Updated: May 13, 2021
We have all heard that antioxidants fight free radicals...but antioxidants do so much more than that for your skin. In order to really understand the role antioxidants play in skin care, we have to first talk about the science behind them.
WHAT ARE FREE RADIALS
Scientifically speaking, free radicals as molecules with unpaired electrons that try to steal electrons from other molecules. They are caused by both environmental and internal factors like climate, pollutants, sun radiation, harmful chemicals and toxic elements, smoking, metabolic changes and stress. When that happens, it damages your skin cells which leads to inflammation induced diseases and speeds up the aging process.
IN COME THE ANTIOXIDANTS
Antioxidants protect the body against free radicals by neutralizing them. They have the ability to give away one of their electrons to the free radical. Antioxidants are vital component to an effective skin care regime, but also for the body as a whole. Now we understand what antioxidants do and we also understand that free radicals attack us not only when we are outdoors, but literally all the time.
Your body naturally produces free radicals through natural metabolic processes. It also does produce antioxidants....but not enough. WE HAVE TO HELP IT.
Your body cannot produce enough antioxidants to fight off all free radicals. It needs help. We need to eat #antioxidant rich foods and apply topical antioxidants to help your skin.
ANTIOXIDANTS PROVIDE AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF BENEFITS TO THE SKIN
Antioxidants are amazing at neutralizing free radicals, but they do so much more. They provide an incredible amount of benefits to the #skin. Visibly they can reduce, #redness, #inflammation, improve #pigmentation and #melasma, smooth skin texture, improve #skin tone/natural glow not dull, reduce scars-these can be acne scars that are pink or flatten raised scar, and plumps the skin.
What's happening inside the skin new #collagen is being produced and existing collagen is not broken down, reduction of overall damage to the skin, reduces the transfer of melanin to the melanocytes, and cellular turnover increases.