Dermatologists and skin care companies are abuzz with excitement over antioxidants. These natural substances protect cells from damage-inducing free radical molecules. Research has also shown that antioxidants can stimulate new skin cell growth. Because of these protective qualities, manufacturers are including antioxidants in more daily facial and body moisturizers as a soothing element for irritated skin and to safeguard against the sun's ultraviolet rays. A few antioxidant-rich ingredients to look for include green tea, pomegranate and resveratol [source: Wright].
Before you purchase a daily body moisturizer, check the ingredient list and see how far down that antioxidant-toting additive is. The lower on the ingredient list, the less of it there is and the less effective it will be. Consider aloe vera, for instance. Many people recognize its anti-inflammatory properties, but most cosmetics don't contain enough of it to make a substantial difference [source: Carlson, Eisenstat and Ziporyn].