19 Feb Need to Know Antioxidants are for Anti-Ageing
What’s the big deal about antioxidants and specifically, as we age, why are they such an important part of any effective anti-aging skin care regimen?
In simple terms, antioxidants help clean up the damage caused by free radicals. What are free radicals you ask? Electrons work in pairs and a free radical is basically an unpaired electron.By donating one of their electrons, antioxidant molecules fix free radicals so that they are no longer unpaired.
While antioxidants (specifically Vitamin E, C and A) are abundant in the right types of food, applying them directly to your skin is very effective in combating the elements responsible for visible signs of aging, not to mention the added bonus of soothing your skin and making you look more fresh and radiant.
Here are my top antioxidants for skin care:
Vitamin C (also listed as ascorbic acid, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, and various other names)
Vitamin C serum is known to be effective in diminishing the look of fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, and uneven skin tone. Applied topically, it makes the skin appears smoother and firmer.
Vitamin E (often listed as tocopherol or tocotrienols).
Vitamin E is an extremely popular antioxidant that is often found in sunscreens due to its role in helping protect skin from damage caused by UV light exposure. It works even better in conjunction with Vitamin C so look for serums and moisturizers containing both.
This antioxidant can be found in red grapes, red wine, nuts, and fruits such as blueberries and cranberries. Another powerful barrier from negative environmental influences, this antioxidant is a winner in the anti-aging skincare department.
Retinol (Vitamin A)
Retinol has amazing anti-aging abilities. Among other things,Retinol can help with uneven skin tone, bumps, enlarged pores, rough surface texture, fine lines and wrinkles, and improving skin luminosity.
Green tea has incredible health benefits when consumed but applied topically it can do wonders as well. The key compound in green tea that provides the coveted antioxidants is epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG). EGCG is another powerful barrier, protecting the skin from negative environmental factors. Green tea also visibly soothes red areas due to its distinct calming qualities.
Don’t limit yourself to applying one of these amazing antioxidants. They produce stunning results when used in conjunction. Let me give you a free skincare consultation to assess the right course of action for you. Book your consultation today by calling us at 514-819-9070.