Thee are thousands of different antioxidants. Each one with its own unique make up that helps support our bodies in one way or another. We get asked constantly why we do not use Vitamin C in our products.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant on its own. We love to eat vitamin C rich foods and ensure we get all the nutrition we can with every bite . But did you know that Vitamin C serums are actually very prone to oxidation? In the form of a serum, Vitamin C can act as something called a pro-oxidant, the opposite of an antioxidant. An antioxidant is a molecule that prevents oxidation from occurring, a pro-oxidant does the reverse. Inducing oxidative stress and inhibiting antioxidant systems. 100% not what you want occurring on your skin!
Knowing this we went searching for some of the most powerful antioxidants around. Ones that are stable and enduring and nourish skin with true healing prowess.
Hydroxytyrosol: Derived from the ever powerful Olive Leaf, this dreamy antioxidant can do it all. It has one of the highest know ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) results known for a natural antioxidant. Anti Inflammatory, antimicrobial, protective and immensely strong. This ingredient is not one to overlook.
Glutathione: This little bad ass ingredient is one of our super stars. Gluathione is a natural antioxidant found naturally in human cells. It can neutralize free radicals, detoxify the body and boost the immune system! A powerhouse of gentle loving for the skin.
Hydroxmatairesinol: Featured in our Rapid Repair Clarifying Elixir. A powerful antioxidant that is rich in lignans and polyphenolic compounds, which fight against a multitude of different ROS and free radicals.
10 drops of Norwegian Spruce contains the same concentration of lignans as the following:
50 cups of green tea
100 cups of tomatoes
510 cups of lettuce
1800 cups of apples
70 cups of oranges
150 cups of onions
77 cups of oats
40 cups of kiwis
50 cups of strawberries
160 cups of cabbage
40 cups of cabbage
40 cups of cherries
Powerful antioxidants 24X more than Flaxseed.
Sit with that for a moment. Norwegian Spruce is pretty much magic.
Tannic Acid: Tannic Acid or Tannins are polyphenolic compounds that can be found all around plant world and are believed to provide in plants, a chemical defense against predators and ultraviolet radiation.They have two epic categories:
1. Hydrolysable Tannins (HTs) which include gallotannins and ellagotannins,
Condensed Tannins (CTs), proanthocyanidins.
2. These plant polyphenols are potent antioxidants that may protect against free radical damage caused by exposure to UV light and, in turn, reduce the risk of skin cancer and premature aging.
Tannins are found commonly in the bark of trees, wood, leaves, buds, stems, fruits, seeds and roots. In all of these plant structures. We truly always aim to find the meeting ground between science and nature and Tannins help us do it!
Superoxide Dismutase: This little beauty has the ability to reduce free radical damage in the skin, therefore preventing wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots.Note that we say, prevent. We love seeing you all age with such grace. Our products and ingredients are simply a ritual to loving yourself.
So there it is. Our why to not using Vitamin C serum and instead utilizing some of the most pontent antioxidants on the globe!