Our Rating: 4 stars

Courtesy of TIA, I have been testing the Michael Todd True Organics Antiox Serum ($37 in the shop) with DMAE and alpha lipoic acid. I’ve always thought of an antioxidant serum as one to be applied in the morning, before any others, in hopes of minimizing free-radical damage during the day. Typically, each morning I apply an antioxidant serum before my “treatment” serum. 

The Michael Todd serum includes the ingredient retinyl palmitate, which should not be used during the day. Recent studies have shown that when exposed to sunlight, retinyl palmitate becomes carcinogenic. So, I’ve opted to use this serum as an evening antioxidant serum underneath my treatment serum and other products.

To be honest, I’ve never used an antioxidant serum in the evening, so I looked online to find out the optimal time of day to use an antioxidant serum. I couldn’t find much information, but I did run across a video by dermatologist, Dr. Neal Schultz. The doctor said that topical antioxidants were most effective when used at night. Apparently, during the day they work like a sponge to absorb and neutralize free radicals being created on the skin’s surface by the environment (sun, pollution), but they are eventually destroyed by the sun before reaching our cells. If you apply it in the evening (when there is no sunlight to destroy them), they have a chance to get inside the cells and will be there the next morning to help protect the cells from damage.

The first thing I noticed about this serum was the potent scent. The fragrance is provided through various essential oils (sweet orange, mandarin, lemon, lime, tangerine) and not added fragrance. I’m particularly sensitive to scents, but I seem to have adjusted to the scent after a few uses. It doesn’t really bother me now. Specifically, when I say that I’m sensitive to smells, it is because I am prone to migraines. Some migraine sufferers have a sensitivity to strong smells, which can bring on a migraine. So even if something smells wonderful, I can still have an adverse reaction. For those that don’t get migraines, the scent of this product is probably very enjoyable.

The serum is an amber-colored liquid, which spreads nicely across the face. This formula includes a host of nourishing ingredients and free-radical fighters. The ingredients deck reads like a multivitamin for the face, including vitamins A (beta carotene and retinyl palmitate), B3 (niacinamide), B5 (panthenol), C, E, Coq10, and alpha lipoic acid.

After using the Antiox Serum with DMAE for the last six weeks, I am happy to report that my skin looks refreshed. I believe that using such a serum is akin to using a multivitamin, but for the skin. By using a topical antioxidant, we should be able to minimize future damage caused by environmental factors, diet, etc. I would recommend this serum to others. I will finish up my bottle and continue to use a topical antioxidant serum in the p.m., as well as the a.m.

Ingredients: Rosa Damascena (Rose) Distillate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Juice, Propylene Glycol, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), Emulsifying Wax Nf, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Organic Bilberry) Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Acer Saccharinum (Organic Sugar Maple) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Organic Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Auranium Dulcis (Organic Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Organic Lemon) Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Organic Cranberry) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), Phenoxyethanol, Coq10 (Coenzyme Q10), Beta Carotene (Pro Vitamin A), Retinol Palmitate (Vitamin A), Alpha Lipoic Acid, Dl- Thioctic Acid, D-Calcium Pantothenate (Panthenol Vitamin B5), Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Daucus Carota (Carrot) Oil, Lecithin, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil, Citrus Deliciosa (Mandarin) Essential Oil, Citrus Limonium (Lemon) Essential Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Essential Oil, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Essential Oil, Litsea Cubeba (Litsea) Essential Oil, Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Essential Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Essential Oil, Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum), Sodium Benzoate, Glucolactone, Citric Acid