One of the questions I am asked most about is antioxidants — more specifically, how they work in skincare products. Whenever my friends ask me about antioxidants, I say that I consider them to be great skin defenders.
Think of the term “antioxidant” as a shield against harmful flying objects. In reality, these “flying objects” are free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that cause tissue damage and aging. These could be things such as cigarette smoke, radiation, UV rays, pesticides, various drugs, smog, and other forms of environmental pollution.
Picture these harmful microscopic contaminants swirling around you. Antioxidants will help shield you from harm, essentially. Think of them as superheroes! They are special molecules that can help stop those free radicals — they are able to neutralize their effects.
Choose antioxidant-rich foods.
According to a study published by The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries and blackberries are ideal sources of antioxidants. These are commonly referrred to as superfoods. New research suggests that there are actually many other food sources of antioxidants, from kale to chia seeds.
Other food sources that contain antioxidants:
Antioxidants protect at the cellular level.
For your health, antioxidants are believed to help inhibit cell damage and are said to help prevent skin damage from the sun’s UV rays, lower the risk of heart disease, help prevent Alzheimer’s and more.
Antioxidants are also wonderful when used in skincare products. Earlier in this post, I mentioned those nasty little free radicals. These not only impact your health, but they also impact your skin. UV damage, smoke and other pollutants can wreak havoc on your skin, accelerating the aging process and damaging cells. This damage causes collagen and elastin to break down, making you look older.
When you apply skincare treatments with antioxidants, you are shielding your skin from harm.
Look for these antioxidants in your skincare products:
Grape seed extract
Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid)
Vitamin E (tocopherol)
Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide)
Check your labels! Many products are abundant in potent antioxidants to help protect your skin.
100% Pure Green Tea Water Bomb Mask – This is the most AMAZING, cooling, soothing mask on the planet. I love it and know you will too! There is antioxidant Green Tea, Hyaluronic Acid, Calendula, Rose, Chamomile. It is luxurious and pampering and will leave your skin healthy and hydrated. ($7)
Seed Advanced Botanicals Daily Moisturizer – This is antioxidant-rich and contains Vitamins C, E, and Niacinamide, which are all protective. This moisturizer is a treasure trove of skincare gems – sea kelp, Abyssinian Oil, sunflower seed, and more. I love all of the formulas, but my favorite is the Lemon and Grapefruit blend for brightening. ($29.95)
Caudalie Resveratrol Eye Lifting Balm – This is a great product for those of us with dry skin under the eyes. I love the texture of this product, especially. It contains Resveratrol, Hyaluronic Acid to keep that area hydrated, Persian Silk Tree Extract (Albizia Julibrissin Bark – this is a plant antioxidant), and more. This is one of my favorite night-time eye treatments. Perk: Free of fragrances and essential oils. This is important to me. While I LOVE essential oils, when they are in eye products, they tend to irritate that area for me personally. ($62)
Kypris Antioxidant Dew – This is refreshing and gentle and feels amazing on the skin. This serum contains multiple antioxidants, many of them very potent. It includes Vitamins C, E, a newer and highly potent antioxidant called Superoxide Dimustase. There are multiple botanicals and other herb-derived ingredients. I can be sensitive to some of these, but had zero issues with this beautifully crafted gem. ($72)