What are the benefits of anti-oxidants for your skin?
The world of cosmetics talks a lot about “antioxidants” so much that it is agreed that these must be useful in a treatment but do you know exactly who they are?
Any dermatologist, after reminding you of the importance of sunscreen, will probably advise you to add antioxidants to your skin care routine. They are supposed to contribute to everything from acne protection to aging, why are these substances so powerful? Here’s what you need to know.
What is antioxidants?
Antioxidants help prevent cellular damage caused by harmful molecules. Being one of the main organs of the body, the skin plays a crucial role in protecting against oxidative stress, generating free radicals, such as UV rays, pollution, emotional stress, poor diet, cigarettes, etc. contribute to aging and sometimes to disease.
Oxidative stress therefore represents the imbalance between the production of free radicals and the body’s ability to use antioxidants to counteract their harmful effects. While our body is able to produce antioxidants that counteract the effects of oxidative stress, this ability decreases with age and our skin, already compromised by the aggressions described above, produces less and less rich fatty acids antioxidants that protect it.
Produced by the body and obtained through food and topical application, antioxidants are an integral part of the body’s powerful defense system. Healthy skin naturally produces antioxidants (sebum contains vitamin E which is an excellent anti-oxidant).
They are there to neutralize the damage of free radicals by helping to prevent the degradation of cells and tissues that can lead to further damage and diseases, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation to chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, etc.
Because antioxidants (enzymes, polyphenols and other substances, such as vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene) are able to counteract the harmful effects of oxidation (damage of free radicals),
they are often described as an army of small soldiers stalking and engulfing free radicals, but that’s not quite it. It is more accurate to say that antioxidants neutralize rather than destroy radicals
The idea is therefore to balance the effects of oxidative stress to reduce the damage caused by free radicals. Let’s take an example: imagine a cut apple that, after a short exposure to the air, turns brown, we see there
damage of free radicals (oxidation) harming the flesh of the fruit. However, if you pour on these apple slices lemon juice rich in antioxidants, they will remain fresh for longer.
What do antioxidants do to counteract the effects of skin aging?
Human aging is characterized by chronic low-intensity inflammation, resulting in reduced cell lifespan, dysfunctional immune responses, environmental damage,
focusing on DNA damage, and the formation of free radicals. It’s a totally natural process that said.
However, antioxidants can help to counterbalance this. Indeed, there is growing evidence that dietary changes and special nutrients can help reduce oxidative stress, the formation of free radicals and, thus, slow down the aging process of the skin.
What antioxidants to treat acne and redness?
Given the growing body of evidence on the effect of antioxidants on inflammation, it is not surprising that antioxidants are increasingly being used to treat inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and
Redness. In fact, research indicates that not only do people with acne tendencies show systemic signs of increased oxidative stress (including decreased blood levels of vitamins)
antioxidants like A and E), but also that oxidative stress can actually serve as a “match” that ignites an inflammatory cascade in acne. In addition, it turns out that when vitamin E from sunflower oil was added
their treatment, the results have been significantly improved.
In addition, studies have suggested that antioxidants appear to be beneficial in the treatment of rosacea, another inflammatory skin condition that causes blemishes, facial redness, visible blood vessels and sensitive, dry skin. The study also indicates that some of the most effective agents in the fight against the disease are those that offer anti-inflammatory properties.
Antioxidants, indoors and outdoors
As you will have understood, oxidative stress is therefore an imbalance between the amount of excess free radicals and that of antioxidants not enough. The goal, of course, is to reverse this imbalance.
This is why the first line of defense against free radicals is to limit environmental aggression (sunscreen, avoid chemicals, cigarettes, etc.
Then comes a diet rich in antioxidants, present in vegetables, fruits (especially berries), nuts, tea, coffee and even wine and dark chocolate, in moderation.
As far as the skin is concerned, topical antioxidants (to be applied directly to the skin) are another line of defense against free radicals. A report published in Dermatologic Therapy shows that “current antioxidants are becoming more and more popular with dermatologists because of their high biological activity”. The more antioxidants your beauty arsenal contains, the more protection and support you provide to your skin.
The good news is that each serum in our range is naturally rich in anti-oxidants, due to the diversity of the composition of the vegetable oils that make them up, but also because of the patented extracts such as Fleur de
Grenadier, Oak Liège, Propolis, etc… who make them up.
For a protected and radiant skin!