Eating a healthy diet in antioxidants helps boosts your skin radiance and glow, and are also extremely beneficial for your health and well-being.
Organic anti aging skin care products contain loads of antioxidants. They have restorative capabilities and work to neutralize and fight free radicals which assist in the slowdown of skin aging. They are also known to protect you from the sun and protect you from sun damage. Your body produces free radicals as a result of normal metabolism and energy production. Free radicals are biological responses to environmental toxins, such as cigarette smoke, chemicals, pollution, alcohol, sunlight, cosmic and man-made radiation. They are also produced when you exercise.
Ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun can wreak havoc on skin. Over time, it can cause sunburns, sun spots, wrinkles, premature aging, cancer and reduced immunity against infections. Always use sun protection on a daily basis to protect yourself from damaging UV rays, but if you want to delay the signs of aging, look for the following super ingredients, herbs, and foods for an extra boost of antioxidants.
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Super Antioxidants for your skin.
Green Tea – You may already know of its many benefits, the high levels of polyphenols helps with skin inflammation, helps to protect your skin against sunburn, and used to treat sun damaged skin. One cup of green tea has antioxidant effects greater than a serve of spinach, carrots or strawberries.
Oils – A number of organic oils, including sesame, coconut, peanut, and olive oil can help block UV rays so they never reach the skin in the first place. Sunflower seed oil is a good source of beta-carotene which has shown in studies to help make skin less sensitive to the sun. Other protective oils include borage, evening primrose, avocado, and tea tree. Coconut oil contains enriching vitamins and nutrients and is used the world over as a rich, healing and gentle emollient.
Rosemary – A clear, penetrating herbal scent with camphor tones, one of the most common herbs used in natural skin care, rich in antioxidants and other components which provide skin with many benefits, to improve skin quality and also tame inflammation.
Vitamin E – This antioxidant when applied topically has been found to protect the skin and helps against sun damage. A good source is a natural form – Tocopherol. Vitamin E rich foods include Nuts, Mangoes, Vegetable oils, and Broccoli.
Co-enzyme Q10 – Known as the ‘skin energiser’ also called ‘Ubiquinone’ this nutrient is essential for your organs such as the heart, liver, and kidneys. The skin also requires this nutrient for daily repair and protection against aging. We get small amounts from some meats, seafood, and whole grains. Taking CQ10 supplements are also beneficial. It is a powerful antioxidant; it is rejuvenating and stimulates collagen production.
Vitamin C – Found in fresh fruit and vegetables. Oranges, Radishes, Kiwi fruit, and Broccoli are excellent sources.
Pomegranate in your skincare and Pomegranate juice contains high levels of antioxidants, vitamins C and B5 and potassium.
Blueberries and Blueberry seed oil – is full of anti-aging antioxidants, vitamin A and C which help to encourage skin regeneration, fading dark spots and reducing the risk of acne breakouts. Incorporating berry smoothies into your diet is a great way to get the daily dose of this skin-loving food, Acai and Cranberries are also high in antioxidants.
Dark Chocolate – Contains flavonoids that prevent collagen breakdown in the skin, firming it and helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Milk chocolate does not have the same benefits, and drinking milk while eating the dark chocolate also cancels out the benefits.
Aloe Vera – The wonder plant, with one only known vegetarian sources of vitamin B12. This miracle ingredient exhibits a number of actives – it is an analgesic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antioxidant, a powerful immune modulator and anti-tumour agent. It contains over 20 amino acids, minerals like calcium, magnesium, and sodium, enzymes, polysaccharides, nitrogen and other components that make it a miracle beauty herb.
Organic skin care formulations are chock full of these protecting, age-defying ingredients. Our list can go a mile long – Argan oil, Rosehip oil, Carrot seed oil, Cacay, Seabuckthorn, Seaweed, Beta-glucan, Vitamin A and Cocoa butter.
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