What are Antioxidants and how do they help the skin?
Antioxidants are vitamins, amino acids and other natural substances that neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals. They are one of the most effective treatments for the skin and also help the skin cope with the damaging effects of environmental influences. Vitamins C, E and A, minerals, green tea and grapeseed extract are all antioxidants that help protect the body from free radicals. Aging or sun-damaged skin needs antioxidants topically and orally.
Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is an antioxidant that strengthens the white blood cells and is essential for producing collagen. When joined with a fatty acid derived from palm oil vitamin C ester is formed. This oil-soluble solution is easily absorbed into the skin, is highly stable and keeps its effectiveness when mixed with other ingredients. This ester stimulates fibroblasts, cells that produce collagen and elastin.
Alpha lipoic acid is a powerful antioxidant that increases the effects of other antioxidants and cellular metabolism. It is also anti-inflammatory which reduces redness.
DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) is an antioxidant that stabilizes cell membranes and boosts the effectiveness of other ingredients. It also increases chemicals that control muscle tone, which in turn improves the appearance of sagging skin.
Combinations of powerful antioxidants are the most effective formulas to combat premature aging. When purchasing these topical antioxidants be sure they have high-tech delivery systems that carry or deliver the ingredients effectively into the skin. Antioxidants can help prevent wrinkles, promote skin healing and reduce the formation of scar tissue (pre-post surgery). Vitamins A and E protect the cell membrane and phospholipid structure. Vitamin C guards the inside of cells and DNA.
Topical Antioxidant products at About Face:
bareMinerals Active Cell Renewal Night Serum
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Combination Antioxidant Treatment
SkinCeuticals Phloretion CF Broad-Range Antioxidant Treatment
Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask
Murad Sun Undone Essential-C treatment products
Antioxidant Facial Treatments at About Face:
Murad Environmental Shield Vitamin-C Infusion Facial
Murad Rapid Exfoliating Anti-Aging Facial
Repechage Four Layer Facial
Deep Cleanse Customized Facial