Have you ever cut open an avocado, returned to it later and it’s brown? That process is called oxidation and it is caused by free radicals in the air. The same thing can apply to our skin when we are exposed to things like pollution, smoke and chemicals. This is where antioxidants come in, they sweep away those free radicals. They are used for all kinds of prevention, from anti – ageing in your skin to cancer. Antioxidants can be ingested through food and drink or applied topically through skincare. Here are some that we love and why…
Green tea is probably the most well-known antioxidant and it’s health benefits are very apparent. Chemicals in green tea called catechins can reduce cell damage and inflammation. Finding skincare products containing green tea and applying them can externally help calm the skin. Drinking green tea every day improves hydration levels, improve brain function and even fights off cancer cells. Our organic natural face wash contains green tea.
Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is great for brightening the skin and giving it a youthful dew, as well as firming the skin it also reverses damage from UV rays. Vitamin C’s ability to stimulate collagen production does wonders for the skin. Not only does this powerful anti-ageing nutrient rebuild collagen, but its potent antioxidant power also protects skin from age-causing free radicals. It’s the ultimate antidote for tired skin.When you ingest vitamin C through foods like oranges or red peppers, it helps to boost your immune system.
Lycopene is classified as a carotene, which gives many fruits and vegetables their bright yellow, red, and orange colour. Aside from performing vital functions during photosynthesis, carotenes are also important to free radical scavengers that protect us from overexposure to damaging UV-light. Lycopene’s antioxidant and UV-blocking capabilities naturally make it an invaluable weapon in the battle against ageing skin. Found in tomatoes, it’s great for helping the skin texture and getting rid of any roughness – leaving you with smooth supple skin!
Glycolic acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) naturally found in sugar cane. You can find this ingredient in our regenerating Rose Renew serum and face cream. It helps exfoliate the surface of the skin, leaving it glowing and youthful. It eats away at the dead skin cells without the need to use a harsh scrub. Products containing between a 5% and 15% concentration will give optimal results, our organic face cream contains 5%.
Retinol is one of the most powerful anti-ageing ingredients on the market. If used correctly, it can physically reverse the signs of ageing. It thickens and stimulates the top layers of the skin, where the collagen and elastin are kept. Therefore it reduces wrinkles and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin. Vitamin A is a cell communicator that can help damaged skin cells return to their normal function. They also help to fade dark spots resulting from photo-aging, hyperpigmentation, hormonal changes, and blemish scars. To ingest vitamin A look for it in sweet potato, carrots, apricots and bell peppers.
This component of vitamin B3 benefits the skin in numerous ways. It enhances collagen and elastin production, it helps fade hyperpigmentation to even out skin tone and it acts as an anti-inflammatory, calming problem skin conditions. Niacinamide is good at helping stop the formation of dark spots in the deeper layers of the skin.Scientific studies have found that niacinamide stimulates collagen, minimising the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation spots, red blotches and improving the skins overall texture.
Astaxanthin is considered to be nature’s most powerful antioxidant it is a carotenoid as can be found in carrots, however, it comes from red algae and hence it carries a beautiful orange/red hue. With regards to antioxidant power or potency, astaxanthin has been quoted as being 550 times stronger than vitamin E, and 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C! The combination of its high-potency antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties allows it to address a vast array of health and skin concerns. Astaxanthin has incredible UV-blocking properties, which helps to assist the skin in protecting itself against sun-related damage. As it also increases blood flow, it helps to eliminate toxins from the skin effectively and nourish the cells, helping to increase cell turnover, improve elasticity and to keep the skin’s moisture at optimum levels.