As we get older, it’s normal for our skin to gradually lose its elasticity and thin out. This is part of the skin’s natural aging process. However, there are a variety of factors that can cause the skin to start aging at an accelerated rate. A big part of this “premature skin aging” is a result of free radical activity in the body.
Free radicals are molecules that are produced by environmental exposures like pollution, smoke, and stress. Free radicals are also produced when your body breaks down food.
Antioxidants are a naturally occurring substance that may provide protection against the effects of damaging free radicals on the cells in your body, including your skin. Antioxidant ingredients are already promoted in a number of skin care products available both over-the-counter and by prescription and are being actively studied in clinical trials for a variety of medicinal uses.
We’re here to give you 5 powerhouse antioxidants to look for when choosing a skincare product:
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that is present in the skin and found in various foods, such as vegetables, seeds, and meat. It helps the skin look younger by boosting collagen production and in turn reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Unlike other vitamins, skin derives more of its benefits from vitamin E more effectively through topical treatments than through oral supplements.
We know the importance of vitamin E. That is why we recommend the Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Masque, which is a potent cream-gel mask that contains nourishing vitamins for the skin. A cocktail of citrus, rhubarb extract, leafy greens, and avocado oil helps reduce the appearance of sun damage and fine lines and wrinkles.
Green tea has become one of the new age food heroes – a helpful ally in preventing everything from heart disease and cancer to skin aging and weight gain. The full range of health benefits may take decades to define, but research on its impact on human skin is reasonably well-developed. The skin ingredients are chemicals called catechins, which are antioxidants that can clear cell damage on the skin and repair wrinkles, blemishes or other impurities. When applied to the skin, green tea can reduce sun damage by reducing inflammation and tackling free radicals. When choosing a tea, it’s helpful to know that green tea has over five times the amount of catechins as black tea.
One of our favorite ingredients, you can find green tea in the Balancing Moisturizing Duo. This moisture-rich hydrator targets dry areas on the cheeks and returns skin to its smooth appearance and texture.
Grape seed is extracted from vitas vinifera and is rich in proanthocyanidins, which belong to the flavonoid family. Proanthocyanidins are potent antioxidants with strong free radical scavenging activities. Grape seed extract has been shown to be an even stronger scavenger of free radicals than vitamins C and E.
We’re not shy about our love for grape seed extract. In fact, we recommend it in the Coconut Firming Body Lotion, Apricot Body Oil, and Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer. These products will make your skin look young and healthy!
Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is an essential nutrient that can only come from the healthy fruits and vegetables that contain it. Although typically vitamin C is usually touted for its cold-fighting power, it’s also known for its impact on preventing and reversing aging skin. It works in two ways: as an antioxidant, as well as a booster of collagen formation – both of which are important to preserving and maintaining skin’s youthful appearance. However, boosting your intake of vitamin C-rich foods does not appear to impact your skin to any measurable degree, so cosmetic companies are hard at work to develop efficient ways it can be absorbed through the skin directly via topical creams and lotions. We formulate our L-ascorbic acid with encapsulation technology so it carries deeper into the skin to do the best work for you skin and all the benefits it has to offer.
We welcome vitamins C and E in the Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum, an exclusive formula which uses the best in nature’s botanical extracts to improve the visible appearance of aging. Anyone’s best friend!
A powerful antioxidant, lycopene is a carotenoid found in red fruits and vegetables. It is, in fact, responsible for their red color. In addition to being a healthy choice for your diet, it’s a great choice for improving skin texture because it promotes collagen production and reduces the DNA damage that leads to wrinkles. To get the most benefit from this powerful antioxidant, you can either take a daily supplement or look for skin care products that contain it in topical formulas. Lycopene is easily absorbed by the skin.