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What Antioxidants Should I Look For In My Skincare Product?

What Antioxidants Should I Look For In My Skincare Product?

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Our bodies are constantly at work. Sometimes, there is a lack of production of certain chemicals, oils or other important factors that normally help keep your body at 100%. Other times, your body produces things like harmful molecules that develop that should be combatted through use of things like antioxidants. In this particular instance, these harmful molecules are free radicals.

What are free radicals?

Free radicals are unstable, highly reactive molecules that damage cells and cause aging. However, our bodies combat this by using naturally produced antioxidants.

There should be a balance amongst free radicals and antioxidants, but when this balance falls off, typically underproduction of antioxidants, the free radicals are unchecked and left to dominate. The best way to fight the production and severity of free radicals is by protecting your skin from the sun through sunscreen, particularly protection from UVA and UVB rays. But sunscreen isn't the only way. Another system to help manage free radical damage is to use skincare products that contain antioxidants.

What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are found in all whole food of plant and animal origin. Essentially, they are required for the survival of all living organisms. According to Harvard Health

"Antioxidant" is a general term for any compound that can counteract unstable molecules called free radicals that damage DNA, cell membranes, and other parts of cells."

Antioxidants are found in all whole food of plant and animal origin. Essentially, they are required for the survival of all living organisms. According to Harvard Health, 

Which antioxidants should I look for?

The US National Library of Medicine recommends the following vitamins as being particularly important when looking for ways to prevent free radicals:

Vitamin C:

A water-soluble antioxidant, vitamin C is the primary line of defense against free radicals in whole blood and plasma. Inhibiting lipid peroxidation and helping to regenerate vitamin E, Y. Claire Chang, MD, says it prevents aging skin and brown or dark spots and stimulates collagen.

Vitamin E:

Vitamin E is found in cell membranes and near lipoproteins. It protects against oxidative damage and also prevents atherosclerosis.

Carotenoids:

Cartoenoids are lipid-soluble antioxidants that help prevent inflammation, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, and mortality. They can also improve the status of other antioxidants, and work against lipid peroxidation.

Melanin:

A hormone synthesized from serotonin, melatonin has been associated with regulating the circadian rhythm and has been shown to prevent oxidative damage in cells.

What about antioxidants in my diet?

Your diet plays an essential role in antioxidants. While you can seek out specific skincare products with antioxidants, you should also look for a well rounded diet with rich vegetables and fruits to help in antioxidant absorption.

If you are looking for a skincare product with antioxidants, The Daily by Get Mr. contains antioxidants like the ones listed above, plus, you're getting a double whammy. Sunscreen and antioxidants all-in-one. 

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