Your Q: "Do antioxidants in skin care really work, or am I wasting my money? Perhaps I should just eat a lot of berries, turmeric and drink green tea and get the benefits of them from my food?" Our A: - You need to do both; eat a plant-based diet naturally rich in antioxidants PLUS use a high-quality skincare routine full of a variety of antioxidants.
A Varied Diet in antioxidant-rich foods is crucial for your overall health; it is crucial as well for the health of your skin. A variety of different plant-based, antioxidant-rich foods - not just one, is important. Blackberries; Tumeric; Green Tea. A green smoothie with berries for breakfast; A strong plant-based dinner seasoned with turmeric (a quarter teaspoon a day); A nice hot cup of green tea after lunch. Hungry? Keep going; add more antioxidants to your meals! In fact, if you fill up on high antioxidant food, you are less likely to eat foods that put on pounds.
You want to do the same with what you are applying topically to your skin. Not one single antioxidant will do. An antioxidant-rich skincare routine is the only way to go. Resveratrol; Vitamin C; Vitamin A; Vitamin E. An antioxidant-rich toner; an antioxidant-rich serum or two; and antioxidant-rich moisturizer. Antioxidants defend your skin against pollution and environmental damage, working deep down to actually support and improve how your skin works and rebuilds itself anew. Rebuild Itself Anew (did you catch that?)
One antioxidant cannot control the many forms of environmental damage your skin is exposed to; therefore, a concert of antioxidants that complement each other’s actions are needed to ensure that as many free radical families as possible are neutralized. Topical antioxidants actually help your skin to work better.
There are many more and many lesser known antioxidants to add to this list. Antioxidant Rich Products
Antioxidants Perform Even Better Together Find all these antioxidants in our super stable Vitamin C Serum Our antioxidant-rich ingredient deck includes (to name just a few): superoxide dismutase for anti-pollution and environmental defense - warding off the visible effects of pollution; ascorbyl palmitate and ascorbic acid polypeptide - two very stable forms of vitamin c which brighten up your skin, antioxidant-rich green tea and oat beta glucan both to soothe your skin while borage seed oil aids in skin firmness.
What is important to take away here is that there is no ONE antioxidant hero to look for. You want to choose a variety of products in your skincare routine that contains a multitude of them. MORE is most definitely better. Oh, and wear your sunscreen, as the sun is a HUGE factor in causing free radical damage.