Antioxidants in skin care
Most people have heard of antioxidants. It is advisable to have antioxidants both in the diet and in skin care products . But what is it really? And what do they do for our skin?
Free radicals break down our cells
When we talk about antioxidants, we do not go without free radicals. These are a bit complicated matters, and are about chemistry. Do you remember this with molecules, atoms, protons and electrons? I'll try to simplify it a bit here.
Free radicals are atoms that lack electrons in their outer shell. That is, they try to bond with other atoms, and that can damage the other atoms. The fact that atoms in the skin bind to harmful atoms means that they change property and are weakened.
So in the skin, this has the consequence that the skin cells are weakened, and can not perform their tasks. This can often result in the skin looking older.
Some free radicals are formed in our body, and are waste products that the body itself manages to break down. But today we are exposed to more free radicals than we were created to tolerate, i.a. in the form of air pollution, smoke and rays from both the sun and various screens (so-called HEV light).
Antioxidants are the heroes
Fortunately, there is an "antidote" for these free radicals - namely antioxidants. They neutralize the harmful effect, thus protecting our cells. Our body also produces antioxidants itself, but is unable to form enough to keep up with everything we are exposed to. Therefore, it is wise to make sure to add antioxidants. Most people with a varied and healthy diet get enough to protect the body from within. But from the outside we have to help a little.
Examples of antioxidants to use on the skin are:
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
Niacinamide (vitamin B3)
Retinol (Vitamin A)
Products that contain a particularly high amount of antioxidants: