Anti-oxidants should be a key component an anti-aging regimen for your skin. Anti-oxidants are mainly available in our food throught fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition to our diet, anti-oxidants are also available with skin care formulations that should be part of your daily skin care regimens.
Antioxidants protect the skin by reducing free radical production. Free radicals are molecules which damage the skin causing signs of aging. When used daily, anti-oxidants can reduce sun spots, help combat skin aging and inflammation of the skin. Several antioxidants provide the skin with hydration and increase moisture retention to help revitalize dull-looking skin.
Antioxidants and Free Radicals
Environmental factors like radiation from the sun, pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke and other toxic chemicals trigger the formation of free radicals. The science behind antioxidants is clear. Antioxidants on the skin fight free radical damage and and you’re your skin recover from oxidative stress.
The 5 Main Benefits of Antioxidants for Your Skin
- 1. Antioxidants improve and prevent signs of skin damage
Free radicals break down collagen causing the formation of fine lines, wrinkles, loose skin, acne breakouts and uneven skin tone. Antioxidants can help prevent and correct these visible signs and give skin a a healthier, younger appearance.
- 2. Antioxidants help prevent sunburn.
Antioxidants suppress inflammation of the skin response to the sun’s harmful rays, preventing sunburn and providing enhanced protection against sun damage and the aging effects that sun damage causes.
- 3. Antioxidants help your skin to repair itself.
Inflammation of the skin does not allow proper repair and healing of the skin. By reducing inflammation, antioxidants allow skin to repair itself and correct visible damage. Antioxidants promote collagen formation which is critical and maintaining youthful skin.
- 4. Antioxidants brighten skin tone.
Free radicals are formed from sun exposure can also triggering melanin production which leads to dark spots and uneven skin tone. By reducing the damage caused by the sun, antioxidants can help prevent irregular skin pigmentation.
- 5. Antioxidants may help prevent skin cancer.
Some antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C and E, have been shown to have anti-cancer properties.
The Best Antioxidants for Your Skin
There are many antioxidants available. A consultation with Dr. Petropoulos and the staff at Potomac Medical Aesthetics will help in choosing the right to antioxidant for your skin.
1. VITAMIN C
vitamin C boosts collagen production and helps reduce dark spots.
2. RETINOL/RETINOIC ACID (VITAMIN A)
Vitamin A has been long used to as an antioxidant. It stimulates collagen production and accelerate cell renewal and repair, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and improving skin tone in the process. Whether it’s the over-the-counter or prescription-strength kind (tretinoin), retinol is a powerful antioxidant for fighting environmental damage that cause premature skin aging. It is also frequently used to combat acne. It should not be used if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
3. VITAMIN E
Vitamin powerful antioxidant, vitamin E is widely recognized for its ability to accelerate the skin’s healing process. it is commonly often found in moisturizers, creams and lotions formulated to treat dry skin as well as products designed to reduce stretch marks.
A well-functioning epidermis is essential to protect us from free radicals. The more our epidermal lipid barrier is stabilized, the more it can fully absorb the vitamins
A plant based antioxidant found in wine, vegetables, green tea, fruits and chocolates, contains free radical fighting properties the help fight sun damage.
PLEASE CALL US WITH ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING ANTIOXIDANTS, AND REMEMBER THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT FREE RADICALS IS TO MINIMIZE SUN EXPOSURE AND TO USE A PROPER SUNSCREEN.
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