With antioxidants, is a separate one needed when so many products contain it now?

I'm currently trying out Neocutis Journee. Your notes on this product recommend using it over an antioxidant. I'm currently using it over the Skinceuticals Phloretic Gel, but am wondering if it's necessary to continue using an additional antioxidant since the Neocutis has antioxidants C and E already. What do you think? Thank you for your time. Amy

I can see how this could be confusing. The answer is that it’s still better to use a separate, high concentration antioxidant because the quality and concentration of antioxidants in most sunscreens, moisturizers, makeup, etc. is just not high enough to do much good and the word “antioxidant” is so loosely used. The term has become almost meaningless without knowing exactly “what” and exactly “how much.” Hope this makes sense.   Dr. I



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