How antioxidants work . . .
If you’re looking for the “fountain of youth,” antioxidants may be your answer to a more youthful, glowing skin.
Antioxidants are substances that delay or stop oxidizing agents from damaging the cells in your body. Oxidation breaks down collagen and obstructs the skin’s natural repair process, resulting in loose skin, wrinkles, acne breakouts and blotchy skin.
Not only do antioxidants fight the elements that cause the signs of aging, antioxidants help to prevent sunburn, reduce aging spots, brighten skin tone and increase the skin’s moisture retention.
Which antioxidants are the crème de la crème?
There are many wonderfully effective antioxidants, but the stand-out winners each have exceptional capabilities in protecting and enhancing your skin – knowing these can make it so much easier to shop for the best skin care products for you.
5 choice antioxidants:
- VITAMIN C
A long-time favorite, vitamin C maintains its position at the top of the list. As well as being a free radical scavenger, vitamin C reduces inflammation, protects against UV damage, boosts collagen production and fades dark spots – all vital for youthful skin.
- RETINOL (Vitamin A)
Retinol is a powerful antioxidant for fighting environmental factors that cause premature skin aging. A derivative of vitamin A, this time-proven anti-aging ingredient deeply penetrates the skin, facilitating the formation of collagen. Retinol exfoliates the skin, improves age spots, smooths fine lines and wrinkles, and brightens skin tone over time.
- VITAMIN E
Not only is Vitamin E (or tocopherol) necessary for the proper functioning of many organs, it is super-beneficial for the skin, having the ability to speed up the skin’s healing process. It engages against sun damage, decreases the risk of skin cancer, and is an amazing hydrator for soft and nourished skin.
CoenzymeQ10 (or ubiquinone) has become one of the most widely known supplements for heart health, increased energy and clarity of mind. But it does more than that! As we age, our bodies slowly lose CoQ10, resulting in more wrinkles and dark spots. Applied to the skin, CoQ10 helps combat free radical damage, helps stimulate collagen production, and improves elasticity for smooth, age-defying skin.
- GREEN TEA
Green tea contains polyphenols – micronutrients in certain plant-based foods. Polyphenols are chock-full of antioxidant and anti-inflammation properties that decrease the breakdown of collagen. Green tea promotes DNA repair, helps treat puffy eyes and dark circles, and unclogs pores (which helps clear up acne).
What’s the most advantageous way to use antioxidants? The more the merrier! When the finest antioxidants are combined to work together in a skin product, the results can be amazing!