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What exactly are antioxidants? Why can't taking care of our skin be simple and straightforward? The truth is that the skin is a complicated organ. It naturally produces substances that are essential for your health, but which can also accelerate its deterioration. This deterioration is unpleasant and can result in acne, blotchy and uneven skin tone and reduced elasticity. Skin care is one of the most time-consuming aspects of our daily health demands. What's worse, one bad cream or a little too much sun can undermine even the most rigorous efforts.
The fragility of your skin and its tendency to deteriorate is not your fault unless you are completely negligent. Think about what your skin has to endure every day. There's the persistent sun, the unhealthy foods and fluids we consume and an endless parade of skin care products laced with harsh chemicals. How can we protect our skin from an environment designed to damage it? And how can we promote its health and look and feel great?
The answer is antioxidants
The answer is antioxidants. This compound offers a ton of health benefits for the skin to counteract the effects of damaged cells. Antioxidants are found in fruits and vegetables and should be a mandatory part of the diet. They can tighten the skin, reduce inflammation, reduce wrinkles and treat acne. Best of all, they are natural and can be included in the foods and beverages you regularly enjoy.
This is not cod oil that tasted awful and no one was really sure if it worked. By understanding how antioxidants work, their benefits and how they can improve your skin, you'll finally understand why so many people have been talking about them for years. You'll appreciate that it's more than a buzzword.
What are oxidants?
To understand antioxidants, you must first examine oxidants - the other side of the coin.
Oxidants are the product of the oxidation process that takes place in the cells of our bodies. The purpose of this process is to produce energy and build proteins that our bodies need to kill bacteria, create collagen fibres and other functions.
The problem is that oxidants, also known as free radicals, are unstable and overactive. Their overactive nature forces them to attack other molecules and damage them. This is the start of a long process that can lead to premature ageing, chronic diseases and the development of carcinogens, which can eventually cause cancer.
Anti-ageing methods have long focused on oxidants (and their neutralising counterpart, as we will discuss), and it has been thought that this is the gateway to smoothing and tightening the skin. The idea is that good skin health comes from finding a balance between oxidants and the compounds that may contain them. Unfortunately, external factors such as pollution, sun, smoking, make-up, detergents, cleansers and certain foods and drinks accelerate the creation of oxidants, making it difficult to find this balance.
Now that you know what oxidants are and how they are both vital and harmful, let's look at antioxidants, the best way to keep oxidants in check.
What are antioxidants?
For years, you've heard the word antioxidants. It's been on the packaging of consumer goods and in commercials as a selling point for various products in the food, beverage, health and beauty industries. It has been called the protector of cells, fighting oxidants before they get out of hand. It would be easy to dismiss it as just another buzzword created and used by the health industry, but it would be a great disservice to your skin to do so.
Certain plant-based foods – coffee, tea, wine, fruit, vegetables and chocolate – can naturally create antioxidants. Therefore, these foods are in high demand in healthy diets. There is not just one type of antioxidant. There is lutein which is commonly found in eggs and some vegetables. There is resveratrol which gives red wine a healthy dose of antioxidants. There are also vitamins A, C and E, lycopene, niacinamide and genistein to name a few. You can find many of these over the counter vitamins, which doesn't taste very nice, but the best method is to incorporate antioxidant-rich foods into your regular diet.
Remember that some antioxidants are designed for different parts of your body. For example, beta-carotene is good for eye health but does not help your prostate. For your skin, astaxanthin and a combination of beta-carotene and vitamin E are thought to give excellent results.
With their uncanny ability to repair cell damage, antioxidants will be one of the best things that ever happened to your skin.
Balance between antioxidants and oxidants
You're probably thinking why not overdose on antioxidants? Well, because human biology and physiology is never that simple. The goal is to find the right balance. As mentioned earlier, oxidants serve an important cellular function so you can't eradicate them and you don't want to.
By making significant adjustments to your diet and using the right health and beauty products, you can fight oxidants with enough antioxidants to create the necessary balance. It is this balance that will make your skin glow and let you say goodbye to acne, crow's feet and wrinkles. Antioxidants protect both your cells and your skin without containing any negative side effects. That sounds nice, right?
Best sources of antioxidants?
Now that you know how great antioxidants are for your skin, you need to find out where you can get the most bang for your buck. With so many products claiming to be a source of antioxidants, the search can be long, tedious and frustrating.
Doctors and dermatologists usually consider the following foods to be best for your skin: oily fish such as salmon and mackerel, avocados, walnuts, nuts, seeds, sweet potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, green tea, chocolate and red wine.
You can reverse the effects of the sun and other environmental damage by eating these foods regularly or by making simple adjustments to the ingredients in your favourite dishes.
Create a comprehensive skin care routine
To achieve impeccably smooth skin, create and commit to a routine that includes an antioxidant-rich diet and skin care devices that are safe with proven success. By combining a proper diet with devices designed and developed by Vivre you can have the skin you've always dreamed of.
You just need to find the right appliance for the type of skin you want to achieve.
Vivre skin care products and devices
Vivre offers several skin care devices used by thousands of people worldwide.
Skin Perfector uses blue light technology to kill bacteria that cause acne under the skin surface.
Young and healthy skin is within your reach. Invest in the right diet today and order an appliance or two and you'll be well on your way to youthful-looking skin.