If you are into skin or overall body health, most likely you have heard of antioxidants. So, what are they and what they do?
Antioxidants protect skin from the assault of free radicals (UV from sun, pollution, cigarette smoke) that can cause oxidative stress. Antioxidants are able to neutralize the effects of free radicals or possibly delay some cell damage. This neutralization may cause a reduction of abnormal skin pigmentation and fine lines. Your body’s cells naturally create some powerful antioxidants. They are also found in commonly consumed foods, like whole grain bread, certain cereals, beans, blueberries, red grapes, red cabbage and kale, to name a few.
It is equally important to use skincare products (creams, lotions, and cleanser) with ingredients that contain antioxidant properties such as vitamin E, jojoba oil or green tea to combat elements that damage skin, but also can help to calm and give a more youthful appearance to skin.
Probiotics can be found in fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir or sauerkraut. These healthy bacteria help our body to restore balance to function well by fighting off bad bacteria. Probiotics are also beneficial for our skin when applied topically. As we age, our skin’s PH increases leading to dryer skin and fine cracks. Probiotics have calming effects and may help to improve skin by bringing it back to a normal state, and slow down the visible signs of aging. Some studies suggest that probiotics are beneficial for more serious skin disorders, such as inflammation, rosacea or eczema
Look for an expiration date on any products that are being advertised as probiotic creams or lotions. Since probiotics are live bacteria, they can only be effective for approximately six months after opening. These types of products are traditionally packed in an airless containers.
And, remember, always choose products with ingredients that fit for your skin type – dry, oily, or combination. You’ll get the best results!