What Is An Antioxidant And How Do They Help My Skin?

Antioxidants are often regarded as a must have in a skin care regime. This can be thanked to their capabilities in helping with the signs of skin ageing. These molecules keep the balance of free radical production in the body at a healthy level and daily use in your skin care could mean skin won't just look better but be healthier in general. [2]

 

Balancing the body

The body creates compounds known as free radicals to fight viruses in our system, however an over production of these can have a counter effect. This overproduction has been linked to several illnesses. There for the body needs antioxidants to keep free radicals at a healthy level.

Environmental factors like radiation from the sun, pollution and toxic chemicals can trigger formation of free radicals, so integrating antioxidants into your skin care can help your body stay in balance. [3]

 

Antioxidants and skin care benefits

Antioxidants can help:

  • Correct signs of ageing- antioxidants can help prevent and correct visible signs of ageing

  • Prevent sunburn- by reducing the inflammatory response to the sun’s harmful rays

  • Aid skin repair - by reducing inflammation it allows skin to repair itself better.

  • Brighten skin tone- in reducing sun damage, antioxidants can help prevent abnormal skin

    pigmentations.

  • Antioxidants may even help prevent skin cancer- antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C and E, have anti-carcinogenic properties [1]

 

Common Antioxidants in Skin Care

There are many different kinds of antioxidants available but some work better than others. However, all antioxidants are designed to protect the skin. These are some antioxidants that can be found in many skin care products:

1. VITAMIN C is one of the most studied antioxidants available on the market due to its skin benefits such as boosting collagen production and aiding in reducing dark spots.
2. RETINOL (VITAMIN A) works to tackle environmental factors that can cause signs of ageing. it does this by stimulating college production.
3. VITAMIN E is required for the proper function of many organs in the body, including the skin. Found in many skin care products used to hydrate the skin, its widely recognised for its ability to accelerate the skin’s healing process.
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[1]https://www.dermstore.com/blog/top_ten/antioxidants-in-skin-care/

[2]https://www.wellandgood.com/good-looks/antioxidants-for-skin-benefits/ [3]https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/antioxidants-explained#supplements