Think of Antioxidants as defenders that protect your skin from all the nasties. Antioxidants are substances that help to neutralise Free Radicals by limiting their production. Using Antioxidants in your daily skincare routine is a must, they are the superstars and hardest working skincare ingredient.
Including Antioxidants in your daily skincare routine will reduce visible signs of ageing, pigmentation, sunspots and help with skin inflammation.
We know now that Free Radicals are harmful and cause skin damage, but what are Free Radicals?
What are Free Radicals?
Free radicals can be described as unstable and reactive atoms that contain an unpaired electron.
To gain stability, they react with other molecules, triggering a chain reaction that damage healthy cells. Ok, does this sounds confusing? Let’s explain, Free Radicals can damage the skin by grabbing an extra electron from other molecules in the body. When these molecules are stolen, it causes direct damage to your skin, which results in skin ageing.
Our body produces Free Radicals naturally and they are found almost everywhere around us. Some common triggers are UV rays, pollution, cigarettes and a bunch of other chemicals. The damage caused by Free Radicals are wrinkles, pigmentations, uneven and dull skin tone.
4 Benefits of Antioxidants in Skincare:
- Antioxidants help to reduce signs of ageing.
- Antioxidants help prevent sun damage.
- Antioxidants help skin repair itself.
- Antioxidants help brighten skin tone.
What is Oxidative Stress?
Oxidative Stress is the imbalance between Free Radical production and antioxidants defence. Oxidative Stress can cause damage to many of your tissues and lead to several diseases.
How can Antioxidants protect your skin?
As we mentioned before, Antioxidants act as the body’s defends system. That means they donate an electron to a Free Radical and this causes the Free Radical to stabilise and become less reactive.
You can’t avoid exposure to free radicals altogether, but there are lifestyle choices that can help keep the body protected from the damage of free radicals. Such as including antioxidants rich foods in your diet, topically applying skincare products loaded in antioxidants, and the most crucial step in your daily routine should be using an SPF50+.
Our Berry Blossom Face Oil is formulated with antioxidant-rich ingredients such as our hero ingredient, the Aronia Berry. The Aronia Berry is known as the queen of all superfoods with the highest amount of Antioxidants. Berry Blossom also contains Raspberry Seed Oil which is proven to protect your skin from the sun naturally. One study even shows that the oil has a sun protection quality equal to titanium dioxide and may provide protection similar to SPF 25.