February 03, 2020
We’ve gone over the dangers of pollutants in our environment, and how the elements can work to create skin-damaging free radicals in our systems. Today I want to talk to you about how to fight back. Antioxidants are your beauty best friend when it comes to caring for your skin and overall health, and cleaning up your diet and your skincare regimen are the perfect place to start.
What Are Antioxidants?
You’ve heard the word antioxidant plenty of times, but do we really know what it means? Simply put, antioxidants are substances that help to counteract the effects of oxidation caused by free-radicals. Antioxidants have been shown to help fight the signs of aging, slow the progression of macular generation and may even be able to help reduce the risk of cancer.
Antioxidants are present in a number of naturally occurring places, including foods rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E and carotenoids as well as in minerals like manganese and selenium. Ensuring that your diet is rich in organic, whole foods is an excellent way to provide your body with the free-radical fighting nutrients it needs.
Why Do We Need Antioxidants for Our Skin?
Free-radicals impact our overall health, but one of the most obvious places that our system takes a hit is in our skin. During the oxidation process, free-radicals latch on to cells, consuming them and causing the breakdown of collagen. Oxidation works against us to cause the signs of premature aging, including wrinkles, fine lines, dullness and hyper-pigmentation. Antioxidants are the key to fighting back!
What You Can Do
So the answer is just to take a few vitamin supplements, and everything will be fine, right? Unfortunately, the evidence points to no.
Studies have shown that antioxidants are the most effective when taken in their most natural form, like in a cup of strawberries or a serving of broccoli. The key is that they need to work with other “helper” molecules, like polyphenols and flavonoids that are found in plant chemicals. Simply taking a Vitamin C supplement won’t give your skin the antioxidant-rich benefits it needs to effectively protect your skin from oxidation.
While getting antioxidants internally in your diet is great for your overall health, when it comes to targeting the signs of aging, high-quality skincare products are essential. When applied directly to the skin, antioxidant-rich skincare products provide extra protection against the elements. Our skin is our largest organ, and is directly exposed to the sun (UV), which also is a source of free-radical damage. Antioxidant-rich beauty products act as a nourishing shield on your skin to stop the signs of aging in their tracks.
KPS Essentials products are formulated with high amounts of antioxidants that come from food-grade ingredients and essential oils, ensuring optimum purity and optimum results. Just like consuming food rich in antioxidants, our products are designed to provide your skin with “super food” formulations, expertly blended with scientifically proven chemicals for the best protection to fight free radicals.
Phew, that was a lot of info!
It’s good to become informed about what we need to put in and on our bodies to look and feel our best. I hope I’ve encouraged you to take a look at your grocery list and skin care products to see where you can add some antioxidant-rich goodies into your self-care routine.
Until next time, wear your sunscreen, drink a glass of water and be well!
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