What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are naturally occurring vitamins and minerals such as the vitamins A, C, E, retinols, resveratrol and those in green tea that protect your skin from free radicals. Free radicals are uncharged, highly reactive molecules produced via oxidation that can damage your skin tissues by removing an extra electron from the atoms in your skin. This causes a change in the structure of your DNA, speeding up the natural process of ageing. While your skin naturally produces antioxidants to combat these free radicals, a little extra help from skin care products is always welcome.

Which antioxidants are good for your skin?
 

Which antioxidants are good for your skin?

Not all antioxidants are good for your skin. Some antioxidants help combat free radicals while some others that are formed due to certain internal and external metabolic processes can instead cause damage to your skin. Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, retinol, and their derivates are the good ones that benefit your skin. Not only do these antioxidants slow down the ageing process but they also help repair your skin tissues to give you a glowing appearance.

How to use antioxidants?
 

How to use antioxidants?

These antioxidants and their derivatives are available in a variety of consumable and non-consumable forms. They are the major constituent in a lot of fruits and vegetables and can be ingested by consuming these foodstuffs. Fruits and vegetables having antioxidants can be used to make face masks for external use as well. These antioxidants are also a major component of numerous skin care products that are available in the form of creams or dietary tablets.

Which antioxidants to use?
 

Which antioxidants to use?

Although antioxidants have limited scope, they are highly effective. They can be used to target specific skin concerns and can provide quick and effective results. You can use vitamin C for treating skin pigmentation and discoloration issues. Vitamin A can be used to treat fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of ageing. Vitamin E has highly effective moisturizing properties that help keep your skin soft and supple. Retinols are strong antioxidants that can be used to treat cystic or hormonal acne. They help peel off dead skin and reduce the formation of bacterial colonies on the upper skintissues. Even green tea is extremely effective in soothing irritated skin tissues. Due to its herbal and organic properties, green tea can also be used to brighten skin tissues and to reduce dark circles.

Which foods contain antioxidants?
 

Which foods contain antioxidants?

Most of the fruit kingdom has naturally occurring antioxidants that can be used to treat numerous skin concerns. All berries, citrus fruits, apples, plums, beans, potatoes, pumpkins, avocados and nuts have a certain amount of antioxidants in them that can help restore the health of your skin.