The role of antioxidants for a healthy complexion
You see more and more advertisements for cosmetics mentioning the presence of antioxidants, but you may not know exactly what these compounds are and how they work. You've come to the right place to find out!
We have summarized all the information you need to understand the role of these molecules for a healthy complexion, and after reading this article you will understand exactly why it is necessary to introduce antioxidant-containing cosmetics into your daily skincare routine.
Antioxidants vs. free radicals
Before going into specific details, it is necessary to mention a few aspects of the relationship between antioxidants and free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that are harmful to the skin and have a structure in which one or more electrons are missing.
Specifically, the atoms in the molecular structure of free radicals are paired, whereas electrons are not. In their attempt to become stable molecules, free radicals react with other types of molecules, such as those in the skin, and ultimately destroy healthy cells.
Where do free radicals come from? Well, some are produced by our own bodies, but most free radicals are the result of exposure to harmful environmental factors: chemicals (including chemicals in conventional cosmetics), UV rays, pollution in big cities and more.
What happens when your skin is assaulted by free radicals? The body can fight free radicals to some extent, but when it is overwhelmed, oxidative stress occurs. To better understand this whole process, visualise a peeled banana that you leave too long on your plate and it blackens. This phenomenon is caused by free radicals, which produce the oxidation reaction. Now think again about your skin and the damage free radicals cause.
What is the link between antioxidants and free radicals? There are numerous scientific studies that prove the effectiveness of antioxidants in the fight against free radicals. Specifically, antioxidants work to neutralise excess free radicals, protect cells from their toxic effect and prevent serious skin diseases. Although antioxidants are themselves produced naturally by the body, you can help this whole process by introducing natural cosmetics into your skincare routine that are high in antioxidants.
How do high antioxidant cosmetics help you?
Many skincare products, especially natural ones, have ingredients high in antioxidants. Topical application of antioxidants has an anti-ageing effect, protecting your skin from UV rays and soothing inflammation.
Thanks to the action of antioxidants, your complexion will be visibly rejuvenated and at the same time protected from the action of external factors that contribute to premature ageing: prolonged exposure to the sun, pollution or smoking.
As mentioned, UV rays are one of the main factors leading to skin ageing and antioxidants have a shielding effect against them. Of course, you should not omit the use of high protection factor creams, whose effectiveness will be higher if natural cosmetics with antioxidant ingredients are part of your routine.
As you can see from the information I gave you earlier, free radicals are the culprits of skin inflammation. Antioxidant ingredients reduce inflammation and remove the effects of inflammation on the skin, with a calming effect.
Cosmetics with strong antioxidant effect
Before purchasing cosmetics, it is necessary to inform yourself properly, and this process includes carefully studying the list of ingredients that a particular product contains. And if you're looking for products with a strong antioxidant role, we recommend you turn your attention to those containing the following two ingredients.
It is one of the most widely used and effective antioxidant ingredients and helps to stimulate collagen production, achieve an even and radiant complexion, soothe inflammation and diminish pigmentation spots.
Another powerful antioxidant, vitamin A reduces fine lines and gives the complexion a much smoother, healthier look, thanks to the fact that it stimulates collagen production. It also helps cell regeneration, which means your complexion will no longer be burdened with the unsightly appearance of dead skin cells.
You can find these antioxidants in natural cosmetics that have a formula based on ingredients rich in the two vitamins such as the HYDRA SENSE range. So you'll be able to fight free radicals with antioxidants that come from safe, clean-label sources that only benefit your skin.