If you’ve read our product pages, you’ll know that we’re huge fans of antioxidants here at Dang! Lifestyle. But what exactly are they, and why do they matter?

Antioxidants are a group of naturally occurring compounds that defends our cells against free radicals. To understand antioxidants, we have to slightly brush up on free radicals.

Free radicals are molecules missing one or more electrons. They go around snatching electrons from other molecules that trigger cell damage. Excess free radicals cause oxidative stress, and this happens when exposed to excess sun, pollution, smoking, radiation, etc.

Here’s where antioxidants show up for a rescue. They also go around donating electrons to prevent free radicals from destroying our cells and cancel their process.

Even though free radicals get all the bad rep, they are surprisingly useful for us. They help our immune system fight bacteria so, they aren’t all bad but they are responsible for inflammation and prematurely aging your skin which is why antioxidants are so good at preventing or reducing the signs of aging.

Where can you find antioxidants?
Antioxidants are used in various skin care products like body oils, skin treatments, face cream, moisturizers, face masks, serums, etc.

Almost all vitamins are antioxidants, and it’s not surprising to see them in this category considering how much they work for our health & skin. Here are some examples of antioxidants:

Vitamin C: apart from protecting skin cells from free radicals, it also blocks the action of tyrosinase, an enzyme responsible for the production of melanin so, brown spots can not form on the skin thereby fading hyperpigmentation.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin with high antioxidant power. Because of this quality, it effectively safeguards cells from damage by free radicals. Additionally, it boosts collagen, helps fade dark spots, and reduces inflammation.

Ferulic acid: popularly used in anti-aging serums, ferulic acid is majorly used to boost the effectiveness of other vitamins like vitamins A, C & E.

Coenzyme Q10: CoQ10 helps prevent and repair damage caused by environmental pollution – the leading cause of aging before stress, diet, and exercise. Apart from these, it also supports the production of collagen and helps even out our skin tone.

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3): this vitamin offers a wide range of benefits to the skin. It hydrates the skin, lightens existing dark spots, smoothes wrinkles, and of course, fights free radicals.

Other antioxidants include phytoextracts (e.g white tea and green tea), retinol, flavonoids, omega-3 & omega-6 fatty acids, etc.

Top 5 reasons to add antioxidants to your skincare routine
To moisturize and calm inflammation
To brighten & even skin tone
To help firm the skin
To help improve scar appearance
To prevent & correct signs of aging

Apart from antioxidants, there are many anti-aging ingredients with amazing benefits. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, and mandelic acid. For added benefit, make sure your skincare products consist of some of these beneficial ingredients.


Carrier oils, also known as base oils, are oil derived from seeds, nuts, fruits, or plants. They are used to “carry” essential oils. Essential oils are primarily made from the distillation of aromatic leaves, flowers, barks, & roots of the plant and tend to be very powerful to be used alone. Carrier oils are used to dilute the essential oils to eliminate possible side effects, increase absorption, and ensure they stay longer because essential oils on their own are highly volatile.

TYPES OF CARRIER OILS & THEIR COMEDOGENIC RATING

The list is extensive but, we will highlight some in this post. Some of these oils are highly comedogenic (they clog pores), some are moderate, while some do not clog pores at all e.g hemp seed oil.

Comedogenic Scale

The scale uses a numbering system of 0 to 5. Here’s how the numbers rank on the scale:

  • 0 – won’t clog pores at all
  • 1 – very low likelihood of clogging pores
  • 2 – moderately low likelihood
  • 3 – moderate likelihood
  • 4 – fairly high likelihood
  • 5 – high likelihood of clogging pores

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a perfect choice for carrier oils. Although they are heavy, their fantastic benefits make them ideal for essential oils. Be sure to choose fractionated coconut oil which is liquid at room temperature, unlike regular coconut oil.

Best for dry skin.

Comedogenic rating: 4 – high likelihood of clogging pores.

Grapeseed Oil

The byproduct of the winemaking process. This lightweight oil is easily absorbed by the skin hence a good choice for a carrier oil.

Best for all skin types.

Comedogenic rating: 1 – very low likelihood of clogging pores.

Moringa Oil

Moringa oil helps to restore and defend the skin from pollutants and signs of aging. Due to the long shelf life of this non-greasy oil, it is often used as a carrier oil for massage oils & cosmetics.

Best for dry & combination skin.

Comedogenic rating: 3-4 – moderate/fairly high likelihood of clogging pores

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is a wax ester used in aromatherapy. It helps balance the skin and absorbs easily. This ability makes it a good choice as a carrier oil.

Best for all skin types including oily/acne-prone.

Comedogenic rating: 2 – moderately low likelihood of clogging pores.

Olive Oil

Though it can be heavy, oily, and strong-scented, Olive oil is a great carrier oil because it’s packed with fatty acids (used in moisturizers) & plant sterols (used in cleansers).

Best for dry & acne-prone skin.

Comedogenic rating: 2- moderately low likelihood of clogging pores.

Hemp Seed Oil

Derived from the hemp seed but contains no THC (the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis), the hemp seed oil is an excellent carrier oil with antiaging properties.

Hemp seed oil is equally great for hair care. It naturally reduces scalp inflammation and acts as leave-in hair conditioner.

Best for all skin types including oily/acne-prone.

Comedogenic rating: 0 – won’t clog pores at all

Sunflower Oil

Used in massage oils & general skin care, sunflower oil is a perfect carrier oil that is highly absorbent, hydrating & softens the skin.

Best for all skin types

Comedogenic rating: 0-2 – moderately low likelihood of clogging pores.

Rosehip Oil

Rosehip is rich in essential linoleic acid that has been shown to have anti-viral, antibacterial & antifungal properties making it a perfect carrier for oils.

Best for all skin types including oily/acne-prone.

Comedogenic rating: 1 – very low likelihood of clogging pores.

HOW TO CHOOSE CARRIER OILS

Buy cold-pressed, pure, and preservative-free oils from a brand you trust. Cold-pressed oils are extracted without chemicals and heat so, they retain their nutrients. Also, consider your skin type, the odor of the oil, and absorption rate before choosing a carrier oil. Carrier oils are also safe to use alone.

HOW TO MIX CARRIER OILS

Because skincare is about finding out what works for you, if you feel that mixing a variety of carrier oils suits your need, you are free to do so. When mixing oils, dilute 2.5% – 10% essential oil with 97.5% – 90% carrier oil. For children, use not more than 1% essential oil to 99% carrier oil.

SUMMARY

Carrier oils are the safest way to use essential oils and because of their amazing benefits, you get more nutrients!

Always do a patch test before using a new skincare product liberally. Also, store carrier oils in a cool, dark place and keep them in a dark glass bottle to prevent rancidity.

 


Wondering why your smooth skin goal seems farther than ever? You could be doing one of the DON’Ts of healthy-looking skin. Apart from using the right product, it is important to make sure you are taking care of everything else that can make or break your skin like the don’t listed below.

Don’t: Use abrasive exfoliants.

Using exfoliants like sugar scrubs to remove dead skin cells causes skin tearing when scrubbed too hard, and because your skin should be treated gently, abrasive exfoliants will do more damage in the long run.

Do

Opt for chemical exfoliants that are gentle and take their time to work on the skin. Exfoliants such as AHAs and BHAs are excellent for all skin types as they aid in quick cell turn over which reveals newer, glowing skin.

Don’t: Use facial wipes as the only way to remove makeup.

Apart from smearing makeup all over your face in the process of using facial wipes, using it as your only method of removing makeup is a no-no because they do not remove all the dirt and grime accumulated during the day. They are not designed that way.

Do

Wash your face after using facial wipes. Treat your skin to a gentle face wash to complete your facial cleansing process.

Don’t: Avoid sunscreen.

Sunscreen is key to your skincare game. Without it, likely, you will not see returns in your skincare investment.

Do

Get a sunscreen at least SPF 30 as recommended by the American Academy of Dermatologists. Ensure to apply it every day you go out in the sun and remember to reapply every 90minutes.

Don’t: Avoid oily skincare products.

Having oily skin does not make you less than someone with dry or combination skin. Every skin has its own process so, avoiding a facial moisturizer/oil in an attempt to ‘dry out’ your oily skin or to reduce greasiness will do more harm.

Do

Embrace oily skincare products. Use them as you would if you had dry skin. The key is to ensure it actually delivers on its promise. If not, try another product.

Don’t: Follow your favorite celebrity’s recommended product.

Do this with caution because your favorite is paid to advertise the product. Your skin and theirs are different, and you most likely do not have the same skin problem and goal.

Do

Research. Find out what ingredient is used in making the product and if you are likely to react to it. Also, before using any new product on your face or body, do a spot test. Apply the product you wish to use on your inner wrist and wait 24 hours to see if you have a reaction before using liberally.

Don’t: Use a single pillowcase all through.

Your pillow has the closest contact to your face after your hands, and the quickest way to break out or soil your cleansed skin is through a dirty pillowcase and bed sheet.

Do

Ensure to change your pillowcase & bed sheet frequently. A clean sheet equals clean skin.

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