Antioxidants: Benefits of Antioxidants
What are Antioxidants?
The latest buzzword in the cosmetic and skin care industry is antioxidant skin care products. Antioxidants essentially inhibit oxidation and prevent free radical damage. In other words, antioxidants combat free radicals which have a propensity to cause kin damage.
Both intake and application of antioxidants can therefore shield the skin from these free radicals which act as scavengers and can rob the skin of its natural collagen and elastin synthesis. There are various antioxidants available out there each with a specific potency; but efficacious nonetheless. Let's look at the benefits of antioxidants.
Grape Seed Extract & Soy
Grape seed essentially contains proanthocyanidins which act as free-radical scavengers and can prevent significant damage to the skin cells. When applied as a topical treatment, it has proven to aid in wound healing.
Studies also reveal that grape seed extract prevents as well as reduces the breakdown of collagen as well as minimizes blotchy skin that is caused by sun exposure. Incorporating products that contain grape seed extract can therefore prevent photo-aging and can also destroy free radicals.
Soy extract has the ability to promote collagen synthesis and an overall improvement of skin health. Intake of soy therefore may be beneficial for maintaining skin health. Topical application of soy however may not be as effective in erasing lines, wrinkles or fading pigmentation.
As a topical skin treatment, green tea has exhibited positive results in the prevention of skin cancers caused by sun exposure. While it acts as a potent antioxidant, it also enables reduction of inflammation.
Certain studies also suggest green tea can promote skin elastin, the primary building block of the skin and thereby prevent ageing skin. Besides acting as an effective antioxidant, green tea also has the ability to fade out skin pigmentation as well as minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10 and ALA
A variety of skin formulations out there contain a blend of the above antioxidants or may just contain one or two of the above. Vitamin C is among the most favored and popular as an antioxidant. It is sold in a stabilized form and women swear by the positive effects Vitamin C can have on their skin. It not only acts as a potent antioxidant but also promotes healthy and youthful skin, while imparting a natural glow to the skin.
ALA, Coenzyme Q 10 and Vitamin E too have gained ample credibility as a potent antioxidant and are available in various creams. These are often referred to as elixirs for aging skin!
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