The wrinkling and discoloration of your skin has something in common with the browning of cut apples: both your skin and apples oxidize when they’re unprotected. Therefore, combating signs of aging means you have to find ways to anti-oxidize your skin and what better way is there to do it than using an antioxidant. Antioxidants are natural compounds that counter your aging process, which explains why they’re present in most top of the line skincare products.
When it comes to skincare, none of us are strangers to vitamin E and its benefits. Also listed as tocopherol or tocotrienols, vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin and antioxidant that is available in synthetic an natural forms. Both forms are great for skin but as expected, the natural form is more powerful and it absorbs better into the skin.
Of the many functions of vitamin E, vitamin E protects your cell membranes from oxidative damage caused by the UV rays of the sun. It works wonderfully with vitamin C to combat common skin concerns and stimulate a healthy glow.
Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is a highly effective antioxidant that treats wrinkles, discoloration and dullness of the skin. Topical application of vitamin C helps increase collagen production, which includes your dermal collagen as well that combats signs of aging such as wrinkles.
Research also shows that vitamin C helps brighten the face, reduce acne and inflammation, strengthen your skin barrier and boost its self-repair process. This helps your skin look better and become more resistant to sunlight and other external factors that speed up its aging process.
Vitamin A or Retinol
A vitamin A molecule as a whole is called retinol, which has a strong reputation in the skincare industry. Retinol is a powerful ingredient and antioxidant that provides a multitude of benefits when used regularly.
Retinol is highly recommended for those who want to reduce inflammation, red spots and acne marks, pimples and discoloration. In prescription skincare products, you’ll see retinol listed as retinoic acid.
Retinol works by helping the skin produce healthier skin cells and stronger support compounds like ceramides. It also boosts collagen and glycosaminoglycan in the skin, thereby making the skin firmer, clearer and tougher against external harm. Modern research also shows that retinol can be used to fight rosacea as it helps reduce the inflammation and chronic redness that comes with the condition.
Whether you drink it or apply it to your skin, there is no doubt that green tea is a super potent antioxidant that helps improve your skin health. Research also shows that most types of teas include black and white have noteworthy skin benefits as well.
One major compound in green tea that provides massive free radical protection is epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG). According to research, when applied topically, EGCG extract can help prevent collagen breakdown associated with aging and reduce damages caused by sunlight. Studies also show that green tea is an excellent anti-inflammatory product making it a great acne annihilator.