Antioxidants. Sort of a hot term in wellness these days. But what are the benefits antioxidants and specifically, how are they good for skin?
Antioxidants protect against free radical damage. Think of free radicals as rogue cells that cause potential health issues in our bodies. These unstable atoms are linked to premature aging and diseases like cancer. Free radicals form from over exposure to UV rays, chemicals in our environment, and even as an immune defense in our bodies, so they are impossible to avoid. It is keeping them in check that is the key.
That’s where antioxidants come in. Antioxidants are powerful qualities in many plant ingredients that neutralize free radicals, limiting their ability to negatively affect other cells. These powerhouses are often hailed in foods as ways to prevent and diminish disease. And guess what, they are highly beneficial when used in skincare too.
Free radical damage in skin shows up as wrinkles, lines, sallow complexion, and sun spots. Some of the most common antioxidant ingredients in skincare are green tea, white tea, rooibos, grapeseed, seaweed, vitamins A, C, and E, rosehip oil, barabary fig seed oil, sea buckthorn oil, carrot seed oil, evening primrose oil, avocado oil, pumpkin seed oil, cranberry, shea butter, almond oil, and jojoba oil.
Consider these superfoods for skin. Antioxidants work to smooth wrinkles, add radiance, calm inflammation, fade spots, and protect against oxidative stress (the imbalance between free radical production and antioxidant support).
Antioxidants are super useful in facial serums, cleansers, and moisturizers. Two brands utilizing these micronutrients are The Herbal Face Food and B True Beauty.
Herbal Face Food is a line of raw, organic, 100%-plant skincare. The star product in this line-up is a facial serum made of plant concentrates, antioxidant rich ingredients, and natural enzymes. Jojoba is lightly hydrating and protective, citrus extracts are gentle skin exfoliants, and jasmine helps to diminish the appearance of scars and dark spots. The brand also carries facial cleanser and items for body.
Wish you could have longer lashes naturally? Antioxidants may be the answer. B True Beauty makes a natural eyelash enhancer loaded with antioxidant benefits. B True Beauty All Natural Eyelash Enhancer contains vitamin E and rosehip oil to add luster to lashes, while supporting and strengthening. Lashes are said to be visibly thicker within seven days.
So, while you are munching your antioxidant rich berries and sipping a nutrient packed green tea, consider using these powerful ingredients on skin too.
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