Antioxidants have a range of health benefits, for both inside and out. Here’s why this popular addition to skincare products is worth the hype.
We know that having a diet rich in fruit and vegetables is important for our well-being. This is because they contain – among other things – antioxidants. These compounds have been shown to reduce the risk of many chronic conditions, certain cancers, and heart disease.
But you may have noticed that antioxidants have been making a buzz in the beauty world, too. This is because of their ability to protect the skin from free radical damage, such as pollution, UV rays, or blue light emanating from your phone and computer screens.
Here’s how adding more antioxidants to your diet and your skincare routine can get you looking and feeling healthy and radiant.
On the inside
When consumed as part of a balanced diet, antioxidants are able to minimize the damage caused by oxidative stress and inflammation in the body. Many well-known superfoods, such as pomegranates, blueberries, and spinach are loaded with these natural molecules.
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But which vitamins fall into the antioxidant category? Vitamins C and E are the most popular and can be found in an array of wholesome eats, including citrus fruits, vegetables, whole grains, oils, and nuts.
On the outside
When it comes to your skin, and specifically skincare containing antioxidants, there are a host of benefits. When applied topically, antioxidant-rich formulas can:
- Target signs of aging for a more youthful complexion
- Prevent damage caused by the sun, such as fine lines and hyperpigmentation
- Help the skin to repair and renew itself
- Make your skin tone brighter and more even
The best way to include antioxidants into your skincare regimen is via a serum. Some of the most popular types are:
Vitamin C A favourite of dermatologists and skincare fans alike, vitamin C, when used in the mornings, can keep your skin protected from environmental damage and can help to boost collagen production.
Vitamin E For a long time vitamin E has been hailed for its ability to speed up the wound healing process. This means that, when applied to your skin, it soothes it and aids in its repair while improving elasticity.
Niacinamide Also known as vitamin B3, this trending ingredient is able to improve your skin’s tone and texture, while also improving barrier function and reducing redness and inflammation.
When adding antioxidants to your skin’s diet, start slowly to build up a tolerance. As for results, these too can take a while. Their main function is to keep skin protected and facilitate its repair. But, after about a month of regular use, you can expect skin that is firm, hydrated, and glowing.