Antioxidants are your body’s go-to defenders in the fight against aging. They team up against disease and counteract the effects of free radicals while combating the aging process. Here’s why I’m their biggest fan:
THEY FIGHT AGING FROM THE INSIDE OUT.
We can’t feel it when free radicals injure our cells, but when it happens, antioxidants go into defense mode in an effort to stop the chain reaction of damaged cells. Over time, without a strong defense, this cellular breakdown can lead to a number of chronic diseases. Antioxidants help to counteract this process.
THEY SUPPORT HEALTHY SKIN.
Common skin woes like dull, uneven tone and wrinkles can all be improved with the use of an antioxidant serum. Add an antioxidant serum to your daily skin care regimen or mix the serum with your sunscreen to naturally brighten your skin and add an extra layer of protection.
Try SkinMedica’s TNS Essential Serum®, which contains a potent combination of antioxidants including Coenzyme Q10, green tea leaf extract, blackberry leaf extract and vitamins C and E to protect against free radical damage.
THEY FIT INTO A HEALTHY DIET.
Studies show that there’s more to protecting your skin than applying topical products: eating a diet high in antioxidants can help to ward off the signs of aging from within. The foods you consume directly affect your skin, so eating well and looking your best go hand-in-hand.
Eat well-balanced meals with a complex mix of antioxidants—think vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes—to round out your diet.
THEY COUNTERACT BAD HABITS.
Smoking, air pollution, excessive alcohol consumption and even eating deep-fried foods can promote free radical formation within your body. Air pollution has been linked to cataracts, skin cancer and wrinkles, while cigarette smoking has been linked to gum disease, heart problems and cancer.
It’s important to remember that while antioxidants provide an important defense system against free radical damage, they do not negate the effects of destructive habits like smoking.
These vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are mostly naturally occurring substances and often have specific functions. For example, lycopene helps defend the skin against sun damage. Certain antioxidants (like isothiocyanates, found in broccoli and cauliflower) battle pollutants like nicotine, while vitamin E helps prevent wrinkle formation and works to stop the cellular damage that causes skin cancer.
Take a smart approach and avoid zeroing in on one antioxidant function—incorporating a wide array of antioxidants into your diet and skin care routine is the best way to achieve optimal protection.