Antioxidants for Skin Care
Antioxidants are the holy grail when it comes to taking care of your skin.
The effects of antioxidants on revitalizing skin by removing wrinkles, blemishes, fine lines while supporting elastin and collagen are continuously confirmed with research.
Here are the best of those that you can use to keep your skin young and healthy.
Vitamin E is especially suited for oily skins as it is an oil-soluble vitamin that works on deeper levels of skin. It protects and defends skin from outside elements, increases restoration of cells and protects skin from photodamage.
Vitamin A (Retinol)
Vitamin A is the most popular antioxidant for skin care which can provide benefits for almost every skin care issue imaginable. Retinol can speed up skin cell turnover rate, improve skin’s resilience, tone and texture, treat UV damage, fade fine lines, unclog congested pores and clear up acne.
Astaxanthin prevents damage to the skin by sun exposure, and when taken as a supplement protects skin's collagen layer, supports UV protection, helps reduce fine lines and age spots, and supports skin hydration.
Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide)
Vitamin B3 is suitable for all skin types and its gentleness is useful for applying to sensitive skin types. It smoothes fine lines and wrinkles, boosts elasticity, removes hyperpigmentation, prevents sallowness and increases skin health by stimulating the synthesis of ceramides, an essential component of the skin barrier.
Vitamin C can benefit all types of skin. When applied topically, the skin tone and texture evens out, and it stimulates collagen production, brightens skin and removes hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C is specially known for its anti-inflammatory properties that comes in handy for controlling rosacea. Research has shown that exposure to adverse conditions can reduce the level of vitamin C in the skin. Therefore it is essential that a dietary supplement or a well-formulated topical serum for this is included in your skin care routine.
Reservatrol, a naturally occurring Polyphenol, has anti-aging benefits by preserving collagen levels and controlling skin inflammation. It also has a lightening and brightening effect on the skin tone. Resveratrol also has antimicrobial and cancer-fighting abilities.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
Coenzyme Q10 or Ubiquinone, is naturally present in human cells. The functions of this antioxidant include protecting mitochondria, and preventing DNA from oxidative stress. As natural levels of it decrease with age and unprotected UV exposure, research has shown that topical application of Coenzyme Q10 has significant anti-aging benefits.
Research shows that soy has antioxidant capabilities to fade hyperpigmentation, boost skin elasticity, prevent photodamage and to protect skin from UV rays. Soy is suitable for acne prone and dry skin types as soy extract can moisturize the skin and hinder oil production.
Research has shown that tea has many anti-aging benefits. Epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG) present in tea, when extracted and applied topically, can protect skin from external adverse agents and soothe inflammatory skin.
Polyphenols are plant-based micronutrients derived from things like green tea, pomegranate,and red wine. Topical application can help repair skin, protect it from sun damage, and remove dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. When used in with sunscreen, green teapolyphenols have an ultra protective effect against UV rays and photodamage.