What are antioxidants and why should you care?

When our skin is exposed to things like sunlight and pollution oxidation occurs. Doesn't sound like a big deal until you realize; oxidation produces free radicals. And, free radicals can damage our skin. But here's the good news... 

Antioxidants protect us from oxidation and free radicals.

As you can see from the apple illustration above - its a good idea to use antioxidants to protect your skin from oxidation and free radicals.

Antioxidants not only help protect against oxidation and free radical damage that result in visible signs of aging, they also help improve the look of your skin. Here are two that really stand out.

Vitamin E

When applied topically, vitamin E provides significant protection from environmental assault (think sunlight and pollution), oxidation and free radicals that can have a negative impact on the appearance of our skin (see oxidized apple above).

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is another world-class antioxidant and free radical fighter that also improves the appearance of our skin. When applied to the skins surface, vitamin C helps diminish the look of lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and loss of firmness. 

The Package Matters

Remember - antioxidants break down when exposed to light and air. Make sure the antioxidant products you buy are packaged in an opaque, airless container. Avoid those semi-transparent glass bottles or jars with a removable lid and you'll be good to go. 

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