Day 11 – Antioxidants in topical skincare
Skin aging comes from two sources – chronological aging which is simply a result of our time on this earth, and extrinsic skin aging, which is the result of external factors and environmental influence — mainly chronic sun exposure and ultraviolet (UV) irradiation but also smoking, pollution, sleep deprivation and poor nutrition. Vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, antioxidants and fats all play important roles in maintaining healthy skin. Star players on the nutrition team to fight extrinsic aging are the B vitamins, vitamins A, C, D, and E, zinc, lutein, lycopene, genestein, ECGC, and resveratrol. Skin regeneration requires these nutrients throughout life, and in increased amounts under certain conditions such as exposure to free radicals and UV radiation. We need to ingest these compounds in the right amounts in order to nourish and protect the skin. Growing research also supports the benefits of topical application of these same compounds to offer benefits from the outside in.
The challenge for today is to incorporate botanically-based skincare products into your daily regimen, particularly those with the antioxidants discussed above. Take a good look at the products you are using and be sure that you are nourishing your skin from the outside in as well as inside out! A great resource for finding clean skincare is EWG.org’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database.
For a DIY Skin Care Product, try these at home Antioxidant Face Masks.