Aug 25th, 2019
When applied topically or eaten, antioxidants do the job of reducing environmental damage whether it is from the sun, pollution, or just the very air we breathe. Antioxidants inhibit free-radical damage and research is very clear that doing so has remarkable benefits for all skin types. Antioxidants Are Vital!
Antioxidants are one of the major ways to slow the impact of free-radical damage. In fact, antioxidants are so important for the body (and skin is the body’s largest organ!) they are being studied by thousands of scientists all over the world. In fact, many scientists think that if there is a fountain of youth, antioxidants could be in it! When it comes to wrinkles, free-radical damage causes collagen and other vital skin functions to break down. A great antioxidant skin-care product, whether it comes in a liquid, gel, serum, lotion, or cream, should contain a potent assortment of stable antioxidants to interrupt free-radical damage and keep it from harming your skin.
There are no Miracles here!
There isn’t one single miracle, exotic antioxidant with a great story (pomegranates from the Bali or some rare seed from the Arctic) that works the best for your skin. Instead, there are dozens and dozens of effective antioxidants for skin, ranging from familiar ones like green tea, grape extract, or vitamin C, to names you may not be familiar with such as, coenzyme Q10, idebenone, zinc, copper, beta carotene, epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or superoxide dismutase. What counts is that the product you use contains a variety of these—and the more the better. Research has shown skin does better with a cocktail of effective antioxidants than just one.
The Antioxidant/Wrinkle Connection
Primarily because of sun damage and in a more minor role other factors such as just growing up, menopause, disease, and using irritating skin-care products, our skin loses the ability to produce those antioxidants. If we don’t get enough antioxidant protection, either from our own body’s production, from dietary sources, or from topically applying antioxidants, free-radical damage wreaks havoc causing collagen to break down, DNA in our cells to mutate, impairing the skin’s ability to heal, and on and on.
Although we know that topical application of antioxidants helps to reduce free-radical damage on the skin, the results aren’t going to make you look 10 years younger but you will be slowing down the process of looking 10 years older! You may not see a dramatic difference in your skin, that doesn’t mean antioxidants aren’t truly helping. There is research showing antioxidants can improve cell function, increase collagen production, improve elasticity, create healthier, younger skin cells, and reduce sun damage, but the improvement takes time, it isn’t going to be overnight.
OK, we can’t change our genes…yet. If your mom had furrows, chances are you will too unless you take steps to protect your skin from the sun’s rays and other known causes of wrinkles.
Exposure to UV light breaks down your skin’s connective tissue including collagen and elastin in the deeper layer of skin. When this occurs, your skin begins to sag and wrinkle.
Stop this process in its tracks by using Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30, Sun Spray SPF 50 or Daily Sheer Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 all year round. Ask for ZO Skin Health Professional Skincare
Those vertical lip lines are called smoker’s lines for a reason. Smoking produces free radicals in the body, which contribute to premature ageing. Antioxidants like vitamin C sop up damaging free radicals, and C-Bright Serum 10% Vitamin C is chock full of vitamin C. This serum helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles when used as directed. The repetitive pursing of lips that occurs when you smoke also causes wrinkles. If you smoke, the best thing you can do is quit, and if you don’t smoke, don’t start. Wrinkling is but one of a laundry list of problems and diseases that are caused and worsened by smoking.
Oxidative stress from pollution ages the skin and damages its ability to repair itself from damage. If moving or switching occupations isn’t an option, an antioxidant serum such as C-Bright 10% Vitamin C Serum will provide a high dose of stabilized pure vitamin C to reduce the effects of pollution on the skin. The addition of coenzyme Q10, another powerful antioxidant, helps to defend against other environmental triggers that cause inflammation.