Antioxidant Skin Care: How to Help Protect Your Skin From Free Radicals

Antioxidant Skin Care: How to Help Protect Your Skin From Free Radicals

Antioxidants are crucial in the fight against free radicals. Free radicals are tiny molecules can cause damage to our skin. One way to prevent surface skin damage from free radicals is through antioxidants because they can help neutralize the molecules and prevent them from potentially causing sings of aging in your body. Our bodies produce a limited amount of antioxidants, so it is important to try and consume, as well as apply antioxidants on a regular basis. You can do this through your skin care routine and diet. In this feature, we walk you through how antioxidants work  and how you can incorporate them into your lifestyle for beautiful, healthy-looking skin.

What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants sound like a complex scientific term, but you actually encounter them on a daily basis. First let’s talk chemistry. Antioxidants are molecules that can prevent the oxidation of free radicals. In your every day life you encounter oxidation, for example when you cut an avocado and it turns brown, it has oxidized.

The purpose of antioxidants are to neutralize free radicals so that they won’t destroy healthy skin cells. While your body produces some antioxidants, you can help your skin by incorporating them into your diet and skincare routine.  . Here’s how:

Antioxidants in Skin Care
Many skin care products contain antioxidants such as vitamins C, E, A and Selenium.  Incorporating these products into your daily skin routine will help your skin fight free radicals.

Vitamin C is considered to be one of the most effective antioxidants. It also can be a great option for minimizing he appearance of wrinkles and improving skin’s radiance [because of its hydrating properties?}. To reap the full benefits of Vitamin C in creams, serums or gels make sure that product has minimal exposure to sunlight and also only has a small opening as air exposure can interfere with Vitamin C’s efficiency.

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that protects surface skin from damage through oxidation. It’s the perfect complement to Vitamin C and together the two are the ingredients you should be looking for in moisturizing skin care products.

Vitamin A, also known as retinol or pro-retinol, is thought of as an incredible weapon in the fight against the signs of skin aging. Retinol helps with skin elasticity and can help make your skin appear firmer with an enhanced barrier protection.. A multitude of products contain retinol in them — look out for this ingredient in serums or creams.  

Selenium can help maintain your skin’s elasticity. Many creams contain selenium and you should try to use this ingredient in your every day life.  

Antioxidants in Food
Antioxidants are also found in many different types of foods — your body can benefit from consuming them several times a week. Vitamin A can be found in vegetables and fruits such as carrots, pumpkin and mango. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits or vegetables such as kale and tomatoes. Vitamin E can be found in nuts, seeds and oils. Selenium is found in proteins like red meat, chicken, pork and eggs. If you want to have an antioxidant-rich diet, try to incorporate these foods into your meals with a particular emphasis on fruits and vegetables.

We hope that you’ve learned how important antioxidants are in the fight against free radicals. While you can’t do much about free radicals coming into contact with your skin, antioxidants can act as a protective shield by helping to neutralize them and  damage our skin and bodies.