Have you ever wondered why some natural skin products have particular antioxidants in their ingredient list? Well, wonder no more. Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and proteins that help repair and prevent damage to your body's tissue. They help block free radicals which are unstable compounds that attack cells, causing wrinkles, dull skin, and sometimes skin cancer. Here the most popular and beneficial antioxidants used in skin care and why.
Vitamins A, C and E & The Mineral Selenium
These antioxidants are most helpful because they fortify cells against free radicals and promote cell and tissue growth, aiding the body to repair itself. This is why antioxidants are beneficial in an anti-aging regimen, as they help fight fine lines and wrinkles.
TIP: Vitamin C comes in a number of forms, but the purest version is ascorbic acid. The product should also be packaged in a dark bottle that blocks air entry because vitamin C is sensitive to light and air.
Green Tea Extract
Green tea extract contains powerful polyphenols, one in particular called, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Research shows that when EGCG is applied before or immediately after UV exposure, it helps to reverse cellular changes caused by damaging UV rays. It can also absorb hydrogen peroxide radicals and destroy carcinogenic skin cells.
TIP: Creams containing an adequate amount of green tea will look brown. If there's too little green tea extract, product may not be beneficial.
Idebenone protects from the oxidation caused by free radicals. It also protects skin cells from the harmful effects of UVB rays.
TIP: Make sure you test a product containing idebenone on a small patch of skin before committing to regular use. Roughly 1 out of 10 people have an allergic reaction to the antioxidant.
This is a polyphenolic compound found in grapes, berries, cocoa, and even peanuts. When you applying resveratrol before sun exposure, it decreases production of harmful free radicals and other sun damage.
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