The browning of an apple and aging of your skin have one thing in common: they are both undergoing oxidation. Fortunately, oxidation can be prevented with antioxidants. Antioxidants are naturally occurring chemicals found in plant foods that counter aging and delay its signs for a very long time.
You don’t need a biology class to understand the link between oxidation and aging. Oxidation occurs universally in nature and when it comes to the skin, the process occurs due to free radicals at a molecular level when your skin is exposed to harmful environmental factors. Some of these factors include prolonged exposure to UV rays from the sun, smoking, harmful chemicals in certain skincare products, processed food and emotional stress.
Antioxidants help us by neutralizing free radicals, thereby inhibiting them from destroying your collagen and skin cells. They’re also being used in the skincare industry from a wide range of botanicals (green tea, grape seeds, pomegranates, berries and more) to boost skin health, battle aging and prevent skin cancer and skin conditions such as rosacea. The following are some antioxidants we love that will benefit your skin and body inside out.
Vitamin C is most commonly listed as ascorbic acid or tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate in skincare products. It’s a powerful antioxidant that is commonly ingested and applied topically to remove dullness, discoloration, spots and wrinkles. Vitamin C can be found in guavas, grapefruit, pomegranate, berries, papaya and leafy greens.
Countless studies show that topical application of vitamin C is linked to increased collagen production. This includes dermal collagen, which is required for wrinkle prevention. Research also shows that vitamin C boosts skin glow, strengthens the skin against sunlight, improves its rejuvenation ability and reduces inflammation.
You’ll see vitamin E listed as tocotrienols or tocopherol in most skincare products. It’s one of the most talked about skin-boosting antioxidants in the world for a good reason. Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin that provides major protection to your cell membranes from oxidation and UV light damage and it helps moisturizes your skin thoroughly. It works wonderfully with vitamin C so be sure to pair both in your skincare routine.
Whether you drink it or apply it over your skin, green tea is a potent antioxidant that works wonders. Research shows, tea, whether it is black, white or green, has a number of health benefits, including glowing and youthful skin. The superstar in green tea is epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG), an incredibly potent antioxidant that offers many skin benefits.
EGCG extract can be found in many skincare products thanks to its healing powers and its ability to counter collagen breakdown, eliminate oxidation and reduce ultraviolet skin damage. In addition, green tea can also be used to reduce acne, rosacea and other forms of skin inflammation.
Retinol, a popular name in skincare is actually the term used for an entire vitamin A molecule, which also happens to be a multi-tasking antioxidant. It provides numerous benefits from acne prevention to wrinkle prevention. It can also be used to reduce discoloration, redness and inflammation and brown spots.
It works by increasing the production of substances that boost skin health, such as ceramides along with increasing collagen in the skin. What you get from regular use of retinol is firmer, fresher and even-toned skin.
You’ll see retinol listed as retinylaldehyde or retinyl palmitate in some products. Retinol is found in prescription skincare products only in the form of retinoic acid.
Antioxidants have a powerful synergy and function optimally together. Agave Spa skincare is home for numerous skincare products that feature multiple antioxidants including vitamin c, and retinol along with other natural ingredients providing a holistic approach to elevate skin health while hydrating it and enhancing its youthful glow. Agave spa's products are pure and leave the skin feeling new and refreshed.