Over the course of the day, your skin is exposed to a lot. Makeup, UV rays, and pollution can all clog pores, damage skin and accelerate the aging process. However, new studies in skin care have shown that while exposure may be inevitable, there are preventive measures you can take. Adding antioxidants to your skincare routine through topical skincare and a healthy diet can help improve the way your skin looks, functions and ages. Here’s how:
Diet, sunburn, acne and even scratching your face can all contribute to skin inflammation. Not only is inflammation uncomfortable, but it can also be disheartening to see in the mirror. Instead of trying the latest trend in skin care, turn to antioxidants as a way of reducing redness and swelling. Antioxidants like vitamin C have been found to help reduce inflammation and stimulate the skin’s repair process.
Fights Aging at the Cellular Level
The topical use of antioxidants is perhaps best known for its role in slowing the aging process. Naturally produced vitamins like vitamins A, C, E, and beta-carotene all help diminish the impact of oxidative stressors by targeting free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules created by pollution, the sun, and smog. Daily exposure to them leads to skin damage, which can appear as fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. When combined with the natural aging process, these factors can accelerate skin damage and premature aging.
Antioxidants help slow the aging process by disabling these free radicals. Furthermore, they help to increase collagen and elastin production, important compounds that keep the skin looking full and elastic. Often, many injectable solutions use hyaluronic acid, a naturally produced compound with antioxidant benefits, to add volume to areas where collagen production has slowed or stopped altogether. For an at-home skincare regimen, many high quality and professional grade anti-aging products leverage antioxidants to ensure they are regularly applied to the skin that needs it most. Ultimately, the use of these helps patients keep their skin looking beautiful and youthful.
Improves Skin Tone
In addition to accelerating the aging process, oxidative stressors are notorious for compromising skin quality on a near-daily basis. Dark spots, uneven skin tone, and excess oil production are all common side effects most patients are likely familiar with. When antioxidants like vitamin C are introduced into a comprehensive skin care routine, they can help inhibit the production of enzymes the promote melanin production, lessening the impact of dark spots or uneven skin tone.
More than Skin Deep
Great skin starts with a solid skincare regimen tailored to your skin type, environment and needs and is most effective when complemented with a healthy, antioxidant-rich diet. Together, this combination can help patients achieve healthy, beautiful skin from the inside and out. To learn more about introducing antioxidants to your life via skin care routine, we recommend calling our Westchester County doctors for a consultation. During your visit, our team will help determine the condition of your skin and can recommend both professional and at-home solutions to help improve the quality and appearance of your skin. Call today to get started!