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Benefits of Antioxidants


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What types of antioxidants are beneficial to the skin?

The potency and effectiveness vary among different antioxidants when placed on the skin, we recommend Afterglow Makeup which contains 100% pure organic Grape Seed Extract, Aloe Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Jojoba Extract, Rosemary Leaf, Grapefruit Seed Extract, and Apricot Kernal Extract.

What are the benefits of antioxidants?

Topical antioxidants provide protection against environmental damage to the skin and may be effective in slowing down the aging of skin. For example, grape seed contains proanthocyanidins which act as free radical scavengers and can prevent the most significant damage to the skin cells. When applied as a topical treatment, it has proven to aid in wound healing. Studies also show that grape seed extract prevents the breakdown of collagen and minimizes blotchy skin caused by sun exposure. Using products that contain grape seed extract can therefore prevent photoaging and can also destroy free radicals.

What are antioxidants?

 

Antioxidants inhibit oxidation and prevent free radical damage...essentially stopping free radicals which are the cause of damage to your cells. Free radical damage is one of the principal mechanisms of aging. Both intake and application on the skin of antioxidants can shield the skin from these free radicals which act as scavengers that rob the skin of its natural collagen and elastin synthesis.

What are free radicals?

Free radicals are indiscriminately reactive chemicals, essentially unstable atoms with unpaired electron that can damage any structure in living cells. By acting aggressively oxygen molecules will attack healthy cells and cause skin damage and premature aging. The act of killing a cell is not the main issue since the body normally replenishes and replaces your cells constantly.. It is the permanent damage to their structure that free radicals cause that will continue after the cell has died into new cells. Free radicals are sometimes a normal part of the body’s life cycle, but they are also caused by external elements like pollution, sun exposure, diet, or medication. Beyond aging and losing skin elasticity free radicals can cause other major illnesses and cancer.

What is oxidation?

Free radicals work in the same way that oxygen works in nature. For example, iron will rust and rubber will lose its bounce because of oxygen over time, similarly the body begins to age partly because of free radicals. In order to protect against an excess of free radicals, an individual can consume or apply antioxidants. Until recently, scientists thought that skin could not absorb vitamins; instead, absorption would only occur within the body. Science, however, has moved on and there are proven benefits to both topical and internal methods to use antioxidants.

Others include..

"Green Tea"

As a topical skin treatment, green tea has exhibited positive results in the prevention of skin cancers caused by sun exposure. While it acts as a potent antioxidant, it also enables reduction of inflammation. Certain studies also suggest green tea can promote skin elastin, the primary building block of the skin and thereby prevent ageing skin. Besides acting as an effective antioxidant, green tea also has the ability to fade out skin pigmentation as well as minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Soy

Soy extract has the ability to promote collagen synthesis and an overall improvement of skin health. Intake of soy therefore may be beneficial for maintaining skin health. Topical application of soy however may not be as effective in erasing lines, wrinkles or fading pigmentation.

Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, and ALA

A variety of skin formulations out there contain a blend of the above antioxidants or may just contain one or two of the above. Vitamin C is among the most favored and popular as an antioxidant. It is sold in a stabilized form and women swear by the positive effects Vitamin C can have on their skin. It not only acts as a potent antioxidant but also promotes healthy and youthful skin, while imparting a natural glow to the skin.

ALA, Coenzyme Q 10 and Vitamin E too have gained ample credibility as a potent antioxidant and are available in various creams. These are often referred to as elixirs for aging skin."