We know antioxidants are good for us. They are vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need to function, and they may help slow the ageing process as well!
Your body is a system. All parts of that system work together to do whatever it is that you do on a daily basis, from breathing to growing hair to hauling it up at Sephora. The basis for this entire system is cells. 37.2 TRILLION microscopc cells that make up who you are.
Cells in our bodies are produced, reproduce and die all the time, but as we age, cells don’t reproduce and function as well. This contributes to aging. If you want to be super depressed, Google “cells and ageing.” Basically, our bodies start breaking down in phases, and the first cells to stop working? Skin cells. Ugh, I know. It’s a cruel world.
Your skin cells start to degenerate in your mid-twenties and factors like stress, smoking, alcohol, pollution, and radiation (like UV rays from the sun) can speed up the process. So, what can we do to help our cells and ourselves? Antioxidants are a good start.
In short, antioxidants can help prevent cell damage. There are many types of antioxidants including beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. We know that these vitamins and nutrients are good to put on our skin via a vitamin c serum or retinoids, but we don’t often think of how much consuming them can help our skin as well.
You should consume antioxidants every day. Daily values needed for each antioxidant will vary depending on the individual, so you should talk to a doctor and reserch before starting any supplements. Some antioxidants may not do much harm in larger amounts such as vitamin C, but some could have side effects. The general rule is to eat better. Eat foods rich in antioxidants at each meal. Some good foods are berries, green tea, tomatoes, citrus fruits, broccoli, legumes, carrots, watermelon and sweet potatoes.
So, how about topical antioxidants? Start with a good vitamin C serum to use for your morning routine. I love Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop. When using vitamin C or other acids, make sure to apply extra sunscreen!
For vitamin A, try a retinol or a serum containing retinoic acid or retinyl palmitate. I prefer my vitamin A in a moisturizer to combat the strenth of the reinol. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer is a great one to start with.
Vitamin E is a pretty common skincare ingredient in moisturizers, serums and toners. Take your pick! Or, try Mario Badescu Complex Moisturizer With Vitamin E SPF 20.
If you want something that packs all your topical antioxidants into one product, check out Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum.
The antioxidants we consume and the ones we apply to our skin will work together to help slow down cell damage and provide us with logevity. Other things you should do along with using antioxidants are wearing sunscreen every day all day. I don’t care what time of year it is and what your plans are, wear a good sunscreen.
Also, have a good skincare framework. Cleans or apply water to your skin twice a day, use toner twice a day, then follow with your serums and treatments. Finally, moisturize and apply your SPF. Rememeber to exfoliate regularly to get rid of the dead cells as well.
Additionally, if you don’t have a routine like this already, be sure to give the routine about 90 days to start working. USually, people stop using skincare after 15 to 30 days if they don’t see results, but this is not enough time.
One last note, if you have issues with vitamin A, talk to a dermatologist to get on a good routine for use. Vitamin A can be tricky to get the hang of.
❤ – Lynn