Skincare advertising is full of fancy sounding ingredients that promise miraculous anti-aging benefits – but there is one that actually delivers the goods. Antioxidants actually help rebuild your skin cells, improving cell structure and healing the skin. Antioxidants in skincare can literally lessen wrinkles, brighten and even skin tone and protect your skin from damaging free radicals.
In a beauty industry where so many moisturisers simply plump your skin cells temporarily with water, this is the real deal. And best of all? Antioxidants are plentiful in nature.
Unleash antioxidants’ anti-aging powers
Antioxidant benefit #1: Protection from free radicals
You’ve seen the line a hundred times, but what does it actually mean? Free radicals are environmental factors (pollution, cigarette smoke, sun exposure, and even oxygen) which damage our skin by accelerating the ‘oxidation’ process. Rust is oxidation of metal – say no more, right? Free radicals in the air around us damage skin cells, making our skin look older and more creased.
Antioxidants reduce the skin damage caused by free radicals by protecting the health of collagen strands and the integrity of cell walls. Healthy skin cell structure equals plump, glowing, smoother skin.
Antioxidant benefit #2: Rejuvenated, glowing skin
Antioxidants promote daily cellular repair and healing for supple, younger looking skin. They literally work to shore up the structure of skin cells, boosting collagen, elastin and keratin production which all help build elastic, glowing, supple skin.
Antioxidant benefit #3: Bright, smooth skin
Antioxidants can even repair DNA damage, reducing inflammation and improving the skin’s ability to heal. This often results in ‘brighter’ skin with a more even skin tone.
Antioxidant benefit #4: Additional protection against sun damage
Antioxidants help protect your skin against aging sun damage and when used with a good sunscreen, they can boost the level of protection your skin gets. This means less wrinkles, pigmentation, and dull, dry skin.
Super-potent natural skincare antioxidants
Moisturisers and facial serums that contain more than one antioxidant can deliver ‘wide-spectrum’ skin rejuvenation, so it’s great to find more than one of these beauties in your moisturisers and face creams. Antioxidants in combination with rich nourishing oils and extracts will create a skincare product worth it’s weight in gold.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant hero, and is included in a number of our natural skincare products, as well as being available in pure form from Tailor Skincare and Skin Juice who offer powders that you can add to your normal skincare regime to get a powerful antioxidant boost. Because of its especially potent antioxidant properties, Vitamin C is a wrinkle fighting champion. The Australian superfruit Kakadu Plum has the world’s highest natural concentration of Vitamin C (at 100 x the rate found in oranges!) and showed amazing results on skin luminosity in controlled testing.
CoenzymeQ10 or COQ10
What? This incredible substance occurs naturally in our bodies and is also called ubiquinone. It’s basically the serum of youth and diminishes as we age. Luckily, topical application helps!
Well known for its skin care benefits – non-synthetic forms of this fabulous antioxidant are best, and work especially well when combined with … you guessed it, Vitamin C!
Another antioxidant skincare superstar, sometimes called Pichia, resvertrol is much lauded for anti-aging effects
A derivative of Vitamin A, retinol is famous in skincare products worldwide for its antioxidant benefits
Antioxidants are the super-ingredient in natural skincare
Great natural skincare and facial serums should include a range of natural antioxidants to help boost skin cell regeneration. Improved synthesis of collagen, keratin and elastin increases skin suppleness, smoothness and health, and antioxidants provide protection against aging free radicals and oxidative damage that impacts cell integrity.
Choose natural skincare, serums and moisturisers with antioxidants for glowing, supple, beautiful skin.
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Eat your Antioxidants
So many yummy natural foods are rich in antioxidants, like pineapple, and the good news is that eating antioxidants will also improve your skin health. Natural nutritional sources of antioxidants are dark chocolate, berries, citrus fruit, kale, red cabbage, even potatoes! We even sell the Glow Antioxidant Booster from the Beauty Chef.
Skin cell repair takes place primarily at night, so getting your ‘beauty sleep’ is a great way to ensure that the right processes take place and your skin gets the full benefit of a good night’s rest.