Antioxidents in Skin Care

Antioxidants have become the popular buzzwords in the skin care and health industries, but do you know what each do or which is best for your skin?



Green tea

What it is: Green tea extracts are derived from the Camellia sinensis plant; you may also want to drink tea brewed from the plant for internal benefits. Green tea contains a number of powerful polyphenols, one of which — epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) — it contains in large quantities.

What it Does: Research has shown that when EGCG is applied before or immediately after UV exposure, it helps correct cellular changes caused by damaging UV rays. 

What to look for: Make sure there’s enough green tea extract in the product you choose; if there’s too little, it might not be effective. Creams containing an adequate amount of green tea will look brown.

What it is:
 Idebenone (pronounced E-d-buh-known) is a more stable relative of the antioxidant coenzyme Q10.

What it Does: Idebenone penetrates better than coenzyme Q10 and offers more protection from the oxidation caused by free radicals. It also protects skin cells from the damaging effects of UVB rays.

What to look for: Be sure to do a patch test before committing to regular use of a product containing idebenone; about 1 out of 10 people has an allergic reaction to the antioxidant.

What it is:
 This powerful antioxidant is a polyphenolic compound found in grapes, berries, cocoa, and even peanuts.

What it does: Studies show that resveratrol offers great benefits when applied topically. When you apply resveratrol before sun exposure, it reduces the production of damaging free radicals and other sun-related skin damage. It also helps retard the development and growth of skin cancer tumors.

Vitamin C
What it is:
 This familiar powerhouse vitamin is an essential antioxidant for the skin, meaning that it is critical but is not produced by the human body. For this reason, it is beneficial to add vitamin C to your daily routine. It comes in a number of forms, but the purest version is ascorbic acid.

What it does: Of all the antioxidants, vitamin C is backed by the most research demonstrating its benefits for the skin. This antioxidant has proven anti-inflammatory, collagen-building, and sun-protection benefits.

What to look for: Look for ascorbic acid on the ingredients label. It’s best to look for a product packaged in a dark, small-mouthed tube that blocks air entry, because vitamin C is sensitive to light and air.


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