By Cheyann Boyer
Everyone knows we are supposed to eat antioxidant-rich foods like berries, green tea and even dark chocolate. Though most of us don’t know why or what antioxidants actually are.
Oxford Dictionary defines an antioxidant as “a substance that inhibits oxidation, especially one used to counteract the deterioration of stored food products.” The best example of oxidation is an apple. When you first cut an apple the center is white and juicy. After an hour that surface has turned brown, after a day it has lost the juiciness that was there when you first cut into it. That’s oxidation, and it’s what happens in our bodies and skin every day.
Our bodies are exposed to free radicals such as environmental pollutants, smoke, alcohol, processed foods and pesticides. These things enter our system by being ingested, breathed in or absorbed through our skin and immediately go to work stealing electrons from healthy cells and wreaking havoc on our body. Ultimately these toxins are working to rapidly age us. Luckily for us though, antioxidants are there like mini superheroes reducing these free radicals by giving them the extra electron they are searching for, thus neutralizing their damage. YAY, ANTIOXIDANTS!
Now that you know what they do in the body, let’s talk about what they do in our skin. We all want our skin to appear youthful far into our 40’s, right? Well, while ingesting antioxidants through the digestive system can help the damage being done in the skin (damage such as wrinkles, loss of firmness, sun spots and uneven tone), absorbing them with the use of serums and creams offers the best protection from and reversal of oxidative damage. The best part is that this reversal can be seen in just a few weeks! Below are a few of my favorite antioxidants. I regularly use these products to make significant changes for my clients, shaving years off of their appearance.
Green Tea Retinol 3x or 5x – Unlike most retinols, this light-weight retinol is specially formulated to be gentle on the skin. Containing green tea it gently to delivers .3% or .5% vitamin A straight to your cells, caffeine to reduce sagging and hyaluronic acid to provide plumpness, not to mention this formula can restore the luminosity of your skin.
SkinCeuticals® C E Ferulic (for normal to dry and sensitive skin types) - This combination of vitamins C (l-ascorbic acid), E and Ferulic acid sets the gold standard for antioxidants in skin care. Adding C E Ferulic to your morning skin care regimen can add firmness, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as create a brightening effect.
SkinCeuticals® Phloretin CF (for normal to oily skin types) – The counterpart to C E Ferulic provides the same superior standard for antioxidant protection in skin types that are prone to oiliness or even acne. Phloretin CF combines Phloretin, vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid) and Ferulic acid offering premium protection from environmental damage caused by ozone and UVA/UVB, while at the same time reducing discoloration and diminishing fine lines.
SkinCeuticals® Resveratrol B E - This unique nighttime formula packs a punch of pure stabilized resveratrol (the same antioxidant found in red wine), baicalin and vitamin E to work with your body’s own repair system. Repairing collagen, elasticity and improving skin density all while you are getting a good night’s sleep. If that isn’t beauty rest I don’t know what is.
Using a combination of these antioxidants as part of your skin care routine can reverse damage and help your skin appear more youthful and radiant. Let me help you create a skin care regime to crack your youth code.
Loyal Blog Followers Special Offer:
Just mention this blog post and you’ll receive 20%* off your purchase of Green Tea Retinol 3x or 5x, SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF or SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF between the posting date of this blog and Thursday, March 1st.