Antioxidants can help protect the skin from damage and have been to shown to actually reverse some of the damage that has already occurred to the skin of many people.
The most popular antioxidants that
are used for skin care products are the vitamins A, C and E. Scientific tests have shown that they help to improve the condition of the skin and reduce additional damage occurring that causes the aging effect that we are seeking to eliminate.
The damage to the skin is caused by free radicals and antioxidants help to fight off these free radicals and thereby improve the condition of the skin.
This has an anti aging effect and the publicity that has surrounded the discovery of this information has resulted in
antioxidants being included in almost all skin care products to meet the demands of the consumer.
Sun damaged skin in particular has been shown to improve when antioxidants have been applied directly to the affected area.
Sources of Antioxidants
There are various different sources of antioxidants and some of the more popular ones are grape seed extract and green tea extract.
Grape seed extract has shown to reduce inflammation of the skin and in addition it helps to strengthen the capillary walls. It is a popular inclusion in many skin care products due to these properties.
Green tea on the other hand has shown to reduce the size of pre-cancerous skin lesions in various tests due to the active ingredient catechins.
With the use of these naturally occurring antioxidants the damage that is caused to the skin by the free radicals that degrade the collagen and elastin is reduced and the positive effect that they have in assisting the skin to renew damaged cells has the desired anti aging effect that people are looking for.