Free radicals, sun exposure, pollution, irritants – these are some of the culprits of skin damage. No matter how hard you try to dodge or hide from them, there’s simply no way to prevent free radicals from harming your skin.
Luckily, there are ways to defend your skin and fight back!
Antioxidants are found in certain foods like blueberries or kale. While consuming foods rich in antioxidants can be beneficial to your overall health, it’s also good when you apply them topically. Having these powerful ingredients in your skin care regimen adds an extra protective layer to your skin that soothes, shields from environmental stressors, improves texture and reduces signs of aging.
Here are some products to try that are infused with antioxidants:
Boost your skin’s radiance by adding a couple of drops of Vitamin C to your regular routine.
Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, offers amazing benefits not only for the body but also for the skin. It’s the ultimate antioxidant that brightens overall complexion, prevents sun damage, fights melanin, improves acne and stimulates collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
For those suffering from blemishes, consider incorporating Vitamin C into your routine as it plays an important role in treating acne scars. With consistent use, you’ll start to notice less inflammation and redness as well as the lightening of dark or age spots.
Call it Vitamin B3 or niacinamide – this antioxidant improves the appearance of enlarged pores, dullness, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and an uneven complexion. It also acts as a shield against premature aging while strengthening the skin’s barrier.
This powerful anti-inflammatory antioxidant is beneficial for those with irritated, sensitive, acne-prone skin as well as people with rosacea. Niacinamide helps calm any visible irritation or redness and repairs the skin barrier. You can also expect increased hydration, which means plumper skin. If you’re aiming for younger-looking skin and less-noticeable fine lines or wrinkles, this antioxidant is your answer!
One of the other great things about niacinamide is its versatility. It’s gentle enough – even on sensitive skin – to mix with any products in your skin care regimen. That includes products with strong ingredients like AHAs, BHAs, retinol and hyaluronic acid. You won’t have to worry about a negative reaction when you combine these ingredients together!
Drinking green tea is known to have a positive effect on your overall health. Green tea contains abundant polyphenols that help fight cancer and reduce inflammation. It also includes a high concentration of Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is believed to treat various diseases within the body.
With topical application of products containing green tea extracts, your skin gains added protection from the damaging effects of free radicals. Green tea extracts help reduce sun damage, therefore keeping skin youthful and radiant, while at the same time minimizing wrinkles.
Green tea extracts are skin-soothing ingredients, and suitable if you have acne-prone or sensitive skin. If you already enjoy drinking green tea, using it on your skin should make you an even bigger fan!
Don’t wait until you see fine lines to start using retinol. You can prevent lines from forming in the first place with this ingredient. Remember: the earlier, the better!
Retinol, a form of Vitamin A, is found in serums or creams said to delay signs of aging. It helps speed cell turnover, diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles, boosts skin’s firmness and improves skin texture and tone. It’s the most powerful anti-aging ingredient, so if you’re on a quest to achieve youthful-looking skin, you should reach for retinol.
Be patient with your retinol serum or cream as it can take up to 12 weeks (or even longer) to start seeing noticeable results. If you’re new to retinol or are still in your early twenties, I’d suggest starting with products with a lower percentage of retinol and slowly build up from there.