A recent research study in ‘Cell Reports’ reminds us about the important role of antioxidants. From the point of skin care, it is useful to learn the benefits of antioxidant ingredients in beauty products.
With topical application, the antioxidant ingredients go into our blood stream through skin pores. Experts team at Herbally Radiant therefore takes special care in including antioxidant ingredients in several formulations to enhance their efficacy.
Antioxidants are natural substances like beta-carotene, vitamin C and E and other minerals, Ratinol, green tea extract, all these could prevent, or delay, most of the age related or pollution related damage to cells. They can counter "free radicals" that damage DNA. Damaged skin cells can speed up aging process with the premature emergence of wrinkles, dry skin, dark under eye circles, dull skin, and many other disorders.
In natural skin care products, extracts of black or green tea are used by Herbally Radiant to derive great healing benefits. The extracts of buds and leaves of tea make very effective ingredient as they have the highest concentration of antioxidant properties (polyphenol and flavonoid content). Green and white teas contain anti-carcinogenic and anti-mutagenic properties which also provide excellent skin nourishment.
The condensed antioxidant elements of green tea have many advantages. These aid in body’s physical and biochemical systems as well as cell structure, with proven ability to penetrate a cell and protect it against free radical invasion. Free radicals are damaging compounds that alter cells that directly correlate with the aging process. The special feature of green tea is that it comes with minimal processing – its leaves are withered and not fermented- making it very effective ingredient in top beauty formulations, to prevent acne, spots and blemishes.
Tea extracts also have scavenging effect of lipid free radicals due to high catechin & polyphenol properties. Herbally Radiant experts have found their excellent anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties when combined with selected organic ingredients.
Other antioxidant elements are: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, (we use them specially in serums and moisturizers). Vitamin C enhances collagen production (including dermal collagen, which fights against wrinkles), besides helping reduce skin discoloration, strengthening skin’s barrier response, enhancing skin’s repair process, reducing inflammation, and helping skin better withstand exposure to sunlight. Retinol (the term for the entire vitamin A molecule) is a brilliant antioxidant cell-communicating ingredient with multiple benefits: anti-aging effect, younger and healthier skin, reducing breakouts, brown spots and red marks. Resveratrol is another potent polyphenolic antioxidant found in red grapes, nuts and fruits which protects against sun damage, improves collagen production and reduces cell damage.
Tip: For added benefit, make sure to eat plenty of antioxidants as well. In this case, what's good for your skin is also good for your body!