Skin Matters

Why Your Skin Needs Antioxidants

Below, our primer on why you should make these miracle workers your new BFFs.

You hear about them from your dermatologists, beauty-savvy friends, and those voice-over commercials, but what exactly do these antioxidants do and why are they so often touted as skin savers? We count the ways.

1. They improve your skin’s health and look.

By now, you probably know that antioxidants fight those pesky free radicals responsible for wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles, age spots, and more. These vitamins and minerals are found in most plants and can help minimize any damage to your cells. The most common and popular antioxidants are acai oil (from acai berries), green tea extract, caffeine, resveratrol (from red grapes, blueberries, and cranberries), and vitamins A and E.

2. They protect your skin from the inside.

By defending your cells and turning free radicals into harmless compounds, antioxidants strengthen cells and guard your skin from the inside out. Want to maximize the benefits of your sun protection? Apply a cream infused with vitamins A and E under your sunscreen to enhance your SPF’s effectivity in preventing sun damage. In the evening, an antioxidant-rich night cream promotes cellular renewal and rejuvenation.

3. They work better, together

Pomegranate, coffee berry, and green tea are just the tip of the antioxidant iceberg. With so many of them touted as the ultimate elixir, which should you choose? Look for a serum with a blend of multiple vitamins and minerals for maximum results. The reason behind this is simple: They tackle damage to DNA, collagen, and elastin in different ways so thorough protection is more powerful.

4. They boost the cell renewal process.

Vitamins A and C are well known to encourage cell growth and repair, boosting the skin’s renewal process, which is constantly shedding and growing cells. Like other antioxidants, they diligently multitask—protecting skin, stimulating collagen, boosting cell repair, fading spots, and healing scars.

5. They calm and soothe skin.

Anti-inflammatory antioxidants are popular when it comes to skincare. Opt for creams with active ingredients like alpha lipoic acid, green tea extract, and resveratrol. These work to stimulate circulation and cell metabolism, minimizing the appearance of acne and wrinkles.

6. They help heal scars.

Aloe and allium extracts stimulate circulation and improve blood flow to existing scar tissues so they can blend in with growing skin cells. Since most antioxidants promote cell regeneration and repair, they’re vital in improving the appearance of scars.

So whether you choose to drench your skin with antioxidant-infused creams and serums or eat a diet rich in vitamins and minerals, there’s no doubt about the amazing role antioxidants play in how your skin looks and feels.

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