Class is in session! Part of a healthy skin care journey involves understanding which cosmetic ingredients will actually help your skin.
Antioxidants are a large group of synthetic and natural chemicals that protect skin cells from free radical damage. Free radicals are byproducts that are formed when oxygen is used by the body. They are caused by a number of factors like stress, environmental pollution, cigarette smoke, sun exposure and so on. These free radicals alter and damage the skin’s structure causing various conditions and disease.
Benefits of Antioxidants
- Reducing UV damage.
- Boosting sun protection.
- Increasing collagen production.
- Reducing hyperpigmentation i.e. even skin tone and fade dark spots.
- Soothing inflammation (from acne to rosacea to eczema)
- Brightening the skin.
- Reducing moisture loss.
- Improving skin elasticity.
How to Include Antioxidants in your Skin care Routine
Antioxidants can be found in all manner of skin care products. Lotions, creams, moisturizers, eye creams, serums…the list is endless. Incorporating them into your skin care routine will not be a problem.
Using a cocktail of antioxidants will be most beneficial to your skin. Common antioxidants include Niacinamide, Vitamin C, Retinol, Vitamin E, Green tea extract, White tea extract, Resveratrol, Pomegrante extract and Soy extract. For some product recommendations, click on your preferred antioxidants.
Many times you will come across a ridiculously expensive product that’s described by such flowery words you can’t help but make a purchase. Labels could read, ‘infused with antioxidants from the exotic berries of the Schmalalaka tree only found in the depths of the Amazonian jungle.’ Don’t get into the hype. All you need is a variety of well researched antioxidants to cooperate with the rest of your skincare to experience the benefits.
Choose cosmetics products that are properly packaged in opaque, air tight packaging like opaque tubes or bottles. When exposed to air or light, antioxidant ingredients deteriorate and are rendered useless.