The Importance of Antioxidants
We’ve all heard about antioxidants, but do you know what they really are and how they can benefit your skin? Well, according to Rhonda Klein of Connecticut Dermatology Group, “Antioxidants protect the skin by limiting free radical production, which can damage the skin. With daily use, they can reduce lentigines (sun spots), help combat visible signs of aging and calm skin inflammations. Several antioxidants provide the skin with hydration and increase moisture retention to help revitalize dull-looking skin.” Sound good? Let’s talk about the science behind them, and the importance of antioxidants.
What are they?
Antioxidants are substances that can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals; unstable molecules that the body produces as a reaction to environmental and other pressures. They are sometimes called “free-radical scavengers.” The sources of antioxidants can be natural or artificial. Certain plant-based foods are thought to be rich in antioxidants.
How can antioxidants benefit your skin?
- Antioxidants can be anti-aging
Oxidative stress breaks down collagen, hinders skin’s natural repair process and triggers inflammation. This damage appears on the skin as fine lines, wrinkles, loose skin and blotchy tone. By scavenging free radicals, antioxidants can help prevent this from happening.
- Antioxidants help prevent sunburn.
Antioxidants have anti inflammatory properties and they blunt your skin’s responses to the sun’s rays. This means they prevent sunburn and provide enhanced protection against sun damage.
- Antioxidants help to repair the skin itself.
Due to the fact that antioxidants reduce inflammation, the skin cant repair itself anf correct damage that has been done. Did you know that some antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, stimulate collagen production, making your skin look youthful and fresh.
- Antioxidants help brighten skin tone.
Free radicals and frequent sun exposure can also trigger changes in our skin’s melanin production. This can cause dark spots and uneven skin tone. Antioxidants can prevent abnormal skin pigmentation and can inhibit melanin production.
So, in short, it is important to know what antioxidants are and where you can find them. You can incorporate them into your routine artificially or naturally. Knowing the amazing benefits that they can have on your skin, why not give them a go?