«Antioxidants» by Jenna Duncan
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Antioxidants is Vitamin C Jenna Duncan
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We have all heard the health benefits of Anti-Oxidants, they fight free radicals that cause cancer and prevent or delay cell damage. Anti-oxidants are commonly found in fruits and vegetables, most notably Blueberries. They help fight the aging process and have become popular ingredients in skin care products. There are many different ingredients that fall into this category and Anti-oxidants can be great for all skin types and help treat many skin disorders, that is why they can be found in everything from cleansers to SPF.

Many beauty lines tout having these magic bullet ingredients but when choosing a product quality and potency are critical. IMAGE, to name one skin care line doing amazing things with antioxidants has developed an entire line featuring our first anti-oxidant Vitamin C.

The most commonly known anti-oxidant is Vitamin C, which comes in different forms; Ascorbic Acid, L-Ascorbic Acid and Vitamin C Ester, to name a few.  This ingredient is the most frequently used anti-oxidant in skin care because it is universal effective on many signs of aging.

Along with fighting free radicals and preventing cell damage, Vitamin C is effective at treating Roseca, Acne, Hyperpigmentation and Dehydration. As an anti-aging treatment Vitamin C promotes the production of Collagen and Elastin, two things our body stops producing as we age. L Ascorbic Acid is the most common form of Vitamin C found in many serums and cremes. When used to fight hyperpigmentation L ascorbic acid slows the production of melanin, helping fade and prevent dark spots caused by the sun, hormones and aging, it works equally well at fading acne scars.

As an anti-inflammatory Vitamin C can help treat skin condition’s such as Acne and Roseca by inhibiting the body’s inflammatory response to these disorders and calming the skin to help promote the healing process. As a moisturizer Vitamin C hydrates even the most parched skin and is great when used on dry acne.  With little side effects or contraindications Vitamin C will always be a go to treatment for many estheticians.

Green tea is a super anti-oxidant that has been used for hundreds of years to promote health and well-being. The botanical is an excellent source of polyphenols, specifically catechins. The most abundant polyphenol found in green tea is EGCG, epigallocatechin gallate. These polyphonic compounds are thought to aid in maintaining the appearance of an optimum complexion. The anti-inflammatory aspect of green tea makes it a popular ingredient for sensitive skin and acne treatments. 

Green tea is also anti-bacterial and this helps reduce inflammation that is caused by an acne break out, letting the wound heal and reducing redness. When used for anti-aging green tea is great for the dark circles and puffiness under the eyes because it is naturally anti-inflammatory it will not irritate this delicate area.  Green Tea help protect our skins natural moisture barrier aiding with dehydration and water loss. If you’re interested in reaping the benefits of green tea, try ORMEDIC Balancing Antioxidant Serum. Packed with organic green tea, it will soothe and moisturize for a glowing, healthy complexion. It can also be used after shaving or waxing to calm irritated skin.

Who hasn’t heard of the wonders of Grapes, red wine is our favorite “it’s good for me” drink.  What makes grapes so healthy? Besides being a powerful antioxidant, they have Resveratrol which offers another significant anti-aging benefit – Not only can it help to prevent against environmental damage such as UV rays and oxidative stress, it can also protect skin cells from inflammation. This is an excellent nutrient for anyone looking for anti-ageing skincare benefits as it helps to combat those damaging free radicals that cause your skin to lose elasticity, radiance and suppleness. In fact, Resveratrol acts as a sunscreen, shielding skin from damage and premature signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles.

Please Note: You still need a sunscreen if using products with Resveratrol, it is not effective as a stand-alone SPF. Prevention + SPF 32 by IMAGE skincare has included grape seed extract in their sunscreens for just that reason.  

If you are looking to incorporate Anti-Oxidants into your skin care regime, first think about what your skin care needs. If your issues are redness or Rosacea, then a skin care line with Vitamin C is going to help without irritation. What about dry and dehydrated skin, you will benefit from Green Tea in your skin care routine, it protects against water loss and surrounds the cell with essential fatty acids to help nourish and hydrate skin. Got fine lines and wrinkles, get a serum with Resveratrol and see an increase in elasticity and suppleness with out harsh chemicals.

Image skincare has all these wonderful anti-oxidants in many of their products as mentioned in this article as well as many others. Contact an expert to see how anti-oxidants can help with your specific skin care needs.

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