The Importance of Using Antioxidants as Part of a Skincare Routine
If you were given a secret potion that could delay the signs of aging, protect your skin from environmental damage, and produce that coveted, lit-from-within glow would you take it? Of course, you would.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and the first line of defense against harmful substances that you contact every day. Antioxidants help your body fight back against these agents, reduce the signs aging, and keep you glowing. But what are antioxidants and how do they specifically aid in the fight against damage?
Knowing What Antioxidants Are
Free radicals play an important role in your health and vitality. Your body produces free radicals to combat viruses, bacteria, and environmental factors such as the sun’s UV rays, pollution, radiation, and smoke.
These same free radicals, however, produce less-than-stable cells that can ultimately lead to damage that manifests itself in fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, dark spots, loose skin, and other undesirable qualities. Antioxidants give your skin the power to combat natural aging and restore your skin to a more youthful glow.
- Polyphenols have benefits which combat inflammation while protecting and calming your skin.
- Vitamin C brightens your skin tone while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and reducing the appearance of dark spots.
- Vitamin E works to protect your skin from environmental factors such as sun damage and may increase the effectiveness of Vitamin C when used in the correct ratios.
- Vitamin A, also known as retinol, is a time-tested ingredient which helps to turn back the hands of time. It deeply stimulates cell turnover, creating new skin that is rich in collagen and elastin all while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and creating a more even skin tone.
How Do Antioxidants Benefit the Skin?
The stress caused by free radicals can cause a breakdown of the collagen in your skin, resulting in a loss of volume and firmness. Using topical Vitamin C products stimulates your body’s natural ability to produce collagen, fighting back against the free radicals that can damage skin quality. Additionally, stress can trigger your body’s immune system causing inflammation and the blemishes marring your skin. By incorporating antioxidants into your regular skincare routine, you are helping to diminish the effects of natural aging and continue to maintain a fresh, glowing complexion.
Benefits for Aging Skin
Stress, combined with outside factors from the environment, will take a toll on your skin over time. As vital compounds such as hyaluronic acid and collagen are sapped from your skin, its condition gets worse. Introducing an array of beneficial antioxidants into your skincare routine can:
- Increase firmness and elasticity
- Protect against sunburn
- Protect against sun damage
- Brighten your complexion
- Smooth lines and wrinkles
- Restore facial volume
- Reduce inflammation
- Treat conditions like acne and rosacea
Benefits for Skin Conditions Like Acne and Rosacea
With the skin constantly fighting the battle against the environment, diet, and lifestyle, the body’s natural immune defenses are triggered. This is good news when it comes to fighting viruses and bacteria, with the side effect of leading to skin damage.
Inflammatory skin conditions like acne and rosacea can be triggered by your body’s natural response to stress, causing issues like blemishes, reddened areas of skin, broken capillaries, dryness, and skin sensitivity. The use of antioxidants to treat this inflammatory response can soothe your skin from the inside out, limiting symptoms and easing inflammation.
Glowing From the Inside Out
You’ve heard that you are what you eat, but this is never truer than when it comes to your skin. How you nourish your body on the outside and the inside will go a long way fighting the signs of aging. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, including berries, dark leafy greens, olive oil, healthy protein, nuts, teas, coffee, and even dark chocolate helps to support your body’s immune function, and bring out a youthful glow.
How can I add antioxidants to my skincare routine?
At CoolSpa, we recommend that you use high quality, professional grade skincare products with antioxidants to keep your skin fresh, firm, and youthful. Regularly undergo a facial treatment will remove dead, dull skin cells, followed by a liberal application of nourishing serums to infuse your skin antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients. A regular custom facial, along with skincare products with antioxidants will keep your skin looking fresh, firm, and youthful for longer.
Why Should I Choose CoolSpa For My Skincare Needs?
You seek the assistance of a physician for every aspect of your body’s health. Why wouldn’t you take the same approach when it comes to caring for your skin? CoolSpa is led by four leading plastic surgeons who have dedicated their careers to helping you maintain the youth and vitality of your skin. Your first visit to CoolSpa will include a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, who will guide your treatment and assess your skincare needs. Contact us today!