Looking Younger Is Easier Than You ThinkPosted by Howard County Library System on Aug 11, 2011 in Eating Right | 1 comment
By Wendy Camassar
We all know that Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and beneficial in ridding our bodies of free-radical damage. But did you know it can be used as a part of your skin care routine as well? Vitamin C, found in many topical antioxidants (among other vitamins and minerals), helps to prevent and repair damage to your skin’s tissue. Antioxidants do this by slowing or preventing the effect of free radicals, which start oxidation — a process that causes damage from oxygen that can lead to cell dysfunction.
I came across a great post on Discovery Fit & Health about this issue. In it, there is a great explanation about antioxidants and vitamins, and how they can affect our skin in a positive way:
When it comes to caring for your skin, antioxidants can help to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Unlike sunscreens and moisturizers, antioxidants can protect your skin from the inside out by guarding your cells from damage. Vitamins A, C and E and the mineral selenium are thought to be particularly helpful in skin care. In addition to helping to strengthen cells against free radicals, vitamins A and C also encourage cell and tissue growth. This is very helpful to the skin, which is constantly shedding and regenerating cells. For this reason, any antioxidants that protect cells and encourage cell growth could be helpful in an anti-aging regimen, as they may help fight fine lines and wrinkles.
All year round I apply an antioxidant right after I cleanse my face. Then I apply my favorite moisturizer that has SPF 15. If I will be out in direct sun like at the pool or beach, I will use a higher SPF- and a large hat! I truly believe that using an antioxidant along with an SPF of 15 or higher (and avoiding the direct sun as much as possible) are the best ways to fight the aging process. Remember, it takes about twenty years for sun damage to show up on skin, so moving forward, itís best to protect your skin every day and all year round.
For additional information on antioxidants and skin care, check out the following:
The Wrinkle Cure: Unlock the Power of Cosmeceuticals for Supple, Youthful Skin by Nicholas Perricone
Natural Beauty. Your Antioxidant Arsenal. By Sherrie Strausfogel. Better Nutrition, May2011, Vol. 73 Issue 5, p30-31.
Sun Care: Fact or Fiction. By Wing Sze Tang. Flare, Jun2010, Vol. 32 Issue 6, p84-87.
SOS for Summer Skin. By Anna Soref. Vegetarian Times, May/Jun 2006, Issue 341, p24-26.