The Best Antioxidants For Your Skin - Part 2

Continuing to highlight the best antioxidants for your face, it’s important to reiterate their benefits, and why antioxidants should be a daily part of your routine.

Your skin is your largest breathing organ, and taking care of it is vital. Antioxidants protect against free radicals, which damage the skin, increase stress, and expedite the aging process. Four out of five of our wrinkles come from environmental damage, and antioxidants can radically reduce those effects.


Let’s take a look at additional antioxidants to consider in your skin care routine.

VITAMIN E

Known as the skin vitamin, Vitamin E is a nutrient that is known for strengthening the skin’s immunity and maintaining its health. Vitamin E helps the body eliminate free radicals, nourish and protect the skin, and heal burns, scars, and wounds.

While Vitamin E may seem like an individual antioxidant, that is not quite true. Vitamin E encompasses several fat soluble vitamins known as Tocopherols, and is found naturally in many carrier oils such as Apricot Kernel, Flaxseed, Canola, Palm, Poppyseed, Olive and Soy.

In addition to being an antioxidant, Vitamin E is also a known anti-inflammatory. Some studies show this antioxidant in helping relieve itching, redness, and irritation in skin conditions, as well as stabilizing Vitamin C, which lends to additional antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support.

RESVERATROL

Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes, and is also sourced in peanuts, pomegranates and berries. Resveratrol helps brighten, smooth, and soothe the skin by protecting it from UVB damage that causes hyperpigmentation, photodamage, and collagen degradation. Its potency neutralizes free radical damage and promotes healthy collagen production. Additionally, resveratrol helps diminish wrinkles and increase firmness similarly to how the regeneration process works that allows vines to live for such a long time.


In this study, resveratrol worked as an excellent sunscreen when applied topically to the skin of mice, who were exposed to ultraviolet radiation.

GREEN TEA

Green tea is a superstar ingredient with known Eastern origin that has been making its rightful way into the world of skincare. It fights DNA repair through its powerful antioxidant, EGCG, which combats the signs of aging. Green tea is an anti-inflammatory that reduces redness and irritation, and is also an anti-bacterial agent that helps to unclog pores and treat acne.

This antioxidant also treats dark circles and puffy eyes as it contains caffeine and tannins, which help to shrink blood vessels and promote healthy circulation. Lastly, Green Tea contains Vitamin E and B2, which are essential for healthy skin maintenance.


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Skin Anti-Aging Strategies

Let’s be honest. We are aging! Our skin shows the most obvious first signs, and there is much that goes into the complexities of skin health. This includes extrinsic (environmental damage, sun damage, and toxins), and intrinsic (cellular metabolism, and hormones) factors.

Skin health and beauty are considered the overall principle factors that represent health and well-being in humans, which makes for a very lucrative anti-aging industry. Thankfully we live in an innovative time where going under the knife is far from the only option.

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There are several anti-aging approaches:

Cosmetological care: Daily skin care, sun protection

Topical: Cell regulators and antioxidants

Invasive/Minimally Invasive Procedures: Chemical peels, IPL (Intense pulsed light), RF (radiofrequency), ablative and nonablative laser photo rejuvenation, injections and fillers

Systemic agents: Hormone replacement therapy, antioxidants

Avoiding extrinsic factors, making life style changes: smoking, pollution, sun exposure, stress, physical activity, control of health

As the above suggests, there are numerous options to approaching aging and skin health. Some are more immediate and require zero down-time, while others require more extensive healing and/or time to see noticeable results.

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The first, most important approach is a daily skin care routine. A daily routine is necessary in protecting against dehydration and environmental damage. In this article posted by Allure, we are reminded that our skin is our largest organ, and it must be taken care of as we would take care of the rest of our body with exercise. Topical antioxidants, which reduce inflammation, used in combination with sunscreens and retinoids help in preventing and even correcting wrinkle formation. I’ll dive more into this next week.

While aging is inevitable, the bottom line is that preventative approaches are at our fingertips. It is a personal journey, and definitely worth seeing a professional to gain the necessary knowledge and guidance that is best for your areas of concern. Most importantly, the journey should be fun and rewarding!

What are your favorite approaches? Great experiences, bad experiences? Let me know!