The Power of Antioxidants
We love using skin care to help us look and feel our best, and for good reason too, since our skin is our body’s largest organ. That’s why so many skin care and cosmetic products make claims to immediately transform our skin - it sounds so tempting! But these so-called miracle products too often rely upon synthetic ingredients and chemicals that come with harmful side effects. Imagine using an eye cream with the hopes of brightening your dark circles, only to have it give you an unsightly rash instead. That’s why at Puristry, we use organic ingredients that are safe for you and also infuse your skin with potent nutrients. We accomplish this by turning to antioxidants.
Why Antioxidants are a Must for Natural Skin Care
What are antioxidants, and why do we rave over them so much? As you’re reading this right now, thousands of harmful molecules called free radicals are wreaking havoc on your cells. As long as you eat, breathe and live, free radical damage is unavoidable. It results not only from exposure to pollution and smoke, but also the food you eat and the sun that shines overhead.
While you might not be able to see cell damage happening, you do get to witness the horrifying results on your skin. Free radical damage leads to an endless list of skin care woes. That new line that showed up on your forehead, or the sagging corner of your eye? That’s caused by free radical damage. Free radicals do a number to your collagen troves - which are already depleting as you age - so they are a direct recipe for wrinkles. Unfortunately, free radical damage is a natural biological process that will continue to occur as time goes on.
There is, however, a natural way to help combat the endless onslaught of environmental stressors on your skin: antioxidants. Your body actually naturally produces antioxidants to directly neutralize and eliminate free radicals. Plants in particular are antioxidant powerhouses because they rely so heavily on the sun: in order to keep themselves strong and flourishing against harsh sun and environmental toxins, plants produce all the nutrients and antioxidants they need to thrive and survive. When included in your skin care routine, antioxidants can also help nourish and repair your skin, as well as minimize further damage. For example, vitamin C promotes firmer, brighter skin and fights dark age spots, while vitamin A boosts your skin cell turnover for a more supple, radiant complexion.
Now that you’re more familiar with the benefits of antioxidants and why they are so essential to a natural skin care routine, here are some antioxidant-rich ingredients to look for when you’re hunting for your next skin care favorites.
Grape Seed Extract
Grape seed extract is a rich source of vitamin E, an antioxidant with potent skin-healing effects for treating damaged, irritated, and dry skin. It also contains another powerful antioxidant named resveratrol that boosts collagen synthesis for firmer skin. We made sure to include it in our serum, moisturizer, and eye cream.
The acerola cherry is one of the highest known sources of vitamin C, a vitamin that promotes brighter skin, collagen production, and diminishes dark spots. These variety of benefits make it arguably one of the most potent antioxidants of the bunch, securing it a spot in our anti-aging Vine Therapy Serum.
Rosehip is particularly high in vitamin A, an antioxidant that stimulates healthy skin cell production for smoother, more toned skin. It’s also rich in omega fatty acids and a great moisturizer, making our Restorative Face Oil a particularly nourishing and pampering product to enjoy.
Green tea is loaded with EGCG, an antioxidant that had received immense popular attention due to its anticancer potential. EGCG keeps your skin youthful and radiant by tackling free radicals and reducing inflammation. We included it in both our cleanser and face oil aso you can regularly reap the benefits of this powerful antioxidant.
Rich in polyphenols that combat sun damage and help restore your natural youthful complexion. We made sure to pack this juicy antioxidant into our Restorative Face Oil to enhance your collagen production and promoted more firm, tone skin.
This fruit may have an intimidating name, but its anti-aging benefits are not to be ignored. Sea buckthorn is filled with over fifty phytonutrients that promote a rejuvenated complexion, and also contains high vitamin C and E content. With its ability to help minimize fine lines and dull skin, sea buckthorn fully deserves its spot as the hero ingredient in our Seaberry Moisturizer.
Antioxidants: The Safer and Healthier Alternative
Antioxidants not only help defend you against environmental stressors and revitalize your skin, but are also more beneficial to your skin than the synthetic ingredients that you might find in your standard skin care products.
We’ve talked about fillers in skin care before, and how these chemicals often do more harm than good to your precious skin. Ingredients like parabens, BHA, and BHT may help preserve your product longer, but they do little to help preserve the health of your skin. Researchers have actually found parabens in breast cancer tissue, drawing a startling connection between parabens and cancer; still, parabens can be found in many self care products and even in our food. “Fragrance” is another common ingredient that masks what it actually is: a cocktail of toxins with correlations to diabetes, obesity, and cancer. All the more reason to search for safer alternatives in nature, which is why skin beneficial antioxidants come in strong as skin care heroes.
Hankering to including the skin-rejuvenating power of antioxidants in your skin care routine yet? They’re actually what make our USDA organic products so nourishing for your skin. Including the most nutritious ingredients in our products means you get to enjoy the beneficial synergistic effects of different antioxidants as they work to repair and protect your skin from damage. Keep a close eye on our blog to discover more of the potent natural ingredients that will help guide you in choosing the most healthful products for your precious skin.