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Antioxidants 101

What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are substances or nutrients in our food and products which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body.  Antioxidants act as “free radicals scavengers” and neutralize, hence prevent and repair damage done by these free radicals.  Free radicals cause wrinkles, dull skin, skin cancer and age spot or hyperpigmentation.   These antioxidants work by speeding up the skin’s natural repair systems and by directly inhibiting further damage.

 

What are the most common antioxidants?

Vitamin A

Vitamin C

Vitamin E

Carotenoids

Selenium

 

What are the top foods that are high in antioxidants?

 

All berries, pomegranate, grapes, oranges, pineapples, all yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, brazil nuts, shell fish, vegetable oils, and broccoli are some of them.

 

Vitamin C

What is it?  This is a familiar essential antioxidant for the skin and body, it is critical; but it is not produce by our body.  It is beneficial and crucial that we add vitamin C to our daily regimen.  It comes in a number of forms, but the purest version of vitamin C and worth your hard-earned money is “Ascorbic Acid”.  This antioxidant has proven antiflammatory, collagen building and sun protecting benefits.

 

Vitamin E

What is it?  Vitamin E is vital protecting skin cells, because of its antioxidants activity’ it protects gains UV rays, pollution, drugs, and other elements that produce cell damaging from free radicals.  Vitamin E helps prevent the appearance of age spots or hyper pigmentation, it reduces trans-epidermal water loss from skin and strengthens the skin’s barrier function.

 

My favorite skin care product yet?

 

C E ferulic

C E FERULIC

from SkinCeuticals

I am in love with this antioxidant, because of its benefits, and how much my skin has benefited from it.  I have noticed a major improvement with my age spots, and fine lines, there has been and improvement overall on my skin’s appearance.  I apply this product every morning after I’ve washed my face, follow by a moisturizer and then a sunscreen.

Whenever I perform facials on my patients, I love to customize it to their needs and most of the time use this products on them.  They tell me how much they like it and how they love how it feels on their skin.

 

We are all beautiful inside and outside, let’s take care of our body by fighting those free radicals!

 

 

 

 

Article courtesy of NIMA’s very own student: 

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Erika Morillo