We can’t talk about antioxidants without talking about free radicals. These highly reactive molecules that trigger different reactions leading to skin damage.
We get free radicals from environmental factors like the sun, pollution, radiation and cigarette smoke. Our bodies can normally produce antioxidants. However, when there are more free radicals, our body accommodates to produce even more antioxidants leading to what is called ‘’Oxidative Stress’’. Oxidative stress results the breakdown of collagen which we notice as fine lines, wrinkles and acne. That is why antioxidants can save our skin this suffer in fighting free radicals and give it a more youthful glow.
A SUMMERY OF ANTIOXIDANTS BENEFITS ON YOUR SKIN
Antioxidants reduce inflammation and allow the skin repair itself and correct visible damage by stimulating collagen production. By their anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants prevent sun burn and provide protection against sun damage and photo-ageing caused by ultra violet rays.
Antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C and E have anti carcinogenic properties and may help preventing cancer. In addition, certain antioxidants such as Q-10 and CoQ-10 are great for use in eye creams as skin toners as they improve the skin health and rejuvenate its appearance.
WHICH ANTIOXIDANTS ARE THE BEST?
There is endless array of good and beneficial antioxidants but there are few that really do a great job with your skin.
There are eight forms of vitamin E, they are divided into natural and synthetic forms. The most typical forms are d-alpha-tocopherol and dl-alpha tocopherol. Research findings have shown that natural forma of vitamin E are more effective than the synthetic ones, but both have antioxidant effects that protect your skin.
Vitamin E defends the skin and protects it in different ways. It helps defending the skin from the stress caused by UV light exposure. Vitamin E has a more powerful synergistic effect when combined with vitamin C, both they improve the appearance of uneven skin tone and defences the skin against different environmental assaults. These two antioxidants play great together because vitamin C works on the surface level, while vitamin E goes deeper, giving you the best of both worlds! It is very essential to have vitamin E in your daily face serum.
Vitamin C is a very potent and effective antioxidant that works to diminish the wrinkles and fine lines of the skin. In addition, vitamin C has an essential role in toning and hydrating the skin to make it able to withstand the rigors of daily life. Having vitamin C is found in lips balms because of its ultimate hydrating effect, just make sure to have enough concentration of vitamin C in your lips product.
Amazingly, the benefits of vitamin C for skin aren’t limited to its antioxidant effects, its highly acidic features accelerate the production of collagen and elastin which help your skin keep plump and firm which prevents the premature ageing of the skin. In addition, vitamin C helps slowing down the melanin production, stopping the skin discoloration like dark spots and hyper-pigmentation.
This vitamin has a long and a strong reputation as one of the most extraordinary ingredients in different skincare products. It provides multiple benefits for almost every skin type. Vitamin A is used for different concerns, from skin tone, rough surface texture, wrinkles, bumps and fine lines. Its anti-ageing ability made this vitamin be found in every skincare product. Its effectiveness in softening the appearance of the red areas and unclogging congested pores, makes it perfectly suited with face hydrating products.
Importantly, vitamin A is essential to cell production and growth, that is why when your skin doesn’t get enough vitamin A you start notice signs of weakened skin, such as dryness and wounds. Vitamin A helps strengthening the barriers of the skin from harmful irritants that attack the surface. Turning on the cells responsible for making new collagen is the reason of using vitamin A for filling the fine lines giving your skin a smoother look.
It is very important to make sure that your products give your skin the right and enough types of antioxidants, you should always expect more from what you put on your face and body!