What are antioxidants and what makes them so great for your skin?
Simply put, antioxidants are molecules in our bodies that keep “free radicals” in check. They can also be found in fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods. So now we know what antioxidants are, but what are these “free radicals”? And why don’t we like them?
Without getting too far into the science of “how things work”, every person has free radicals in their body: usually, they help keep you healthy. However, too many free radicals can actually have the reverse effect and attack your own healthy organism, which is not good.
Before you start panicking, your free radical number doesn’t just suddenly sky rocket. Instead, it’s influenced by the food and drinks we are exposed to, pharmaceuticals, air pollutants, and more. Theoretically speaking, even copious amounts of sushi could increase your free radical level.
Luckily, you’re not entirely helpless when it comes to dealing with free radicals; more and more research has been starting to suggest that by including antioxidants into your diet, and even your skincare routine, you can actually help fight all of the damage caused by free radicals.
Since antioxidants help to reduce inflammation of the skin, this means that it could also help prevent sunburns, which are basically just your skins natural response to harmful UV rays, which means healthier skin AND a nicer tan. Protection against sun damage and aging.
Some types of antioxidants also have some special anti-carcinogenic attributes, meaning that it could go a long way in acting as a preventative measure to help avoid skin cancer.
Inflammation tends to mess with the ability of your skin to regenerate. Antioxidants can treat inflammation, which then allows your skin to work its magic and repair itself. Antioxidants like vitamin C can stimulate collagen production for youthful skin.
Damage by free radicals breaks down collagen structures, hinders our skin’s ability to repair itself and encourages inflammation—and you see these as fine lines, loose skin, breakouts and an uneven skin tone. By fighting off the effects of free radicals, antioxidants can help prevent and reverse these signs of skin aging.
There are lots of things that cause acne, ranging from poor skincare to hormonal changes, and most recently it has been suggested that there may be another culprit to these unsightly breakouts: free radicals. Because they cause skin inflammation, free radicals can definitely do some damage creating breakouts, especially if people are already predisposed to them.
Now that you finally understand the basics of what antioxidants are (and why they’re so great for you) hopefully you’ll decide to start stocking up on all those good-for-your-skin antioxidants – We know we definitely will!
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