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Why Antioxidants are Important for Glowing Skin

on October 26, 2020

Go into any cosmetic store, and you’ll see hundreds of products promising perfect, glowing skin. However, many of these products are full of chemicals, and in the long-term do more damage than they fix. Instead, opt for something natural.

Antioxidants are well known for their benefits in preventing chronic diseases. But what is often less appreciated is their remarkable benefits for skincare. In the following article, we'll explore why antioxidants are important for glowing skin. 

Antioxidants containing fruits and vegetables

What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are naturally found in a range of fruits and vegetables. They combat oxidative stress caused by free radicals. These molecules damage cells and other molecules via oxygen, leading to eventual cell dysfunction. In the skin, this can mean damaging the fundamental structure, affecting collagen, and reducing elasticity. The effects of oxidative stress are a natural part of ageing. However, smoking and a bad diet can increase the negative effects.

Meanwhile, antioxidants neutralize the effects of free radicals. As a result, they are vital in maintaining glowing skin. Common antioxidants include beta-carotene, lutein, and vitamins A, C, and E. Whilst they are often found in fruits and vegetables, meats, poultry, and fish are another source.

How do antioxidants lead to glowing skin?

As we mentioned, over time, our skin suffers from free radical production. Wrinkles and fine lines develop. Daily exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays leads to cell damage and even skin cancer. Moreover, pollution and a poor diet are also common causes of damage and stress.

That’s where antioxidants come in.

Primarily, they stop the effects of free radicals by negating their reactivity. By preventing free radicals from reacting to the body’s molecules, the antioxidants stop the buildup of long-term damage - thereby keeping the skin looking healthy and glowing.

However, the benefits don’t stop there. Antioxidants also help repair cell and tissue damage by encouraging natural repair. Considering the skin is continuously replenishing itself, antioxidants are a vital enhancement. They’ve been known to calm irritation, smoothen fine lines and lead to a glowing complexion.

Asian woman with fair glowing complexion

Which antioxidants are the best?

All antioxidants can have beneficial effects. However, some are more useful than others. Here are the primary antioxidants to look out for.

 

  • Vitamin A: Also known as retinol, vitamin A is a potent antioxidant. It is pivotal for collagen production, which gives skin its strength and elasticity. It will also speed up cell turnover, reducing the visible signs of ageing.
  • Vitamin C: Excelling in stopping free radicals, vitamin C is also known to brighten skin. It will tighten skin and even boost collagen production.
  • Vitamin E: The healing antioxidant. Vitamin E is often underappreciated; however, it is essential for the skin healing process.
  • Vitamin B3: You might know it as niacinamide. Vitamin B3 is anti-inflammatory, perfect for soothing blotchy or red skin, and returning your glowing complexion.
  • Resveratrol: Commonly found in red wine, resveratrol will fight oxidative stress, reduce your risk of cancer and boost your general complexion.

 

Disclaimer

This blog post is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The views and nutritional advice expressed are not intended for the purpose of providing medical advice. Please always consult your health care provider if you are experiencing any medical conditions. All content on this page has been thoroughly reviewed. Nevertheless, no liability can be accepted for the completeness and accuracy of the information. 

 

References

https://www.wellandgood.com/antioxidants-for-skin-benefits/

https://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/a22370309/antioxidants-skin-benefits/

https://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/information/nutrition/antioxidants-affect-skin.htm

https://beverlyhillsmd.com/antioxidants-skin/