What Are Antioxidants?


Green Tea is an amazing choice for younger-looking skin.

Antioxidants are substances that inhibit oxidation, thereby preventing and repairing damage to the body’s tissues (the damage that causes aging). Oxidation is the process that makes metal rust and occurs when free radicals start causing trouble.

But what are free radicals?

Free radicals are unstable molecules that start oxidation, the process that causes damage to body tissue and leads to cell dysfunction. They are a major contributor to all visible signs of aging – age spots, fine lines, sagging and wrinkles – on the skin.

… so why are antioxidants important?

Antioxidants help reduce signs of aging and calm inflamed skin while tightening and toning the complexion. Therefore, it is important that they are properly incorporated into your diet and skincare routine to improve the skin’s overall health.

Look for skin care ingredients Vitamins A, C, E as well as Green Tea. These help fortify cells against damaging free radicals while encouraging cell and tissue growth for renewing and repairing the complexion. Vitamins C and E are best known for their ability to protect against sun damage and help boost existing sun block while aiding in improving skin tone, texture, and discoloration. Flavonoids in Green Tea Extracts help improve skin tone and texture and prevent inflammation.

What antioxidants do for YOU:

  1. Anti-inflammatory properties help increase circulation and cell metabolism. Alpha Lipoic Acid, found in pine bark and green tea, is especially well-known for its ability to help even skin tone and keep acne and wrinkles at bay.
  2. By helping promote cell turnover, antioxidants are ideal for those suffering from hyperpigmentation (age or sun spots) and scarring and those who seek to improve overall skin tone and texture. Products featuring Vitamin C as an active ingredient are highly recommended because they help even out and brighten the complexion for a more youthful, radiant glow.
  3. Skin-firming abilities not only help slow visible signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging, but also improve the skin’s overall health.
  4. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are reduced. Keep in mind that no product can “get rid” of wrinkles, but here’s where antioxidant-rich creams and serums come into play. Ingredients like Vitamins C and E help restore hydration and therefore plump the skin, leaving the complexion lifted, toned, and more youthful-looking.
  5. Protecting against sun damage is what antioxidants are most well-known for. They help stimulate blood flow, thereby encouraging cell growth, and also work to boost your sun protection.

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Author: Kimberly Yang

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that skin care is paramount, green tea is everything, and the Internet rules all (typical Gen-Y philosophy; if it wasn't 'grammed, it never happened). Also pertinent: writer, Aries, content manager here at Mario Badescu. For more about me, visit my Google+ page.

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