What are some of the super benefits we can expect from antioxidants in your skincare products and what you really need to know about them. Since antioxidants are becoming a staple in every formulators ingredients, it is important to address the ways you can benefit from antioxidants and what you can expect from them topically. There are many types of antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, beta-carotene, alpha lipoic acid, resveratrol, retinol, and the list goes on.
Right off the two main benefits of antioxidants are protecting against free radical damage which is responsible for premature aging and its ability to enhance the effectiveness of sunscreens to prevent harmful rays from the sun from causing damage and discoloration to the skin. Premature aging leads to a rapid increase in the development of wrinkles, fine lines, discoloration, and dullness. Antioxidants not only help slow down that process, but they promote healing and repairing of skin cells.
Below is a list of benefits you can expect from Antioxidants when applied topically.
- A decrease in wrinkles and fine lines. Since wrinkles and fine lines happen naturally as you begin to age and gravity begins to set in, free radicals from sun exposure rapidly accelerates the aging process. Antioxidants cannot reverse any damage caused, but they can effectively slow down the process by fighting off free radicals and promoting an enhanced protection from the sun.
- Can increase collagen production. Free radicals also damage collagen proteins by breaking them down and your body needs collagen to retain its elasticity and strength. Antioxidants penetrate the skin layers and help neutralize free radicals, and this process promotes an increase in collagen production. Collagen will help the skin have a more youthful appearance.
- Reduction in Age spots (lentigines), hyperpigmention, uneven skin tones. Age spots appear in many different colors, ranging from brown to black and are flat in shape. They are harmless on the skin but can certainly decrease ones self confidence. As we age, these spots become more prominent and appear on the hands, face, and arms, the areas that have the most exposure to sun. Antioxidants have been shown to reduce melanin pigmentation on age spots, and consistent use will help lighten the age spot and therefore improve the evenness of the skin. The best way though to prevent age spots is to avoid the sun and use sunscreen at all times.
- Antioxidants may reduce breakouts associated with acne. Particularly vitamin A. Topically, vitamin A penetrates the skin layers to free up keratin which clogs the pores, one of the main reasons you experience blackheads. Additionally vitamin A also helps to suppress excess oil production, as excess oil causes an increase in breakouts and clogged pores.
- Antioxidants as a Anti-inflammatory. One of the biggest benefits for antioxidants aside from free radical prevention is its ability to calm inflamed skin. Many antioxidants have anti-inflammatory effects on the skin and reduce inflammation especially in those with acne.
- Skin tightening effects. Another desired benefit of antioxidant is skin tightening. Antioxidants improve the health of the skin for a rejuvenated appearance. Cucumber and Coenzyme Q-10 are both ingredients that have good skin firming or tightening properties.
- Antioxidants work to reduce scarring. Antioxidants in aloe and onion extract called allium can increase blood flow to the scar tissue, which can help reduce the appearance of the scar and help it blend in as other dead skin cells are shed and newer skin is revealed.
- Antioxidants actually work better together. Most antioxidants are stronger when combined with other antioxidants because they work synergistically and provide a wider range of benefits to the skin. Make sure to choose a product with a good combination of antioxidants to reap the most benefits from your skincare routine.