Today I want to talk about the benefits antioxidants can have on your skin. Antioxidants are chemicals designed to protect your body’s cells by neutralizing internal and external forces that produce free radicals. Free radicals are what causes our skin to age and cause skin damage. When free radicals attack healthy skin cells, they cause the cell to decay. While it is hard to avoid free radicals all together, there are things we can do to protect ourselves by making some changes to our lifestyle.

Some lifestyle changes you can make to avoid free radicals are things like avoiding sun exposure, cigarette smoke, more than moderate drinking, getting adequate rest, and having a diet high in antioxidants. When choosing a diet rich in antioxidants you are not only helping your skin, but you are doing a service to your body. Foods that are high in antioxidants are fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish and omega 3 fatty acids.

Measures you can take to protect your skin include using topical antioxidants. Some ingredients to look for in your creams and lotions are vitamins A, C (ascorbic acid), E, green tea, idebenone, coffee berry, and coenzyme Q10. Using these lotions regularly is highly recommended to protect your skin from free radical damage.

Serums are another great way to get antioxidants deep into the skin. For example, Obagi™ makes an amazing Professional-C Serum™. Professional-C Serum 20% is proven to deliver better absorption and stability than the leading 20% vitamin C serum to give you a maximum antioxidant protection. Along with these lotions and serums, SPF of 30 is extremely important in protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. If you want to go a step farther, getting facials, peels and microdermabrasions will help to shed the dead skin cells so that antioxidant rich products will be able to penetrate the skin further protect new skin cells.

Topical antioxidants can provide some protection from the environment and may be effective in slowing down the aging process. Maintaining your skin’s youthfulness requires integration into your everyday routine. Your skin is the first thing people see when they look at you so protect it and give it the nourishment that it needs.

Dr. Bishara and The Paragon Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in Mansfield and Southlake, TX

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