21 Jul Antioxidants Effects on Your Body and Skin Care
The word “antioxidant” is probably not new to you. Although you’ve heard the word tossed around, and although you know antioxidants are supposedly good for you, do you really know what antioxidants are and how they are beneficial to your body and to your skin care? Yeah, we didn’t either – so that’s why we found out. Let’s talk about what antioxidants are, how they work, and how to incorporate antioxidants into your skin care regimen.
What is an Antioxidant?
Simply put, antioxidants are nutrients that protect your body’s cells by neutralizing negative forces. Free radicals are unbalanced molecules that have an unpaired electron, so – in order to “balance” themselves, they go around stealing electrons from molecules in healthy cells. Too many of these free radicals can damage healthy cells and even cause cell death. Antioxidants are molecules that fight off free radicals because they inhibit the oxidation of other molecules. Antioxidants have extra electrons that they donate to free radicals to neutralize them, so antioxidants help protect against oxidative stress and damage by balancing free radicals.
How Does This Protect my Skin?
So, you know that antioxidants are these really great things that “help” you, but what does that really mean? Antioxidants have the ability to protect against oxidation and free radicals, which helps stave off cell damage in every part of your body – including your skin. Think about it this way: When you take an avocado out of its shell, and you see it start to turn brown, this is oxidization in the works. Oxidization in your skin will speed up the aging process, but those antioxidants will work to slow all of that down.
What is the Best Way to Get Antioxidants?
With racks and racks of beauty products out there that claim to provide antioxidants for your skin, what is the best way to nourish your body with the essential nutrients that will help your skin look youthful and radiant? Honestly, the best way to get antioxidants isn’t through your skin; it’s through your digestive system. Yes, some of the over-the-counter skin care antioxidant treatments will help your skin, but they will not have the same effect of taking oral antioxidant supplements. While taking a supplement to introduce extra antioxidants into your bloodstream may be necessary, the first and most important thing you should do to increase your antioxidant intake is to get them from your daily diet.
Some of the best antioxidants for your skin are Vitamin E and Vitamin C. Both green tea and black tea are also great sources of polyphenols, which are a type of antioxidant. These are some antioxidants that are very easily incorporated into your diet. If you want to up your Vitamin E intake, grab a few handfuls of almonds or head to your produce section and stock up on leafy greens. Your guacamole snack will even provide you some antioxidants because avocados are very high in Vitamin E. Or eat lots of oranges, grapefruit and citrus to get your Vitamin C. Once you’ve added some of these foods into your diet, go ahead and wash it down with lots of green tea, because as we mentioned earlier, green tea is another antioxidant-rich source.
Don’t you feel better knowing what antioxidants really are and how they can improve the look of your skin? Just keep in mind the antioxidants we talked about aren’t they only healthy skin-boosting nutrients. Don’t be scared to do some research and find the best ones to fit your life!