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Antioxidants and Your Skin
The Esthetician SaysIn the skin care industry, antioxidants are a hot topic. But what exactly are they, why are they important, and where do they come from? To understand what an antioxidant is, and what it does, we must first understand the process of oxidation. Free radicals are unstable molecules which have an uneven number of electrons and that try to steal electrons from other molecules, thus damaging the function of a cell. Our cells naturally go through the oxidation process when they utilize oxygen to metabolize nutrients. Oxidation also occurs from free radical attack, which is a result of UVA/UBA radiation, pollution and other environmental stressors.

Antioxidants are free radical scavengers; they give up their electrons to neutralize free radicals so that they can’t cause any more oxidative damage. Antioxidants are usually derived from fruits, berries, vegetables, legumes, and nuts. A diet rich in antioxidant-abundant sources is essential to healthy skin. In addition to a healthy diet, you may apply antioxidants topically to reduce oxidative stress. There are many antioxidant-rich cleansers, serums, lotions and creams on the market.

Let’s examine three potent antioxidants available:

  • Vitamin C is the most familiar antioxidant; it aids in the synthesis of collagen and reduces free-radical damage. It can be unstable in the presence of excess air or sunlight, so it’s always recommended that Vitamin C products are stored in a cool, dark place. We recommend SkinMedica Vitamin C Complex as it’s stored in a dark, airtight container and contains two forms of stable vitamin C, ascorbic acid and tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, for both rapid-release and timed-release of the active ingredients.

  • Vitamin E is another prominent antioxidant and is a great complement to vitamin C. Vitamin E also donates an electron to free radicals but is then regenerated by other antioxidants to benefit other cells. Vitamin E speeds up the healing process and is a natural anti-inflammatory. Vitamins C and E are paired together in the renowned Kinerase C6 Peptide Intensive Treatment. Vitamin E alone is great for sensitive skin types that react to more active forms of antioxidants. Peter Thomas Roth Max All Day Moisture Defense Cream, SPF 30 is a great antioxidant cream for sensitive skin, dry skin or skin conditions such as rosacea, dermatitis and eczema. Topical vitamin E is great for people with acneic skin as it helps to heal acne lesions and reduces the inflammation often experienced with cystic breakouts.

  • DMAE is a popular new antioxidant that has been widely used in NV Perricone’s products. DMAE is an anti-inflammatory and when taken orally, increases concentration and cell metabolism. DMAE applied topically is known to tighten skin, increase firmness and fade hyper pigmentation. DMAE can be found in most of NV Perricone’s products, including Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer.

A multitude of products offer antioxidant-rich formulas for a variety of skin types. By taking advantage of advances in the skin care industry and eating a healthy diet, you’ll be able to show off a youthful, glowing complexion.

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