Before we get into the benefits of antioxidants in skincare products, let’s check out what antioxidants are in the first place. In short, antioxidants are substances (like certain vitamins) that prevents the damage of skin cells caused by oxidants, hence the word, “Anti.” Essentially, the antioxidants work by removing the damaging oxidant agents in your skin so that your skin does not lose oxygen. All cells in the body require oxygen to live. Antioxidants come in all different shapes and sizes. You can find them in fruits, vegetables, coffee, tea and even some chocolates!
4 Big Benefits of Antioxidants in Skincare
The purpose of antioxidants is to protect your cells so you can imagine why using skin treatments that contain antioxidants is incredibly beneficial. Continue reading for more information on specific benefits:
Reduces the Appearance of Wrinkles
Although it is nearly impossible to diminish the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles without skin injections or surgery, antioxidants can help to plump the skin. Plumping the skin smooths out wrinkles making the skin look visibly younger. Specific ingredients containing wrinkle reducing ingredients include vitamin C, E and A. If you are looking for a natural way to smooth out those pesky fine lines around the eyes, mouth and forehead, try investing in a product containing those antioxidants.
Repairs & Protects from Sun Damage
Another wonderful benefit antioxidants offer is protection and repair from sun damage. Sun damage is the number one cause of premature aging, age spots and uneven skin tone. Using a skin treatment that contains antioxidants can help keep your skin safe from future cell damage. Although SPF is still necessary, using an antioxidant skin treatment will help your skin rejuvenate damaged zones for a more even & youthful appearance. Antioxidants also stimulate blood flow in the skin which helps the growth of new skin cells. Try using a cleanser or moisturizer that you can use on the face as well as the body.
Contains Anti-Inflammatory Properties
One great benefit to using antioxidant filled skin treatments is the anti-inflammatory properties in antioxidants. As we age, free radicals (molecules that are produced by environmental exposures such as radiation) break down skin cells. When skin cells are broken down elasticity is lost and the face starts to thin out. Over exposure to free radicals is a leading cause to premature aging. When using a skin treatment that contains antioxidants, it can help to reduce inflammation which helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Brightens Uneven Skin Tones
Antioxidants are also used for scar treatment and reducing the appearance of hyper pigmentation. This is an important benefit for those who want to brighten scar tissue due to damage. Scar tissue has a different cell structure compared to healthy cells. Antioxidants help to rebuild scar tissue which reduces the appearance of dark spots. Certain antioxidants increase blood flow to scar tissue which blends the scars into the new skin development. If you are searching for a hyper pigmentation treatment, there are various options to choose from. There are moisturizers, gels, patches and serums. Ask a skin specialist if you have questions or concerns about what ingredients work for your complexion.