Last week I explained the whole drama about the effects free radicals can have on our skin. But don’t worry, the battle is not lost just yet. Antioxidants are coming to the rescue.
Antioxidants are molecules that balance free radicals by donating an electron. As simple as that.
Imagine an avocado (nom nom). Cut it in half. It starts getting brown – free radicals are formed and the process of oxidation starts. You can prolong its freshness by a few drops of lemon juice; vitamin C = antioxidant (please don’t start rubbing lemon juice on your face. Ever!).
We are bombarded with the need to consume an adequate intake of antioxidants in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, the majority of consumed antioxidants get used by our body well before they reach the skin. That is why it’s so important to topically apply them as well.
Antioxidants are different forms of vitamins A, C, and E, carotenoids, polyphenols, lipoic acid … they are to you what lemon is to avocado. Use them. Orally and topically.
Plant-based foods, nuts, green tea, and coffee are a great source of antioxidants. The best news of all is that antioxidants are also flavanol (found in chocolate) and resveratrol (in wine). So a cheeky glass of vino at the end of the day is actually a good thing.
I said glass. ONE. GLASS.
Not finishing a bottle on Friday so that you are good to go for a week. Think about the avocado!!