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Antioxidants work to prevent damage to the body before it actually happens. They protect and nurture cells naturally, combating disease and promoting good health. Antioxidants come in many forms, including minerals, enzymes and vitamins. Vitamins and minerals with antioxidant properties are called nutrient antioxidants. The family of naturally formed components protects cells from free radicals which are highly charged oxygen molecules with unpaired electrons that attempt to obtain electrons from other molecules.

Free radicals are formed naturally in the body but their production is increased by factors such as smoking, sun damage, stress and toxins like air pollution and asbestos. The resulting damage diminishes the skin’s structural support and decreases its elasticity, resilience and suppleness, leads to inflammation and is the source of liver spots and poor skin condition. In addition to being the main culprit of wrinkles, free radicals, in essence, accelerate the aging process. Studies have shown antioxidants stop this cellular chain reaction of oxidation by neutralizing free radicals.

Vitamin power

Antioxidants can improve cell function, increase collagen production, improve elasticity, create healthier, younger skin cells and reduce sun damage, however, improvement takes time. 

Topical care

Antioxidants can come from healthy eating but interestingly only a small percentage of consumed antioxidants actually reach the skin because they primarily act internally in the body. However, products containing antioxidants can be used to directly affect the skin. Antioxidants can be found in everything from masks, moisturizers and cleansers to anti-wrinkle and anti-aging creams, serums and lotions.

The more the better because the skin does better with a cocktail of effective antioxidants!

Although most antioxidants can be used as a single agent, studies have shown that they work best as a team. Take a look at nature, for example and you’ll see that plants, including fruits and vegetables, contain many different phytonut­rients the source of antioxidants. These phytonut­rients serve various functions in plants some protect the plant from UV radiation while others protect it from insects but all work together to protect the plant’s vitality. 

This reinforces the idea that antioxidants are designed by nature to work together!

When antioxidants are used on the skin even if they don’t penetrate beyond the upper layers, they can help to stop or slow the process of oxidation caused by free radicals and keep the cell membranes more stable.