Posted on February 25th, 2011
More and more evidence emerges every single day about the power of antioxidants. Antioxidants reduce environmental damage from sources such as the sun and pollution, inhibit free-radical damage and improve our general health – and the health and appearance of our skin.
Researchers now know that free-radical damage plays a significant role in aging and disease (in fact many scientists consider aging as a disease). Antioxidants are one of the best ways to slow the impact of free-radical damage.
When it comes to our skin, free-radical damage causes collagen to break down. Overtime, this results in the appearance of wrinkles. A good skincare product should contain antioxidants to prevent (at least partly) free radical damage to our skin. Research shows that antioxidants can increase collagen production, improve skin elasticity, reduce sun damage and create healthier, younger looking skin.
There are lots of different antioxidants out there, including vitamin C, green tea, grape extract, and many others with names I can’t even pronounce! It’s good to opt for a skincare product that contains a mix of several antioxidants, and it’s important that those antioxidants are stable and that the packaging does not allow air and light to damage the product.
In addition to applying topical antioxidant serums, it’s a good idea to include as many antioxidants in our diet as possible. Those will not just protect and enhance our health, but will also have a positive effect on our skin.
When using antioxidants, it’s important to keep expectations in check. If you’re 40, you will not look 22! But after a few months of using antioxidants, especially if the rest of your lifestyle is healthy (plenty of water and sleep, a healthy diet, regular exercise), you can expect to look the best that YOU can look at this point in your life.