The Power of Antioxidants

The Power of Antioxidants

Antioxidants are important for the aging process within the body. The primary role of antioxidant is to scavenge free radicals that our bodies encounter from our daily environments and prevent them from damaging cells in the body and causing oxidative stress to occur. Oxidative stress is one of the main contributing factors to the aging process. Today, I am going to teach you about 5 powerful antioxidants and how you can include them in your anti-aging routine.

 

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is responsible for decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin. It does this by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin in the dermis. Consuming foods rich in Vitamin A such as green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, carrots, papaya, cantaloupe, and butternut squash is a great way to obtain the anti-aging benefits of Vitamin A naturally. Supplementing with a multi-vitamin is another way of including Vitamin A in your daily nutrition. Following a sound nutritious diet in combination with applying topical skin care products that contain Vitamin A in the form of retinol is a terrific way to truly improve the appearance of the skin and decrease fine lines and wrinkles.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C also plays a role in the production of collagen, it also aids in brightening the skin while improving hydration.  You can find Vitamin C in foods such as bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, and leafy greens. Taking a multi-vitamin is another great way to include more Vitamin C in your diet. Using topical products that contain L-ascorbic acid can aid in improving skin tone and clarity while also decreasing dark spots and sun damage.

 

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is effective in helping to reduce photodamage, wrinkles and improving skin texture and hydration levels. Eating nuts, seeds, olives, spinach and asparagus and taking a multi-vitamin can help increase Vitamin E levels naturally. When Vitamin E is included in topical skin care products it is quite beneficial at helping to decrease dry, flaky skin and making the skin appear more plump and hydrated.

 

Alpha Lipoic Acid

This is a powerful antioxidant that can help increase the efficacy of other vitamins. Alpha Lipoic Acid affects the cells that are inside and outside of the body. This antioxidant can be found in supplement form and can be found in a variety of skin care products such as serums, face creams, and moisturizers.

 

DMAE

This antioxidant has the ability to deactivate free radicals that are harmful to skin cells. It is most commonly found in supplement form and in anti-aging skin care products.

 

Nutrition is Still Key.

Using antioxidant-rich skin care products, and taking multi-vitamins or individual supplements are good wellness practices to follow and include in a balanced and well rounded anti-aging regimen. But it is still important to remember that nutrition is the foundation for how gracefully and healthfully you will age. Making sure you have a well-rounded regimen that includes proper fitness, balanced nutrition, and healthy wellness and lifestyle habits is truly the key to the fountain of youth.

 

 

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