As we get older, it’s normal for our skin to gradually lose its elasticity and thin out. This is part of the skin’s natural aging process.
However, there are a variety of factors that can cause the skin to start aging at an accelerated rate. AKA free radical activity in the body. Free radicals are molecules that are produced by environmental exposures like smoke, radiation from the sun and other sources of UV rays, like tanning beds. Free radicals are also produced when your body breaks down food.
Antioxidants are naturally occurring substances that provide protection against the effects of damaging free radicals on the cells in your body, including your skin. All antioxidants aren’t created equal. While they’re all designed to protect the cells from pollution and other environmental elements. Some are more more potent than others. Here are some common antioxidant ingredients found in a number of our skin care products:
Other than being a free radical scavenger, vitamin C has other skin benefits. Vitamin C stimulates collagen production and fades dark spots. Beware, vitamin C is inherently unstable and can lose its potency when exposed to light or air.
It’s best to keep it in a cool, dark drawer or cabinet. L-ascorbic acid is one of the most popular forms of vitamin C.
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Vitamin E, also known astocopherol, is an important vitamin required for the proper function of many organs in the body, including skin. Aside from being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin E is widely recognized for its ability to accelerate the skin’s natural healing process. No wonder it is often found in moisturizers, creams and lotions formulated to treat dry skin. as well as products designed to reduce stretch marks. It also helps the skin look younger by boosting collagen production.
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Thanks to the abundant supply of coenzymeQ10, or Q10, in our bodies when we’re younger, you were able to stay up all night with no no hint of fatigue on your skin the next day. As we age, the presence of coenzymeQ10, also known as ubiquinone, in our body slowly diminishes. Making us more susceptible to wrinkles and photo-aging. Research shows that an increased topical application of this antioxidant helps fight off free radical damage and keep your skin cells healthy. This nutrient is easily absorbed by the skin and helps stimulate collagen production, which helps improve skin elasticity and texture.
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