Antioxidants in skin care products help protect the skin's surface from oxidative damage, free radicals and environmental factors like pollution, lifestyle habits, sun exposure and stress. When free radicals attack the skin it contributes to loss of elasticity, fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, acne and loose, saggy skin.
Collagen loss begins in the early twenties, so it's important to preserve the collagen you have.
Our Vitamin C Anti-Aging Facial is designed to fight back against the aging process and support a youthful appearance and improve overall skin quality. This nourishing facial is packed full of vitamins and antioxidants and is the perfect treatment for dull, uneven tone and texture. Due to the strength of this treatment, it is not recommended for extremely sensitive skin or for those who have active acne. We can help you chose the best facial treatment if this doesn't work for your current circumstances.
Benefits of Antioxidants
Whether used as treatments or preventatives, antioxidants may:
- Help with premature aging
- Help prevent sun damage
- Brighten skin tone
- Prevent wrinkles and fade age spots
- Promote healing of wounds, cuts and scars
Antioxidants are found in many foods, including fruits and vegetables. They are also available as dietary supplements. We can help you find the best option for a topical antioxidant to reduce free radical damage.
Types of Antioxidants for Skincare
Certain types of antioxidant supplements may be used in order to help treat various skin conditions. Some of the most commonly recommended antioxidants and their skin health benefits are discussed below.
Vitamin E supplements help prevent premature aging and reduce susceptibility to sunburns from exposure to UVB radiation. This does not mean that taking vitamin E orally and applying it topically are adequate substitutes for sunscreen; however, doing so can help the skin stay healthier and more supple.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is key to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of skin cells, and helps give skin its firmness. Vitamin C also helps to heal wounds by stimulating scar-tissue formation, which helps the skin to repair itself.
Almost all B vitamins, including B1, B2, B6, B5, B7 and B12, are needed for the growth of superficial layers of skin. Deficiency of B vitamins can lead to several skin conditions, including dandruff, dry and scaly skin, dermatitis, and premature signs of aging. Vitamin B6 is frequently prescribed for the treatment of acne, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis and skin lesions.
Flavonoids are naturally occurring phytochemicals found in plant-based foods such as green tea and chocolate. Flavonoids are often touted for their antiaging benefits, and their ability to absorb UV light and assist in cell turnover.
Coenzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10 or ubiquinone, is one of the most promising antioxidants. Dermatologically, CoQ10 has been touted for its powerful antiaging and skin-improving benefits.
Lycopene is a naturally occurring type of carotenoid found in fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, pink grapefruit, watermelons and papaya. As an antioxidant, lycopene prevents free radicals from stimulating the bone loss that naturally occurs with aging. It has been shown to promote collagen production and smoother skin. Preliminary research also suggests that lycopene provides some level of UV protection and reduces the risk of skin cancer.
Beta-carotene is part of the group of red, orange and yellow antioxidants known as carotenoids. Beta-carotene and other carotenoids provide approximately half of the vitamin A needed in the diet. Beta-carotene occurs naturally in many fruits, vegetables and whole grains. It is recommended for preventing certain skin disorders, including psoriasis and vitiligo.
Considerations and Risks of Antioxidants
It's important to keep in mind that certain antioxidants, if ingested in high doses or in combination with certain medications, may result in adverse side effects. It's important to check with your doctor before starting on a supplement program if you are taking any medications.