Antioxidants are your skin's BFF - they keep cells and skin tissues healthy and give you radiant and glowing skin. Here is everything you need to know about these powerful ingredients.
1. What are antioxidants?
An antioxidant ingredient helps to prevent harmful chain reactions caused by free radicals, which are unstable compounds formed from oxygen, generated by the functions of the body but also increased by pollution, tobacco and the sun, in particular. Antioxidants are 'bulletproof' systems that prevent that oxidation.
2. How do antioxidants help us?
If the level of antioxidants is insufficient, free radicals take over and can lead to conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, certain types of cancer, and ageing of the skin. Many scientific studies have looked into the role of antioxidants in the elimination of fat around the area of the stomach and in the prevention of bad cholesterol and other contributing factors in cardiovascular diseases.
Free radicals accelerate ageing of the skin by damaging the membranes of skin cells and, yes, antioxidants can limit that damage.
3. What are the sources of antioxidants?
The main natural antioxidants are vitamins C and E, selenium, carotenoids and flavonoids. They can be found in our food, mainly in fruit and vegetables. They can also be found in milk, fish, seafood, meat, and eggs, as an egg yolk contains specific antioxidants that are excellent for the eyes and help to prevent certain degenerative eye diseases such as cataracts. Don't go smearing it on your peepers, mind. Even better news is that, according to scientific studies, a glass of red wine a day fights against cellular ageing, as well as warding against certain cancers and Alzheimer's disease. Green tea especially and coffee also contain antioxidants in large quantities. Vitamin E and vitamin C are both antioxidants that you will also find in a lot of skincare creams.
Anti-oxidants help keep our body and organs functioning smoothly and are also a key ingredient for your skin’s health. Be sure to consume a diet that is rich in anti-oxidants and use topical day and night creams to retain the health and youthfulness of your skin.