Why our skin needs antioxidants

We all know that we should look after our skin; after all, beautiful glowing skin takes work.

Some of us may turn to our favourite creams, toners and cleansers to ensure that our skin looks tip-top. But what we may not realise is that antioxidants, whether eaten or applied to the skin, are essential in protecting our skin and making sure it looks its best.

What are antioxidants and what do they do?

Antioxidants are nutrients (vitamins and minerals) and enzymes (proteins inside the body) that help to prevent and repair damage to the cells in the body.

Antioxidants protect the skin by limiting the effects of cell-damaging free radicals (opens in new tab).

Free radicals are molecules that are produced by environmental exposures, such as UV rays from the sun, smoking, or the breakdown of food in the body.

Free radicals that are not neutralised by antioxidants cause severe damage to cells and cause oxidative stress (opens in new tab), an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the body’s ability to detoxify their harmful effects through neutralisation by antioxidants.

When it comes to caring for your skin, the research is clear: antioxidants are essential in helping to protect your skin from the unavoidable damaging effects of the environment. Antioxidants protect the skin from the damaging effects of the sun, the biggest cause of premature skin ageing and skin cancer. They also prevent scarring, calm the skin and brighten a dull complexion.

The best way to see why antioxidants are great for our skin is to look at the benefits of each in turn. So just what are the most important and why are they good?

Vitamin E

One of the most well-known antioxidants. Vitamin E is known to protect your skin from some of those outside influences that can have a negative impact on your skin. It is often found in sun cream as it is known to defend against UV ray exposure.

Vitamin E is often found in serums and moisturisers combined with the equally powerful Vitamin C.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that is considered to be a skin superfood due to its wide range of skin benefits. When applied topically it boosts collagen production which firms and smooths the skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, fades hyperpigmentation, brightens dull skin, improves skin tone and reduces scarring. It also hydrates and calms irritated skin.

Vitamin C is also known to protect your skin and make sure that it is able to look after itself, no matter what life may throw at it.

Retinol

The technical term for Vitamin A, retinol is an amazing antioxidant and is great for your skin.

It has a number of benefits for those who have troublesome skin. This includes balancing uneven skin tone, smoothing rough surface texture and reducing enlarged pores.

Retinol is a good ingredient to use if you suffer from acne as it unclogs congested pores and fades pigmentation.

Retinol is also a fantastic anti-ageing treatment as it diminishes fine lines, wrinkles and dullness.

Want to make the most of all those antioxidants?

Whilst it is great to try and use more antioxidant rich products for your skin, it is important to make the most of them too.

This is where the derma roller can help. Research has shown that unfortunately no matter how good a topical skin product is, normally only 0.3% of its active ingredients penetrate the skin - the remaining 97.7% simply sits on the skin’s surface and is effectively wasted.

The derma roller is proven to increase absorption by up to 3000%, meaning that 75-85% of the active ingredients penetrate to deeper skin layers where they can really make a difference.

Combining derma roller treatment with antioxidants will give your skin a massive boost and give you the beautiful glow you are looking for.

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