This week we’d like to talk about skin in general. With its unique layered structure, your skin is a complex organ that acts as a barrier against the environment. You may have heard of antioxidants before, but what are they really and how do they affect your skin. Let’s dig deeper and unravel their secrets and the role they play in skin health.
What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants are hydrosoluble or liposoluble molecules that remove potentially damaging oxidising agents in and on your skin. Botanicals and plants are a great source of antioxidants as they produce them naturally as a response to harmful factors.
Some of the very well-known antioxidants are ferulic acid, vitamin C, quercetin, resveratrol, beta-caroten, vitamin E, cucurmin, and ubiquinone (or Co-enzyme Q10), all very good for your skin. It’s also interesting to note that your body and skin also contain small amounts of antioxidants naturally.
Antioxidants are extremely useful compounds to have in your skincare products, they can combat the effects of free radical damage caused by sun exposure, smoking, alcohol and other aggressive elements.
Their ability to fight signs of ageing lies in their efficacy to stop oxidative stress. They help boost your skin’s natural defense and protect it from further damage. Antioxidants also have awesome anti-inflammatory and brightening properties. Topical application can help reduce inflammation at surface level, and make your skin a lot healthier and damage resistant.
So, if you’re looking to even out your complexion, reduce dark spots, boost collagen production or reduce sagging skin, antioxidants are the top ingredients to look for in your skincare products.
Until next time,