Stock your beauty arsenal with cell-renewing antioxidants
Incorporating antioxidants in your skin care regimen can help protect against and possibly even reverse the accumulated free-radical skin damage caused by the sun, pollution, and smoke. All of these things cause your skin to show signs of aging, including wrinkles and discoloration.
Studies have shown that natural skin care products that feature antioxidants can go even further in protecting your skin against harm since antioxidants do not perform their best alongside synthetic chemicals. Make sure antioxidants are in the products you don’t wash off, such as serums, moisturizers, and creams, so your skin can soak in their benefits.
Here are some of the most effective antioxidants to look for on your product labels and how they work:
Alpha-Lipoic Acid is both fat- and water-soluble, making it able to easily penetrate skin cell membranes to reduce wrinkles and dull skin.
Açai, often referred to as a “super fruit,” is a small blue berry originally found in Central and South America. The anthocyanins and phytosterols in açai act as an astringent, keeping the skin taut and helping to protect the connective tissues. Tighter skin = fewer wrinkles.
Astaxanthin is harvested from micro-algae, and is reportedly 500 times more powerful than vitamin E. It creates a natural barrier to protect against damaging effects of sunlight and other environmental stressors, and increases skin elasticity and moisture retention.
CoQ10 is naturally produced by the body as its main defense against free radicals. However, as we age, the body produces less and less CoQ10, leaving the cells less protected against free radical damage. CoQ10 is used in many eye creams and serums due to its ability to soften crow’s feet.
Coffee berry is the latest antioxidant buzzword. It contains extremely high levels of polyphenols, the same antioxidants found in green tea. These polyphenols absorb damaging free radicals and also help fight skin inflammation. The antioxidant catechins in green tea are now believed to help reduce hair loss by defeating the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that stops the hair follicle growth cycle.
Grape-seed extract is also touted for its ability to help reduce hair loss in the same way as green tea’s catechins. It contains plant bioflavonoids that strengthen capillaries, which carry oxygen to the skin, improving its tone and texture. And it enhances vitamins A and C, aiding in the reduction of wrinkles.
Vitamin A encourages collagen production, creating plumper skin. It also helps reduce wrinkles and fine lines, diminish discoloration, and protect against future damage.
Vitamin C stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, while reducing the appearance of fine lines, discoloration, and scars.
Vitamin E is the reason so many skin care products include nut extracts. It is also why vitamin-E-rich almond oil, wheat germ oil, soybean oil, and sunflower oil are the base of many skin care products. It promotes healing and boosts collagen production, making skin more smooth and supple.
aw good buys
Reviva Labs Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE CREAM delivers these powerful anti-agers in a soy liposome, enabling time release action throughout the night for superior repair and lift.
Derma E Vitamin A Retinyl Palmitate Wrinkle Treatment Créme diminishes wrinkles with high-potency vitamin A (10,000 IUs) for rapid cell renewal, along with vitamin E and extra-rich moisturizers.
PurE Cosmetics Organic Açai Berry Anti-Aging Eye Cream helps un-do past damage with a blend of antioxidant-rich açai, 15% vitamin C and 15% vitamin E, plus soothing cucumber, calendula, rose, and white tea.