The research on antioxidants is, well, nothing short of confusing. How many stories have you read about green tea, chocolate, red wine, or even coffee? Some of these findings seem to conflict with one another, and the media are constantly reporting on new disease-fighting foods…While there are no conclusive answers, understanding the antioxidant basics can help you navigate your way to great skin and improved overall health!

 

Antioxidants are the Superheroes,

free radicals are the baddies.

Free radicals damage healthy cells. Put simply, a free radical is a damaged cell that is now missing an electron. The free radical then ‘steals’ the electron from a nearby healthy cell, turning that healthy cell into a baddie that in turn needs to steal an electron..and the cycle continues. To the skin, these ‘baddies’ manifest as loose skin, premature wrinkling, and discoloration. This is where our Superhero antioxidants swoop in and ‘give-up’ electrons to the free radical cells, meaning, the bad guys no longer have to ‘steal’ from the healthy cells. This is all very important when looking to achieve glowing skin! Our antioxidant Superheroes come in various forms. Where can you find these Ninjas of Nutrition? FOOD first, then a well-selected combination of topicals and supplements.

 

Foods That Contain The Most Antioxidants Include:

Dark Chocolate, Leafy Greens, Berries,

Salmon, Broccoli, Avocados, Papaya

Some antioxidants are more powerful than others, Astaxanthin for example, is the most powerful antioxidant known to man. Astaxanthin works by reducing the oxidative load in your body by protecting cells against oxidation. Not only does Astaxanthin work as a powerful antioxidant, but it also works to improve skin moisture levels, elasticity, and smoothness. Foods that have a high astaxanthin content are salmon, lobster, krill and Esthechoc.

Topical antioxidants are showing more and more evidence not only in reducing wrinkles and slowing down skin aging but also in reducing the redness of rosacea, balancing discoloration, even helping to prevent some skin cancers. We now know that topical antioxidants are absorbed into the skin, fighting free radicals right at the source! Three great sources of stable, highly effective topical antioxidants from Medik8 are within the Vitamin C, Vitamin A (retinol) ranges, and the potent blend of Vitamin E, Copper PCA and Superoxide Dismutase found in Medik8 Firewall.:

Medik8 Firewall, CE Thione, and Retinol 6TR

Medik8 Retinol 6TR - High Strength Vitamin A Serum

 

So, Superhero of your OWN skin,

now you know what it takes to FIGHT SKIN BADDIES! 

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