How Antioxidants Help You Keep Your Youthful Appearance

As we age, our skin is one of the first things to show the signs of aging. Wrinkles, sagging skin and age or sun spots all reveal our true age or worse yet, make us appear even older than we are! Thankfully, there is a type of ingredient in skincare products that can help minimize or possibly reverse the signs of aging. What is this type of ingredient? Antioxidants.

Popular Foods Containing Antioxidants

Blueberries Bell Peppers
Walnuts Spinach
Strawberries Beans
Kale Apples
Cranberries Prunes

Antioxidants are used (among other things) to improve the condition of skin and reduce additional skin damage from occurring. The most popular antioxidants used for skin care are the vitamins A, C and E. Scientific studies have shown that antioxidants help to reduce the signs of aging and in some cases, even reverse some of the damage that has already occurred. Sun damaged skin in particular has been shown to improve when antioxidants have been applied directly to the affected area.

antioxidantsAntioxidants work by attacking free radicals, which are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd number of electrons that can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Free radicals can damage cells, and cause the cells to work ineffectively or die. Antioxidants protect skin cells by attacking these free radicals.

Some powerful ingredients to look for in anti-aging skin care products include green tea extract or grape seed extract. Green tea has been shown to reduce the size of pre-cancerous skin lesions due to one of its active ingredients, catechins.

Grape seed extract has shown to reduce inflammation of the skin and in addition it helps to strengthen blood vessels, which helps with the circulation of blood. Grape seed extract is twenty times stronger than vitamin C and fifty times stronger than vitamin A. Because of these properties, grape seed extract is a popular inclusion in many skin care products.

It is possible to look younger than your years and keep a healthy, youthful appearance until your older years. Eat right (including foods high in antioxidants), exercise, and take care of your skin by using antioxidant-containing skincare products.