Antioxidants have long been a buzzword in the world of health, wellness and skin care. But are they really necessary (and successful) in helping with the most common dermatological problems, like the signs of aging and sun damage, or are they just another trend?
The 411 on Antioxidants and Your Skin
Antioxidants help to protect your cells and neutralize the effects of another element you may also be familiar with in terms of your health and the appearance of your skin: free radicals. Think of free radicals like lit firecrackers roaming around throughout the body, burning healthy proteins and cells in their path (a process known as oxidation).
Antioxidants bind with free radicals to help mitigate the damage to our cells. The body naturally produces some, and a plant-based diet rich in fruit and vegetables is another source of antioxidants. Because free radicals can also affect the aging process, antioxidant rich skin care is designed to help deal with issues like decreased collagen production, fine lines and wrinkles, and sun damage.
Many skin care products incorporate antioxidant properties to help keep the skin looking young and fresh. Think of them as the “super foods” for your face and body:
- Vitamin C and E
- Beta carotene
- Green tea
- Red wine
- Dark chocolate
- Grape seeds and berries
Many skin care lines include popular antioxidant ingredients, but does Dermatology and science back up the hype? Studies have shown that there can be benefits to using topical antioxidant skin care products, but it is important to remember that there is no magic bullet or one size fits all solution when it comes to your skin.
The most important factors in maintaining healthy skin and preventing premature aging are finding products and a routine that is appropriate for your individual skin type, and protecting your face and body from overexposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun (and tanning beds). Coupled with a healthy diet and lifestyle, a good skin care routine is the one that delivers the best results for you.
For more information on the best anti-aging and skin care products and treatments for your face and body, contact us today by calling 303-761-7797 to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist in Denver.