Not just another buzzword, antioxidants are a very real and crucial component in our quest for optimal health and fighting damage. But what are they and what do they do?
Oxidation occurs because damage is present in the cells from sources such as stress, pollution sun damage… Think of an old piece of metal that has been left outside for a long time. Rust is oxidation. The cells break down from this damage, resulting in aging and in extreme cases, disease. Antioxidants seek to repair the cells and make them whole again.
WHERE DO I FIND THEM? Following is a list of some powerful sources:
Vitamin C – found in citrus and many fruits/vegetables
. reduces fine lines
. boosts collagen production
. reduces hyperpigmentation
. protects from phototaging
. heals, prevents scarring
Anthocyanins – found in dark berries/purple vegetables
. slows photoaging
. helps prevent collagen loss
Lycopene – found in tomatoes, red fruit
. protects against UV damage
. reduces redness due to sun damage
. repairs, rejuvenates
. protects from UV damage
As you can see, both internally and externally we benefit from antioxidants’ power to keep us – and our skin – healthy and vibrant.