Antioxidants are important substances that protect our skin from free radicals that can cause cellular damage. They do a lot in the reparation and care of our skin, such as reduce age/sun spots, acne, inflammation and they minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You probably know of antioxidants such as vitamins E, C and niacinamide. These are among the most common in skincare products. Today we’re sharing five incredible antioxidants with you, and why they’re essential to your skincare routine.
The ascorbic acid found in vitamin C is well known among skincare enthusiasts for its anti-aging abilities. It brightens the skin while fading uneven skin tone for a more youthful appearance. More significantly, it encourages the production of collagen to help the skin look and feel firmer. It plays a very important role in repairing the skin from damage, such as sun burn and protects the skin from free radicals. Ascorbic acid works even better when combined with other antioxidants, such as vitamin E and ferulic acid.
Green tea is among the most popular super foods, thanks to its many health benefits. It’s also a staple in the beauty industry due to a little known antioxidant called EGCG. Along with its antioxidant properties, green tea has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, which can treat many skin conditions as well as signs of aging.
Gold skincare is more than just a fleeting trend. Gold is an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties that skincare experts say will leave you with a picture-worthy, flawless glow. This is partly thanks to the cosmetic aspect of the gold. The properties found in gold can stimulate cells and promote blood circulation for healthier skin.
Emblica, or Indian Gooseberry, is an herbal treatment that effectively lightens skin. Once mostly popular in Ayurveda, Emblica is now being used in the skincare industry as a safer alternative to hydroquinone (a bleaching agent that lightens skin). Although used in many OTC products to lighten discoloration, hydroquinone can cause side effects such as skin burning, redness, and extreme dryness. Emblica has shown no signs of producing side effects, so it can safely treat skin discolorations such as melasma, age spots and hyper-pigmentation.
This powerful antioxidant comes from the skin of grapes, and is gaining widespread popularity in the skin care industry. On one hand, it destroys existing free radicals, while preventing their formation on the other. This reduces cell damage, which keeps the skin fresh and supple. It’s a great defense against environmental stressors, including UV rays, which can cause premature aging without adequate protection.