The Top Advantages of Using Products with Antioxidants for Your Skin

The Top Advantages of Using Products with Antioxidants for Your Skin

Dec 28, 2020, 10:20:49 AM Life and Styles

Everyone has heard of antioxidants, and there are indeed a lot of foods known for their antioxidant properties, such as berries, nuts, green and leafy vegetables, and the like. But while we may pay attention to the antioxidant-rich foods we consume, there is something to be said about products that contain a high level of antioxidant-rich ingredients as well. There are certain skincare products that are loaded with antioxidants, which have proven immensely beneficial to the skin. But what can antioxidants really do for your skin when applied topically? What can you expect when you use skincare products with antioxidants? Here are their top advantages.

What are they?

Antioxidants are simply vitamins and minerals that naturally occur – in other words, they are often found in nature. These include vitamins such as vitamin A, E, and C, and these include green tea and berries and other fruits and vegetables as well. Antioxidants work great for the skin because they have the ability to neutralise free radicals. Free radicals are essentially molecules found in the environment that can lead to skin damage since they can cling to the skin's collagen and weaken skin elasticity. Free radicals can come from pollutants in the air, for example, and they can also come from chemicals and even cigarette smoke. Certain antioxidants can do other things as well, such as brighten the skin tone, soothe irritation, and smoothen wrinkles and fine lines.

What can they really do?

·        Brightening

Antioxidants such as vitamin C can serve to brighten the skin, and vitamin C is also referred to as L-ascorbic acid in skincare products. It's the ultimate in antioxidants, and it can definitely perk up dull, tired, and lacklustre skin. It can also hydrate and calm the skin, and, just like another antioxidant like retinol, it can boost the production of collagen and help smoothen skin that's uneven and tighten small, fine lines. But when it comes to brightening, vitamin C is the best possible antioxidant ingredient you can find. If you use a serum enriched with vitamin C and other antioxidants, such as SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF, over the course of a few weeks, you may be able to see lighter hyperpigmentation and the fading of dark spots as well as the overall brightening of your complexion.

·        Anti-ageing properties

For those concerned about their skin as they get older, antioxidants such as vitamin A can work really well. Retinol is actually a derivative of vitamin A, and retinol is more of the 'concentrated' form of the vitamin. Retinol works to smoothen fine lines and fill in wrinkles, and it can also soften patches and bumps on the skin, brighten the skin, fade dark spots and scars, and reduce acne.

When you use a product with retinol, be prepared for your skin to get used to it, however, and some 'side effects' can include dryness, skin flakes, and breakouts. But before long, you will notice the results – much healthier, better-looking skin that has a youthful and radiant glow. 

·        Moisturising

Vitamin E is another antioxidant that's excellent for moisturising, but it is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties and its strong effects against the aforementioned free radicals. If you want to get the full and best benefits of vitamin E, look for skincare products that have both vitamin E and C – it's the ultimate double combination. 

Published by Simon Hopes

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