With the process of aging come natural side effects like thinner and less elastic skin. However, several factors cause skin to start aging at an accelerated pace. Premature skin aging is the result of free radical activity in the body during exposure to toxic elements like tobacco smoke, radiation, UV rays and tanning beds, or during the break-down of food in the system.
Antioxidants are substances that protect skin against these damaging free radicals in your body, available in several over-the-counter and prescription skin products. When choosing a good skincare product, there are certain antioxidants we can look for that can help our understanding of antioxidants.
Tocopherol (Vitamin E) is an antioxidant present in the skin and found in natural foods like vegetables, meat and seeds. It helps the skin look younger by increasing the production of collagen and reducing the appearance of wrinkles, lines and age spots. Skin derives better benefits from Vitamin E than from any other vitamin when used in topical treatments.
This is a very powerful antioxidant present in red fruits and vegetables, responsible for the red color. It increases production of collagen, reduces wrinkle-causing DNA damage and is a healthy choice for your diet. Daily supplements or skin care products containing this in topical formulas are a good option to maintain healthy skin.
This popular antioxidant not only boosts healthy skin but also fights heart disease, cancer and weight gain. Its secret ingredients are ‘catechins’ which are chemicals that clear cell damage, repairing wrinkles, blemishes and other impurities in the body. Green tea reduces sun damage and inflammation on skin, when applied externally. Choose green tea over black tea because it has five times the amount of catechins.
A popular ingredient in anti-aging formulas, it reduces wrinkles and skin damage by increasing collage production. Its anti-inflammatory properties reduce fine lines, thus leading to healthier, youthful looking skin.
This antioxidant acts as a special antitoxin in the body. Super antioxidant supplements like the Original Glutathione Formula™ elevate the body’s Glutathione levels, resulting in overall wellness, vitality and healthy skin.
Grape Seed extract from Vitis Vinifera is rich in proanthocyanidins, which are strong, potent antioxidants that work against free radical activity. Research shows that Grape Seed extract is stronger and fights free radical molecules better than Vitamins C and E.
Looking after your skin involves a nutritious diet, healthy supplements and effort. Regular exercise also promotes glowing skin as toxins are expelled through sweat. With all the information available, your journey to healthy, young skin can be a successful one.