For the secret to glowing and rejuvenated skin, look no further than antioxidants. Antioxidants work to reduce the harmful effects of free radicals through boosting cell regeneration, recovery from sun damage and ageing skin. They hold the key to a radiant and healthy complexion. Read on for the best antioxidants for skin health and how to incorporate them into your diet and skincare routine.
Considered an anti-ageing superstar, vitamin C helps to maintain skin tone through boosting collagen production, assisting with maintaining skin hydration and healing sun damage. Found most commonly in the vibrantly coloured fruits and vegetables like oranges, berries, kiwi, mangoes, broccoli, spinach and capsicum be sure to compliment your diet with topical skincare products like our Rosewater toning spray to maximise benefits.
Keep your skin radiant and supple with Vitamin A rich foods, boosting your body’s blood flow to encourage healthy cell production. By promoting cell production, Vitamin A also helps to strengthen your skin’s barrier against harmful irritants and infections. For glowing skin ensure that your diet is plentiful with Vitamin A rich foods like carrots, sweet potato, milk and eggs.
Polyphenols work to protect the skin against UV radiations and fight inflammation through boosting blood flow and oxygen to the skin. Said to be a secret to fighting wrinkles, polyphenols can help to restore skin elasticity. Look to foods such as quality teas, olive oil, dark chocolate, cinnamon, red wine and pomegranate to top up your body’s source of polyphenols.
A fat-soluble antioxidant, Vitamin E protects the skin from oxidative stressers like pollution and UV rays. Also said to topically assist in skin repair from scarring due to its natural ability to encourage cell regeneration. Get your dose from unrefined vegetable oils, nuts (especially almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts), avocados, mangoes, broccoli and whole grains and incorporate oils with high concentrations into your daily skincare routine such as our Prickly Pear Seed Oil which is one of the highest Vitamin E concentrated oils in the world.
Carotenoids are a strain of antioxidants including lutein, A & B-carotenes and lycopene and are also the pigment that gives vibrant fruit and vegetables their colour. Another form of antioxidant boasting anti-inflammatory advantages, Carotenoids help to stop oxidative damage and skin ageing. This antioxidant can be found in tomatoes, pink grapefruit, watermelon, pumpkin, mangoes, apricots, carrots, spinach, parsley. These are also fat-soluble nutrients so ensure that you consume along with foods rich in healthy fats.
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