the following is from cosmeticscop.com ~ beauty bulletin by Paula Begoun:
3 Reasons Why Antioxidants Are Your Skin’s Best Friend!Research has shown time and again that topically-applied antioxidants have multiple benefits for skin, particularly in the presence of sunlight. What you might not realize was how critical antioxidants are as we age. Here’s some interesting information from a recent article published in the peer-reviewed journal Cosmetic Dermatology:
- Skin exposure to UV radiation can completely exhaust the skin’s natural supply of antioxidants. With continued unprotected sun exposure, UV rays can act like a kid in a candy store, indiscriminately “helping themselves” to your skin’s support structure. It’s as though your skin’s soldiers (its natural supply of defenses against oxidative damage) have laid down their arms, allowing the enemy to win the war.
- The result? With continued unprotected sun exposure, skin’s oxidative defense system becomes incapable of fully regenerating itself. What’s worse, the little that does get regenerated is consistently weakened and less capable of defending skin from damage.
- Topically-applied antioxidants not only prevent damage from reactive oxygen species (or ROS, rouge molecules generated by free radical damage) but they also help prevent the conversion of normally harmless or helpful substances in skin into pro-oxidants.
- Imagine that: going without sufficient antioxidant protection and ignoring sun protection means innocent substances in skin begin acting like criminals, looting your skin of what it needs to look youthful and resist damage.
- When it comes to the body or the skin there is no single best antioxidant. In fact, shopping for skin-care products centered around one antioxidant (like vitamins C or E) means you won’t be giving your skin its best chance of recovering from the various types of damage caused by oxidation and sunlight.
- There are thousands of brilliant antioxidants available. Research has made it abundantly clear that different antioxidants have different strengths and weaknesses. Some antioxidants are all-around free radical scavengers while others work better to regenerate substances in skin that work to defend it from oxidative damage and inflammation.
- The bottom line is that taking a cocktail approach to using antioxidant topically is best. Variety is the spice of antioxidants and the more in your skin care products the better!