chemists begin with an organic botanical juice base filled with nourishing ingredients like aloe, jojoba, or grape seed — never tap water. From there, they add a variety of age-defying, smoothing, and hydrating ingredients into the mix for an organic solution to nearly any skincare issue.

Since we don’t use fillers like petroleum glycols or H2O, our products are packed with nutrients from our Northern California farm so that every antioxidant-packed drop can nourish your skin. According to a study conducted by The Organic Center, organically farmed produce can increase antioxidant levels by nearly 30% compared to those grown on conventional farms.

For instance, let’s take our Green Apple Brightening Starter Kit. In a study, our Green Apple Age Defy Serum performed on average 2.7 times, a whopping 168%, better at providing antioxidant protection than a leading conventional serum AND a top natural serum. The numbers say it all with our penchant for near-perfect antioxidant skincare.

Therefore, you can always trust our Green Apple, Phyto-Pigments, and Signal Peptides collections, among others, to provide an antioxidant-packed punch. There’s also our exclusive Farm To Beauty™ Supergrape complex, which uses some of the highest antioxidant levels in the world to create a one-of-a-kind complexion for our longtime supporters. Are you ready to discover the skin-healing superpowers of our moisturizers, peels, serums and more?

Using Antioxidants in Your Organic Skincare Routine

Your Antioxidant Skincare Routine from Juice Beauty

While you should listen to your skin, Juice Beauty products are made with only certified organic ingredients to ensure maximum compatibility and major results for most skin types. Here are our suggestions for your AM and PM ritual:

Morning Routine

Evening Routine

Antioxidant Skincare Tips and Tricks

Layering Your Antioxidant Skincare Products

Cleanse first

Always start with thoroughly cleansed skin before applying any organic skin care products. This allows for better absorption of antioxidants.

Thin to thick

Consistency is key in your antioxidant skincare routine. Start with thinner products like gels and serums before lathering on your go-to creams.

Allow absorption time

Give each product a minute or two to absorb before applying the next layer. This helps prevent pilling and ensures each product penetrates effectively.

Don't overdo it

Avoid layering too many products at once. Stick to a few key antioxidant products to prevent irritation and ensure each one works to the best of its ability.

Never skip sunscreen

We can’t stress this enough…there’s never an excuse to skip out on sunscreen. Especially when you have an arsenal of organic SPF essentials from Juice Beauty at your fingertips. Pick your favorite for sun protection and a subtle glow.

The Importance of Antioxidant Skincare

Antioxidants are the holy grail ingredients of skincare — offering everything from protection and glow to exfoliation and smoothing. And as impressive as they are, Juice Beauty has taken antioxidants to the next level with certified organic ingredients and a groundbreaking blend of science and skincare.

With our products on your beauty shelf, you’re always guaranteed the highest levels of antioxidants with clinically-validated results to back them up. From Vitamin C’s brightening effects to Resveratrol’s anti-aging properties and beyond, each antioxidant plays a distinctive role in keeping your skin healthy and safe.

Throughout this guide, we’ve discussed the ins and outs of antioxidant skincare and how you can best make it work for you. But in truth, you simply need to watch your skin transformation in real time to understand their revolutionary effects. As you embark on your journey towards a healthier complexion, your born-again skin is a reflection of what you put in it….

AKA, the best antioxidants. Don’t forget that the power of Vitamin C, Niacinamide, and Reservatrol lies in their consistent use and the quality of the products you choose. And Juice Beauty’s dedication to clean, effective skin care ensures that you are investing in products that truly make a difference. Ready to give your skin the protection and antioxidant perfection it deserves?


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