The hidden benefits of anti-oxidants
23rd December 2012
Many of us are well aware of the fact that eating food rich in anti-oxidants is good for us. Whether snacking on pecans, adding kidney beans to pastas or even indulging in dark chocolate, consuming anti-oxidants can lower blood pressure, increase the flow of blood to your heart and even soothe coughs. However, did you also know that skin care products with anti oxidants can be just as good for you?
When anti-oxidants are applied to your skin you still get the same benefits. Increased blood flow is particularly important, as the oxygen carried in your blood is used to help repair skin and promotes the growth of new skin cells. If your skin's been having a hard time recently - perhaps due to sun damage for example - these anti-oxidants can work wonders.
This is also why skin care products rich in anti-oxidants are great for treating scar tissue. Aloe contains a host of anti-oxidants including beta carotene and flavonoids, so it's no wonder it's such a common ingredient in moisturisers and other skin products. These anti-oxidants are great for helping to get blood to scar tissue and helping it to blend in with the growth of new, healthy skin.
If you want firmer skin you'll need to look out for the anti-oxidant coenzyme Q-10 (also known as CoQ-10). Meanwhile, along with dermatologists, vitamin C and E can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. These ingredients in your eye creams or moisturisers could make a big difference.
One other huge advantage of using skin products with anti-oxidants is the fact that they help to calm inflammations. Alpha lipoic acid is just one anti oxidant with particularly strong anti-inflammation properties, and is often found in products that tackle acne, proving that sometimes natural products can be just as effective as those full of chemicals.