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green teaFree radicals play a huge role in premature aging.  We are exposed to UV rays, tobacco smoke, environmental pollutants and even the over use of tanning beds.  We can get antioxidants in our food to fight free radical damage on the inside, but we also have to use good cosmeceuticals to protect the skin on the outside.  When shopping for cosmetics, look for these ingredients:

  • Vitamin E (tocopherol) – helps to heal the skin, boost collagen production and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  Vitamin E can be found in vegetables, seeds and meat.
  • Lycopene – contains carotenoid (responsible for red coloring) found in red fruits and vegetables.  It helps to improve skin texture and reduces wrinkles by means of collagen production and reducing DNA damage to cells.  Lycopene is best used topically because it absorbs easily into the skin.
  • Green Tea has chemicals called catechins which are powerful antioxidants to clear out cell damage in the skin to repair wrinkles, blemishes and other impurities.  Green tea can be applied to the skin to reduce sun damage, but it does not block UV rays.
  • Coffee Berry – found in anti-aging formulas to prevent collagen damage and reduce wrinkles.  It is also known to have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Resveratrol (see earlier post) – found in grapes, nuts, fruits and red wine.  When applied topically, it protects the skin from UVB damage.
  • Grape Seed – rich in proanthocyanidins which are potent antioxidants to fight free radical scavengers.  It is believe to be more potent than Vitamins C and E.
  • Niacinamides (Vitamin B3) – has anti-inflammatory and depigmenting properties (great as a skin lightener).  It also helps to improve texture and tone of the skin.
  • Vitamin C (L-ascorbic Acid) – can be found in fruits and vegetables.  Vitamin C boosts collagen formation and protects the skin from aging.

To read more on this topic, click on the following link:

Huffington Post. (2013). HuffPost Healthy Living, “9 Antioxidants that can help prevent premature skin aging”. Retrieved November 15, 2013, from:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dermapproved/personal-health_b_4212190.html