A comprehensive guide on the best antioxidants for your skin

Antioxidants are touted to be wonder-workers by dermatologists. Here’s all you need to know about them so that you get the right one for your skin.

You must’ve heard of the skincare buzzword – antioxidants – and the miracles it can work for your skin. Nonetheless, what you probably do not know is what they truly are and what they actually do. Before we address that, let’s introduce another popular term that’s important for this discussion – free radicals. To put it succinctly, antioxidants are the heroes that fight the criminal free radicals.

What are free radicals?

Free radicals are highly unstable and reactive molecules that cause damage to the building blocks of the skin such as the proteins and DNA. They look for sources to steal electrons from and damage the components of skin in the process. They are primarily created by the age-old skin supervillain – the sun and its ultraviolet radiations. Other sources of free radicals are pollution and infrared radiations as well.

Antioxidants to the rescue!

What antioxidants fundamentally do is give away the electrons the free radicals are looking for, and neutralize their harmful impact. Your skin naturally contains antioxidants. They are in abundance when you are young and deplete as a part of the natural aging process. While you cannot stop aging (and why should you :)), you can definitely mitigate the imbalance between ever-increasing free radicals and decreasing antioxidants to prevent premature aging, hyperpigmentation and other skin problems.

What are the most popular antioxidants?

  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid):

This is your knight in shining armour when it comes to boosting skin health. It strongly eradicates free radicals from the skin. It is highly effective on free radicals produced due to solar radiations and pollution. It also helps lighten pigmentation, stimulates collagen and brightens the skin. Vitamin C is not in the most stable form in fruits (such as oranges and lemons) when it comes to topical application on your skin. What you need is a dermatologically stabilized skincare product such as a serum.

  • Vitamin A (Retinol):

Vitamin A is the best when it comes to replenishment of skin cells, which in turn improves appearance of wrinkles and regulation of sebum production. It is a natural exfoliant and fights skin aging like no other. It is subscribed by dermatologists as a pre-cancer skin repair medication as well.

  • Vitamin E (Tocopherol):

Primarily known for its moisturizing properties, Vitamin E is also proven to reduce skin damage from solar radiations and strengthen the skin barrier. It is naturally anti-inflammatory, and helps keep the skin supple. While it can combat UV radiations, it falls weak when fighting UVB radiation. Hence, it is usually fortified with Vitamin C in common topical skincare products.

  • Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide):

This vitamin is like a splash of hydration for your skin! Topical application of products containing niacinamide have shown to improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps alleviate the appearance of age spots and redness.

  • Green Tea Extracts:

Enjoy a cuppa while you soak in this information! Green tea extracts are rich in polyphenols (or catechins) that help battle signs of premature aging. Its anti-inflammatory properties can help heal skin damage quickly. Polyphenols also decrease collagen breakdown and help prevent skin cancer. Moreover, green tea extracts are very gentle and are thus, perfect for sensitive skin types. 

We hope you’re well-versed with antioxidants now, and give your skin the age-defying and damage-defeating boost of health and radiance!

BONUS TIP:

The effect of antioxidants can be boosted when paired with hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid retains water to keep your skin hydrated and moist. Combine it with Vitamin C, and you have the ultimate concoction for a radiant skin! And Dhyvana’s ultra-concentrated Hyaluronic Acid ampoules with Pigment-C Innovation does exactly that.

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