Antioxidants? What Are Those?

We hear the term "antioxidant" so often. We probably know that ingredients like green tea contain antioxidants and they're supposedly good for us. But what are antioxidants? How are they beneficial, especially in skincare? Read more to find out more!

Antioxidants are substances that fight off free radicals. Free radicals are a unstable molecule byproduct from a metabolic process called oxidation. Despite their life being less than a second, they can damage DNA in that short time, potentially causing illnesses such as cancer. To combat this, antioxidants come into play.

Antioxidants can neutralize the stability of free radicals, ultimately reducing our risk of getting cancer. That's why some cancer patients are recommended to take antioxidant supplements!

Antioxidants can be consumed or can be topical. Some antioxidant-rich foods include berries, green tea and coffee. But don't go drinking 3 cups of coffee a day as an excuse -- an excess of antioxidants will do more harm than good. Practicing moderation goes for consuming antioxidants as well.

As for topical antioxidants, many come in the form of skincare products. For the skin, antioxidants can provide the following benefits: anti-aging, reversing sun damage, reserving hyperpigmentation and reducing the risk of skin cancers. Some good examples of skincare ingredients with antioxidants include: Vitamin A, C, E, green tea and resveratrol.

Resveratrol is found naturally in the skin of red grapes, berries and peanuts. It is known for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as reducing sun damage and hyperpigmentation. Dr. Althea's Resveratrol 345NA Intensive Repair Cream contains resveratrol from red grapes. Talk about wine for your skin!



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