Antioxidants: good for your body, good for your skin

We've all heard about incorporating antioxidants into our diets to protect our cells and organs against free radicals. But what are the roles and benefits of antioxidants in skin care? – Are they essential for healthy skin?

Skin is our largest organ. It is constantly exposed to free radicals within our environment. So it is not only our inner organs that needs a bit of help to stay healthy and well-funcioning!

To understand better how antioxidants help skin care, lets have a quick look at what exactly “free radicals” are. Without going into too much depth with fancy scientific terms to remember, free radicals are oxygen atoms which look for other electrons to form a pair: electrons like to be in pairs. In this process of finding a pair, these unpaired free radicals can cause damage to surrounding skin cells, DNA and proteins.

With prolonged oxidizing and exposure to free radicals our skin can show signs of aging with wrinkles, fine lines, break down of collagen, dark spots, skin sagging, lack plumpness and a youthful glow. Free radicals are also known to contribute to acne, congested pores, sensitive and sensitized skin types. All the things we want to avoid!

So, how do we prevent oxidising and exposure to free radicals? Easy, with antioxidants.

If you are wondering where to find antioxidants, we have prepared a list with examples of key ingredients in skin care that are rich in antioxidants so you can quickly identify them in your next skincare purchase:

  • Berries – Blueberries, Strawberries, Gooseberries, Raspberries, Goji Berries
  • Green, red and purple grape varieties
  • Green tea (particularly Matcha)
  • Whole cereals including oats, bran and barley
  • Grains and pulses – e.g. Rice, Adzuki (Red Beans)
  • Kale
  • Beetroot
  • Spinach
  • Artichokes

Antioxidant ingredients can be placed in to all sorts of formulations: toners, micellar water, cleansers, serums, moisturisers, sheet masks, etc. Opting for a product which actually stays on your face and isn’t rinsed-off is said to be most ideal. It will ensure that antioxidants stay present deep within skin in order to fully reap the benefits.

Naturally sourced ingredients (like those mentioned above) don’t just provide essential antioxidants; many of them are reliable sources of Vitamins and Micronutrients. For example Blueberries, which are used in our (Isla Rosa) Micellar Water, contain a sufficient amount of Vitamins A, C, E and K as well as Zinc and Iron – metal cofactors/ions which are already naturally present in our enzyme proteins and ultimately contribute to a healthy protective skin barrier.

Now that the importance of antioxidants in skin care has been highlighted, are you ready to incorporate them in your skincare products in addition to your diet?

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