Defining Your Skin with Antioxidants
Last week we talked about free-radicals and how they can wreak havoc and sometimes cause irreversible damage to the skin. You can read it here. Today we are going to continue in relation to this topic on today’s series: Defining Your Skin: Antioxidants.
Our skin has its own ability to produce anti-oxidants and are part of the skin’s defence system that works to neutralize the chain reaction of free-radical damage. However, there can be an imbalance where there is a greater amount of free-radical creating cellular damage. That is why using cosmetic products and eating foods containing antioxidants can help restore the skin’s natural reserve and continue fighting free-radical damage.
Antioxidants in Cosmetics
Anti-oxidants are part of the key to “aging with grace”and that’s why you’ll see anti-aging products advertised with containing vitamin E and C, beta carotene, green tea and co enzyme Q10. These are all common anti-oxidant ingredients. While your skin care routine is only secondary to healthy skin, lifestyle and habits play the biggest role in aging. You can look for cosmetic products that contain the ingredients mentioned above but will have little to no effect if you don’t take care of yourself. So take care of yourself! Wear sunscreen, stop smoking, eat healthy, exercise…..
Antioxidants in Food
Did you know that you can consume foods rich in antioxidants too? When you consume food, the anti-oxidants are circulated and absorbed into cells. Some examples of food containing different types of anti-oxidants are: grapes, carrots, red wine, pumpkin, green tea, tomatoes, oranges, berries, and avocados.
Remember that external factors such as the UV rays, cigarettes, pollution, pesticides, stress and unhealthy lifestyles all play a part in in creating free radical damage and ultimately speed up the signs of aging. Do what you can to minimize the chain reaction and take good care of yourself. Everything that you do creates a chain reaction. Stay looking young everyone!
sources: Milady Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary by: Varinia Michalun & Joseph C. Dinardo http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-looks/skin/the-truth-about-antioxidants-and-your-skin/ http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-eats/nutrition/40-foods-high-in-antioxidants/