The words “antioxidants” and “free radicals” are thrown around all the time. I’m even guilty of doing some of that throwing, which is why I thought it might be a good to talk about what these words mean with regard to your skin. Put simply – free radicals are bad and antioxidants are good. Let me elaborate.
Free radicals are unstable incomplete atoms that are always trying to stabilize
themselves. They do this by stealing electrons from your other atoms. Sometimes the atoms they steal come from your skin which results in the following elements familiar signs of aging skin:
- Brown spots
- Broken blood vessels
- Loose and saggy skin
You may think the best way to avoid this type of skin damage is to eliminate your exposure to free radicals. The problem is free radicals are unavoidable because they result from pollution (i.e. smog, dust), cigarette smoke, stress, and the sun (UV rays are so bad!). You can’t get away from them.
The best course of action is to arm yourself with topical antioxidants. Obviously, a diet rich in antioxidants (i.e. tomatoes, grapes, green tea, citrus fruit, etc.) is a smart companion solution too. That way your body is rich in antioxidants from the inside out and the outside in.
The reason you want to make antioxidants a part of your skin regiment is because they are givers. They literally donate their own electron so the free radical doesn’t have to steal one from an atom in your skin.
The natural antioxidants to look for in a moisturizer or hand cream are vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin C. When talking about topical antioxidants it is important to be aware that just adding them to a cream doesn’t mean that they will penetrate through your skin. The carrier oils used as a delivery system are very important because they’ll determine whether the antioxidants can get through the outer layer your skin and permeate to where the living cells reside.
Plus, you need make sure the delivery system ingredients are not synthetic chemicals that can disrupt your hormones or cause other ailments. The goal is to get as much good stuff into your body as possible while avoiding any bad stuff.
One of the moisturizers we make that is effective at delivering antioxidants to skin so you can preserve your youth just a wee bit longer or at least slow the aging process is our Chickie Gold Moisturizer for Dry and/or Mature Skin.
It is chock full of antioxidants and the delivery mechanism ensures they break through the skin barrier to get to your cells. We use olive oil and tamanu oil as the transporters. Olive oil has squalene in it which enhances the ability of other emollients and humectants to penetrate the skin. Tamanu oil is known for its rapid absorption qualities.
The natural antioxidants in this moisturizer are plentiful:
- Chickweed has vitamin C in it.
- Shea butter is loaded with vitamins A and E. Psst…it also offers UV protection right around the SPF 6 level which is great since the sun causes free radical damage.
- Coconut oil is also chock full of vitamins A and E.
- We even have straight vitamin E (tocopherols) as an ingredient because it’s so powerful when it comes to protecting cells and making collagen and elastin.
- Lavender essential oil adds these antioxidants to this powerful moisturizer: glutathione, catalase, and superoxide dismutase.
One of the benefits of using natural ingredients is being able to take advantage of their complementary nature which often boosts their benefits. In this case, research has shown that vitamin A and vitamin E are more powerful when used in tandem; their antioxidant properties are stronger together than apart. And when it comes to signs of aging, I think we can all agree that we’ll take any boost we can get. Especially if it’s an effective and natural one.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.