Antioxidants have been in the news for the past few years because of their health benefits. But how can they help your skin? Let’s take a look at what antioxidants are, what they can do for your skin, and which antioxidants have the most benefits.
What Are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants are synthetic or natural substances that can prevent or delay cell damage, by counteracting the effects of free radical damage and oxidative stress.
Unfortunately, our bodies undergo more oxidative damage and stress when we are exposed to pollution, tobacco, and alcohol which can cause visible signs of aging and increase the risk of diabetes and skin cancer. Antioxidants can help prevent that oxidative damage.
Antioxidants are often found in fruits, vegetables, vitamin supplements, and skin care products.
The body even produces certain antioxidants like glutathione on its own. Some antioxidants found in food and supplements include vitamins A, C, and E, selenium, zinc, and flavonoids.
What Do Topical Antioxidants Do For The Skin?
Topical antioxidants, which are applied to the top layer of the skin, can protect the skin from harmful UV radiation from the sun and prevent aging.
Antioxidants can improve the skin by:
- Improving hydration and help with dry skin
- Stimulating the production of collagen and elastin
- Reducing the appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation
- Supporting healing
- Reducing inflammation
Best Topical Antioxidants For The Skin
While most antioxidants can help the health of your overall body, there are some antioxidants that can specifically benefit your skin health. Some of the best topical antioxidants for the skin include:
Topical retinol, retinoids, and RetinA are all forms of Vitamin A. Topical application of Vitamin A can help speed up healing and prevent breakouts and inflammation. It is also a natural moisturizer and can support the immune system of the skin.
Vitamin E is considered an anti-inflammatory for the skin. Topical application of Vitamin E can enhance the moisture in the skin, prevent fine lines and wrinkles, make scars less visible, and help with psoriasis and eczema.
Topical Vitamin C can be a crucial antioxidant for the skin. It can brighten, reduce redness, and promote collagen production. It can also reduce hyperpigmentation, reduce under-eye circles, and prevent sagging skin.
Schedule A Consultation
Looking to learn more about how antioxidants can benefit your skin and which ones are best for your specific skin needs and skin type? Scheduling a consultation at Arlington Dermatology is a great first step.
Our team of board-certified dermatologists and aestheticians can help you with any skin concerns you may have.
To schedule a consultation today, call our Arlington, VA office at (703) 259-9561 or use our online scheduling form.