Oh, the skin. When nourished and nurtured properly, it can radiate a picture of true health and beauty. When we fail to feed our largest organ what it needs, however, it becomes dry, dull and undesirable. What exactly should we feed our skin? Number one on the list is antioxidants. From protecting to replenishing, antioxidants provide amazing benefits, naturally.
Antioxidants help protect the skin from damage caused by environmental factors such as harsh weather, pollutants and exposure to EMF's (waves produced by computers, tablets, cell phones, microwaves and other technology). Their superpowers bring our most undesirable problems to a screeching halt.
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Prevents premature wrinkling
While wrinkles may well be a part of life, more and more of us are seeing fine lines and wrinkles appear in our 20’s. Vitamin C, a strong antioxidant representative is a powerful preventer and reverser of aging. This antioxidant not only protects our bodies from free radical damage but boosts collagen formation, which is critical to preserving and reducing wrinkles. Studies have shown, however, that you are only able to gain this benefit through skin absorption, so taking an extra dose of vitamin C won’t help.
More and more research is stating that skin disorders such as acne, rosacea, eczema and sensitive skin are triggered by excess inflammation, caused by both internal and external factors. Because antioxidants are known for their anti-inflammatory and calming abilities, a skincare regime rich in omega’s and anthocyanin is the best long term solution to bid skin disorders adieu.
Evens out skin tone
While I am a believer of embracing your authentic beauty, I prefer not to look older than my years. Because uneven skin tone due to scars, sun damage or other issues can make us look up to 10 years older, an even skin tone is a must. Antioxidants such as vitamin B12, vitamin C and omega fatty acids help repair damaged skin and leave your skin smooth and supple.
Firms and tones
Unfortunately, the number of reasons our skin loses elasticity are endless. It’s the same ole culprits: poor nutrition, sun damage, weight loss and/or gain, and aging that are literally bringing us down. Luckily, antioxidants are a safe and natural way to both prevent and repair sagging skin. This super group boosts circulation, boosts the production of collagen, and reduces puffiness and the look of cellulite.
Not only do antioxidants help fight against environmental damage, but certain elements, such as vitamin E, actually help replace lost moisture and prevent this important attribute from escaping. This is especially critical in the winter months as we tend to drink less water and consume less antioxidant rich foods.