Antioxidants has become a major buzz word for just about every wellness-abiding person. We all know that they’re essential when it comes to our food for our overall health, but what about our skin? In case you haven’t noticed, antioxidants have been creeping into all of our face masks, serums, and more, but what do they actually do for our skin?
According to Dr. Michele Green, board certified dermatologist and contributor on RealSelf.com, they’re actually quite beneficial to keeping our complexions as pristine as possible. “Antioxidants are substances which protect the inner and outer skin from free radical damage and oxidative stress,” she says. “Antioxidants are essential to skin health and provide a lot of benefits such as protecting the skin from sun damage, reducing inflammation, brightening the skin tone and aiding in cellular repair. Oxidative stress occurs during from sun exposure, smoking, pollution (environmental) as well as natural metabolic process. This is why they are so important.”
However, Dr. Green notes that some antioxidants are better suited for your skincare needs than others. Check out Dr. Green’s picks of the top antioxidants to help keep your complexion in tip-top shape:
Here at Cools, we’re major fans of this essential vitamin, and so is Dr. Green. She notes that this is one of the most popular antioxidants in the skincare market, and is known for its collagen boosting effects and ability to protect your skin against free radical sun damage. Basically, it’s your best pick if you’re trying to obtain a tighter, more youthful-looking complexion.
Dr. Green totes this vitamin as “one of the most powerful antioxidants of them all.” She says that it’s is best known for its ability to reverse the aging process through cell turnover, eliminating fine lines and wrinkles. You may be familiar with this very popular form of vitamin A: retinol.
Have any scarring or discoloration that needs to be tamed? Then according to Dr. Green, vitamin E is a must-have: she notes that it’s used to promote skin healing, allowing any scars or pigmentation to fade faster.
This ingredient may have a complex name, but it’s actually not as intense as you’d expect. According to Dr. Green, CoQ-10 (a.k.a, coenzyme Q10) is a natural antioxidant found in our bodies. “As we age our reserve of this antioxidant; which is responsible for overall skin health, elasticity and texture, diminishes therefore using products rich in CoQ-10 is beneficial and can bring back your youthful glow,” she says.
Another intimidating name, with a simple agenda. Dr. Green notes that this antioxidant promotes longer cell life in the body, including your skin.
Also known as vitamin B3, this antioxidant is perfect for dehydrated skin. This ingredient has all of the moisturizing benefits similar to hyaluronic acid, but Dr. Green notes that it also assists with reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and texture.
Dr. Green says that this antioxidant is perfect for anyone with inflammation issues. “Polyphenols also found in fruits, chocolate and wine is best known for its inflammatory and immune protective properties which protects the skin from UV induced free radical damage,” she says.
Usually found in green tea, Dr. Green says that flavinoids protect the skin by absorbing UV light, therefore preventing photoaging.
Labeled as the “mother of all antioxidants” by Dr. Green, this antioxidant is found not only in some of our favorite skincare products, but also naturally produced in our bodies. “It’s best known for its ability to detoxify the skin and our vital organs like our kidney, brain and liver,” she says.