Antioxidants protect your skin by limiting the production of free radicals, which can damage skin cells. Antioxidants in skin care products can do a lot for the health and appearance of the skin, including the reducing the signs of aging. Your skin is your largest organ, so it is important to take care of it. Numerous skin treatments exist to help your rejuvenate your skin. Antioxidants can help protect your skin at a cellular level.
First, let me begin by very simply explaining what an antioxidant is going to do for your skin. Day in and day out the cells of our skin (the cells that produce pigment, or collagen for example) are being damaged. Sun exposure is something that is very damaging to the skin. So let’s say you got sun exposure and you got either a sun burn or a sun tan, you have now had sun damage to your skin. When this happens the cells in the skin are damaged. When this damage occurs it creates “free radicals” in the skin. A cell that was healthy is now no longer healthy because it is not functioning as it normally would and on top of that you have a “free radical” a scavenger that is going to now effect a healthy cell. Once this scavenger attaches itself to a healthy cell, this cell is no longer functioning normally because the free radical is now a part of it.
When you see pigment changes in the skin whether it’s your skin having white or brown spots, that is sun damage. That is the sign that the cells that produce pigment are no longer producing pigment in a normal way. These cells are no longer functioning normally because of the “free radical” scavengers that will be produced with something like sun exposure.
An antioxidant fights these “free radicals”, the scavengers in the skin that are destroying the healthy functioning of the skin. An anti “oxidant” is fighting the oxidation that occurs when these free radicals are produced.
Which Antioxidants are best for your skin?
Provides significant antioxidant benefits to the skin.
It is a potent antioxidant. Works well for treating wrinkles, dullness, brown spots. Considered an antiaging superstar.
A term used for the entire Vitamin A molecule. Retinal has a brilliant reputation for the skin. It increases collagen production, resulting in firmer skin and it improves the texture of the skin.
Green tea is a potent antioxidant, whether consumed orally or topically. A significant amount of research has established that tea- green, black and white has many benefits including antiaging. Look for green tea in moisturisers and in products for rosacea.
I hope you found this article on Antioxidants valuable. Next week I will dive into the topic of why it is important to have a laser hair removal consultation before you begin your laser treatments.
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