Ah… The Teen years. The years we throw all caution to wind, and use baby oil to tan our skin.
The years we conveniently forget to wear a hat while we’re outside, because we don’t want to ruin our hair.
The years we amass a bucketload of free radicals that our skin has to spend the rest of the era, and our early twenties fighting off!
Then 22 comes… It comes like a debt collector looking to be paid, and you are suddenly realizing that the elasticity of your once supple, and smooth skin has been compromised.
You not only have pimples, but you also beginning to spot some fine-lines, from all those cute funny faces you made in those totes adorb’s selfies taken in the passengers seat of your best friends car, during that one awesome summer.
You have now entered the twilight zone…
On the verge of a quarter life crisis, you plow through your favourite beauty glossies, and notice that they all seem to be touting products with Antioxidants.
Antioxidants? What Are Antioxidants?
The body continually deals with stressors, both internal ones as well as those from the environment. Yet, adding certain nutrients to the body can help support the fight against cellular damage.
Antioxidants are nutrients (vitamins and minerals) and enzymes (proteins inside your body) that can help to prevent and repair damage to your body’s tissue. Antioxidants do this by slowing or preventing the effect of free radicals, which start oxidation –when oxygen causes damage that can lead to cell dysfunction.
If you’ve seen a peeled apple turn brown, you’ve seen oxidation in action.
As the microscopic warriors called antioxidants block the effects of free radicals, those antioxidants end up being oxidized, or killed.
My Antioxidants can get depleted?
They sure can! Which is exactly why you start to notice the waning of your own skin’s elasticity, and the fact that you might have a few fine lines later in life.
Those not so terrible fine lines, will then someday become wrinkles, and then it’s really over!
What are the benefits of using antioxidants on the skin?
Anti-inflammatory: If you have skin that is really delicate, or sensitive, you might not be so keep to keep antioxidants out of your regiment, as their key property is really the calming of inflammation. Antioxidants, such as alpha lipoic acid and others found in pine bark and green tea, produce valuable anti-inflammatory results by increasing circulation and cell metabolism. (I have previously written about green tea, so have a look)
Reducing inflammation promotes more even skin tone and helps keep acne and wrinkles at bay.
Skin firming: Antioxidants may actually reverse the effects of aging by improving rejuvenating your skin’s appearance. Coenzyme Q-10, or CoQ-10, is a common skin-firming antioxidant and is great for use in eye creams and products that are meant to tone the skin. Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics’ Anti-Wrinkle Cream is one such product that contains these key ingredients!
Reduced appearance of wrinkles: Although it is nearly impossible to make wrinkles disappear, skin-care products with antioxidants can help plump out the skin and make it appear more youthful.
Bella Terra’s anti-aging products are great for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Scar treatment: Did you know that Bella Terra’s anti-aging products are actually able to reduce the appearance of scar tissue? That means stretch marks, bruises, etc. It’s just another benefit of the antioxidants within their range. Scar tissue has a different cell structure than that of healthy skin, making it rigid. Bella Terra’s anti-aging products increase blood flow to scar tissue, minimizing the look of the scar and blending in the development of new skin.
Repair of sun damage: I know that you’ve been told somewhere down the line that too much sun is dangerous, but it can also be bad for your skin’s appearance, drying it out and damaging cells. Sun damage can make skin appear tough and wrinkly. Antioxidants that stimulate blood flow in the skin can help encourage the growth of new cells and make sun-damaged skin appear younger.
Bella Terra Cosmetics’ antioxidant-rich beauty products are available for treating sun damage, including cleansers and moisturizers that you can use on your entire body.
Question: I’m 30 years old. Should someone in their 30’s use antioxidants?
Answer: Oh yes! In-fact, the sooner, the better…
To make it really easy to understand, antioxidants prevent, and actually repair damage to your skin caused by free radicals such as the sun, pollution and smoke. All of these things cause your skin to show signs of aging, such as wrinkles and discoloration. By using products with antioxidants such as serums and moisturizers, you’re skin is soaking in the antioxidants to protect your skin.
Because you’re just starting your 30’s this is a great time to add antioxidants to your skin care regiment. You’ll get a head start on the aging process that’s to come in the next decade. Stick with products that you don’t wash off.
Serums in particular are a great way to get antioxidants into your skin because they sink a bit deeper into your skin’s layers than a moisturizer. If–like me–you have oily or combination skin, a serum may be all you need to get the moisture needed. If you have dry or normal skin, you may want to add another moisturizer to your face after your serum sinks in.
Is it possible to find antioxidants naturally?
You sure can!
As a matter of fact, I alluded to the antioxidant, replenishing, free radical fighting nature of green tea extract in my previous post; check it out!
Basically, Green tea in skincare tightens the skin and makes it more resistant to oxidation (skin’s own way of rusting). If you want to slow down the effects of wrinkles then you just need a daily dose of green tea.
This anti aging tea is rich in phytochemicals and polyphenols, which can help slow down aging and reduce the development of wrinkles.
I have Cystic Acne, and read that antioxidants can help?
You read correctly in a sense…
Severe acne is the same as an inflammation, so you must be looking for products that have an anti-inflammatory property. Antioxidants happen to fit the bill!
In 2011 Italian researchers published a study where they put topical clindamycin–which is an antibiotic–in a battle if you will, with a lotion that contained 4% nicotinamide (an antioxidant) and linoleic acid. What they found was that the nicotinamide lotion was slightly more effective than the topical antibiotic in treating acne.
Antioxidants have not only been shown to fight acne, but they have a sort of “anti-bacterial” function as well, and work to suppress bacterial growth, and repair the skin, making future breakouts less common…
GREEN TEA FTW!
Science has shown us that inflammatory damage caused by sebum is what sets off a breakout, so antioxidants are really effective than most of the “acne treating” products out on the market!
The best thing you can do for your acne suffering skin is to exfoliate once a week, cleanse, tone, and use antioxidant rich products everyday.
That way, your face is a place where bacteria would never want to be, your pores are clean, and your skin is replenished!
- Want Lighter, Softer, More Youthful Skin? (thatbword.wordpress.com)
- Nothing Worth Having Is “Free” – Free Radicals Included! (thatbword.wordpress.com)
- Understanding Free Radicals and Antioxidants (purevitamins.com.au)
- Antioxidants Improve Skin Quality (skinnv.wordpress.com)