Antioxidants are extremely beneficial to your health. Not only can you tap into their power by eating them (think superfoods like goji berries and pomegranate), but you can also benefit from them in your skin care products. They are like revitalizing soldiers, helping to combat the elements responsible for signs of aging.
According to a study published by the Pharmacognasy Review, overexposure to damaging UV rays can lead to the formation of free radicals in the deep layers of the skin. These free radicals can disrupt the collagen responsible for skin elasticity and plumpness, contributing to the aging process.
So, when you think about protecting your skin from sun damage, SPF is only half the battle. For more complete protection, turn to the power of antioxidants. A couple of their benefits include shutting down free radicals before they can destroy collagen and also protecting your skin from non-UV offenders like pollution. Since your face has the biggest chance of sun exposure, even in the Winter, it’s important to find antioxidant-rich products that you can easily add to your skin care routine.
Here are three essential antioxidants that will give your skin a healthy-looking appearance:
Vitamin E
Also known as tocopherol, vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that efficiently limits the damage from free radicals. When you’re heading out into the sun, it’s best to look for a sunscreen that also has powerful antioxidants like All Over Sunscreen SPF 30. Made with effective mineral non-nano zinc oxide, it blends smoothly into your skin without leaving white streaks. It’s loaded with hydrating vitamin E and antioxidant-rich green tea and blood orange extracts to fight off free radicals. At night, try the No. 2 Plumping Facial Mask, formulated with vitamin E and skin-nourishing peony root, to perk up your complexion.
Vitamin C
Essential for collagen biosynthesis, vitamin C has been proven to help to reduce the appearance of dark spots and create a more even-toned complexion. To soak up the benefits and enjoy a refreshing experience, try No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil. Packed vitamin C, marula oil will soften, protect, and brighten skin, while meadowfoam seed oil locks in moisture, leaving you ready to bask in luxurious hydration.
Green Tea
For the tea drinkers out there, you’re probably well aware of the health perks of downing your favorite brew, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the antioxidant benefits from this leaf by applying it to your skin. This skin-conditioning agent works to calm redness and irritation. Made with green tea leaf extract and calming chamomile flower oil, Rejuvenating Radiance Serum was designed to help even skin tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and improve firmness. Plus, the gentle formula is perfect for daily use.
If you want to give your skin and body the benefits of antioxidants from head to toe, don’t just load up in the fruit aisle. For maximum results, include a topical application of antioxidants that help to fight UV damage, ward off the effects of pollution to your skin, kick free radicals to the curb, and leave your skin glowing.
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