Why Skin Needs Antioxidants

Source: public domain. Used with permission granted by image owner Ben Mills.

Source: public domain. Used with permission granted by image owner Ben Mills.

The skin care industry is filled with a slew of ingredients from which to choose, from harsh manmade chemicals, to ultra pure and natural skin care ingredients. In the mix of all these ingredients stand skin care antioxidants, one of the simplest, yet most effective, skin care ingredients.

Why are skin antioxidants so important? Here’s a look at why skin needs antioxidants, and how your skin will change for the better when you start using them. First, let’s have a refresher on free radicals.

Any cell in the body can produce a free radical. A free radical is an atom or molecule that is missing an electron in its outer shell. This causes the atom or molecule to attack healthy cells in order to steal an electron to heal itself.

While a skin free radical is rocketing around, it is able to cause oxidative damage to the skin, which then causes biological aging. For example, a free radical will cause our skin’s natural oils to become rancid, which breaks down collagen, a protein responsible for the youthful tone and texture of young and healthy skin.

Free radicals have actually been linked to everything from premature signs of skin aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles, as well as more sinister things like skin cancer. Free radicals are caused by a multitude of what we call aggressors — anything in one’s environment capable of damaging the body’s atoms or molecules, including cigarette smoke, sun damage, pollution, and more.

So, how do we stop this awful damage? The answer is simple and beautiful: skin care antioxidants! Antioxidants include vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Antioxidants are able to slow and even prevent the oxidation of other molecules by neutralizing free radicals. In this way, antioxidants can actually heal and prevent visible signs of aging and damage!

Antioxidants applied topically will directly treat free radicals within the skin. Within days or weeks of using an antioxidant-rich skin care product, you’ll notice increased firmness and radiance, and minimized fine lines, wrinkles, and even skin discoloration!

Another way you can treat skin free radicals is by eating a diet rich in dietary antioxidants. Many foods and supplements contain antioxidants; the best way to get your daily dose of antioxidants is by eating a diet rich in colorful veggies. The more colors, the more unique antioxidants to use within your body to stop all free radicals, in the skin and elsewhere.

As you can see, antioxidants are one of the most versatile fighters available to our skin as well as the rest of your body. So, be sure to consume your antioxidants and use an antioxidant-rich skin care program like Raw Essentials!

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