Why Are Antioxidants Good For The Skin?
In this blog, we have a lot of times talked about the benefits of antioxidants for the skin and how important it is to both topically use antioxidant skin care products and to eat antioxidant foods not only to prevent premature aging but to have a healthier skin as well.
The fact that nowadays there are so many threatening and damaging to our skin conditions makes the use of antioxidants even more necessary for our skin wellness and that is why companies are all the time trying to create even more powerful skin care formulas that are enriched with potent antioxidants.
Free Radicals and Skin Aging
Free radicals are small and unstable oxygen molecules that attack healthy body cells, unbalance and oxidize them, gradually leading to their premature death.
The reasons for the creation of free radicals in our bodies are many and threaten our wellbeing daily. Some of those that are at the top of the list are exposure to the UV as well as infrared radiation, smoking, environmental pollution, intense stress and dietary toxins.
With all these dangers around, it is not difficult to understand that our body cells are quite vulnerable to being affected by free radicals and therefore aging since the natural defence mechanisms our bodies have and the existing antioxidants reserve are simply not enough.
In that case, some extra antioxidants can surely help. But what can they exactly do for the skin? Let´s see!
Benefits of Antioxidants for the Skin
Antioxidants work by ¨deactivating¨ free radicals and therefore protecting human cells from the free radicals´ damage. That has a number of benefits for the skin as well which includes:
- Preventing Wrinkles from Forming: Antioxidants protect against oxidative stress. They also remove toxins, accelerate cell metabolism and help in the formation of collagen.
- Offering Sun Protection and Repairing Sun Damaged Skin: The filters of the sunscreens we buy offer UVA and UVB protection while they can also protect against skin premature aging and even skin cancer. But what happens with the UVC radiation that is also damaging to the skin and penetrates deeper than UVA into it contributing to the formation of free radicals? Sunscreens that are enhanced with antioxidants have been proven to increase the level of protection against UVC radiation as well.
- Protecting against Skin Inflammation: Skin inflammation is one other reason of premature aging. Inflammation can be caused by sun exposure, bad diet, smoking, environmental pollutants, excessive stress and even aggressive, harsh or bad quality skin care products. Antioxidants have been proven not only to fight skin inflammation but also boost the skin cells´ defensive abilities against all the above daily skin threats.
How to Use Antioxidants
TopicallyThe insufficiency of the antioxidants´ reserve in our body can be partly reversed by the topical application of specialized skin care products that contain potent antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, E as well as lycopene, resveratrol, Coenzyme Q10, alpha lipoic acid, glutathione, selenium, ferulic acid, polyphenols and more.
Still, there are some things that you need to bear in mind if you want your antioxidant products to be more effective:
Level of antioxidant stability: Antioxidants are sensitive to the air and light so the products that contain antioxidants can easily oxidize. Buying antioxidant serums in dark glass bottles or moisturizers that are contained in tubes can help protect the content of your antioxidant products and therefore protect their level of effectiveness.
Synergistic effect: The antioxidant benefits of vitamin C serums are well known to people who want to protect their skin against various problems but researches have shown that when vitamin C is combined with vitamin E and even Ferulic Acid, their positive effects do multiply.
Which Antioxidant Foods are Good for the Skin?
A rich in healthy foods diet is another way to deal with the problem of insufficiency of antioxidants in our bodies and therefore protect our skin against premature aging.
There are a lot of natural foods that are rich in antioxidants and here we will give you an idea of some of them:
- Citrus fruits contain lots of vitamin C but did you know that Papaya and kiwi actually have more?
- Plums are rich in phenols that are potent antioxidants.
- Tomato contains antioxidant lycopene.
- Broccoli is rich in vitamin C, anthocyanins, which is a group of flavonoids, and phenols.
- Red grapes are an excellent source of resveratrol, a very powerful antioxidant.
- Sardine and Mackerel contain CoQ10, a strong antioxidant.
- Sea food is rich in selenium.
- Green Tea is a valuable source of polyphenols.
- Olive Oil contains a large amount of vitamin E.
In conclusion, using antioxidants both internally and externally is vital to having a healthy skin and preventing premature aging.
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