We keep hearing about antioxidants in our diets and how they help to fight the production of free radicals and can protect against disease. We hear similar things about vitamin C and its fantastic health benefits. Superfoods are a fantastic source of antioxidants and vitamin C, particularly Camu Camu, which has 60 x the vitamin C of oranges.
But what about skincare? If these amazing vitamins, minerals and antioxidants work on our insides surely they work on our body’s largest organ: the skin? The great news is that they do and are fantastic treatments for eczema, psoriasis, anti-ageing, skin firming and ensuring that your skin gets the best source of nutrients available.
Here are 6 benefits of antioxidants in your skincare:
Antioxidants have been shown to reduce the visibility of scar tissue through increasing the blood flow to the scar tissue area therefore changing the appearance of scarred area.
Skin Tightening and Firming
Antioxidants, and particularly vitamin C, are proven to assist in tightening and firming of skin. Vitamin C stimulates the growth of collagen which is what keeps your skin tight and without wrinkles. Collagen production is critical to ensuring your skin looks young and firm.
Antioxidants are shown to reduce inflammation by increasing cell metabolism and circulation which means your skin looks younger and you keep those wrinkles at bay.
Vitamin C is a great way to keep your skin tone even and light through reducing the amount of melanin that is produced. It also neutralises free radical production and reduces skin ageing which often manifests as a darker skin pigmentation.
Repair Sun Damage
Sun damage produces superoxide radicals which are a principal contributor to sun damaged skin which may lead to skin cancer. Vitamin C and E rich antioxidants have been shown to reduce the production of superoxide radicals with vitamin E acting as a natural protector in the skin against free radicals.
Vitamin A rich antioxidants have been shown to help in removing keratin from blocked pores as well as reduce oil in the skin, both of which are causes of acne outbreaks.
Ultimately, any antioxidant is great for your skin but the best vitamins to include in your skincare are A, C and E plus amino acids and phyto-chemicals. Products that incorporate these key vitamins and minerals include Acai, Camu Camu, Green tea and Citrus products. As well as skincare your lifestyle factors play as an important part in ensuring your skin stays in great condition; so stay out of the sun, drink lots of water, don’t smoke, avoid fatty foods and keep your antioxidant intake up to ensure your skin stays looking fresh and clear.
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