If antioxidants aren’t already a part of your daily skin care routine and diet, they’re something you need to start incorporating ASAP! One of the most common questions I get is ‘what is an antioxidant serum? Do I need one?’ The answer is YES YES YES! Let’s talk about why.
What are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants are important for their ability to limit damage in the cells caused by free radicals. They protect against things like viruses, infections, pollution, chemicals and UV rays. Antioxidants are equally important internally as they are externally. Consuming antioxidant rich foods can help reduce the risk of diseases like heart disease and certain cancers. When applied to the skin as serumsthey can help prevent premature aging, celldamage and discoloration. An easy adjustment of adding more antioxidants into your skin care and diet will result in healthy, beautiful glowing skin.
Examples of Antioxidant Rich Foods
1. Sweet potatoes
2. Strawberries and Blueberries
3. Dark chocolate
5. Spinach and kale
6. Green tea
Examples of Antioxidants in Skin Care
1. Licorice root
helps fade discoloration. Has anti-aging properties.
2. Vitamin E
protects skin cells and contributes to cellular health.
3. Ferulic acid
protects skins main structures and delays photo aging.
4. Milk thistle
anti inflammatory and slows aging. Keeps skin supple.
5. Vitamin C
evens skin tone. Promotes collagen production.
*I wanted to note here that it is important when introducing a new serum to start slow, by using it every other morning for the first month to avoid sensitivities.
My Favorite Products
My favorite antioxidant product is the UltraProtective Antioxidant Complex from Ultraceuticals.
This product works best with the Mineral protect SPF 50
also by Ultraceuticals.
Apply the Ultra Protective Antioxidant Complex before your SPF for the best defense against free radicals in the environment and sun damage! Your skin will thank you.
Blog written by Brookfield Esthetician, Lindsay
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