Why your skin needs antioxidants – Self

Why your skin needs antioxidants

Without any doubt, you must’ve heard of antioxidants. But do you also know what they do and why these substances are so important for your skin? I will gladly explain it to you.

What are antioxidants?

The term ‘antioxidants’ is a collective term for vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. These powerful yet natural substances are of immense importance to your health. They protect your DNA and cellular tissues against the harmful effects of free radicals. Free radicals are small, aggressive molecules that develop during our metabolism. They can also occur by air pollution, UV-index, stress, smoking, and alcohol. Our body produces antioxidant enzymes to neutralize the danger. And also in nature a lot of healing antioxidants are found. They appear in macadamia nuts, chocolate, olive oil, … and in fruits and vegetables of course. Pomegranate, blueberries, kale, and eggplant are a few great examples of antioxidant sources!

5 reasons to choose for antioxidants

Antioxidants have an enormous number of trumps. They apparently play a role in preventing you from getting serious diseases such as cancer. But also, for the skin, they can be of big help.

1. ANTIOXIDANTS PROTECT THE SKIN FROM POLLUTION

Particulate matter, cigarette smoke, exhaust gasses, … Each day we encounter a huge amount of pollution. These filthy air parcels stick to the skin and damage her protective barrier. This makes itself feel. Never before did so many struggle with skin sensitivity, redness, scaling, and (chronicle) skin problems. According to research, polluted air can cause changes to the skin. It stimulates the formation of free radicals and inflammation factors, whereby the connective tissue and DNA in the skin becomes damaged. The consequence? The elasticity of your skin declines, your skin ages faster, and has a dull complexion. Luckily, there is some good news: using products that are rich in antioxidants protects the skin against the damaging effects of free radicals!

2. ANTIOXIDANTS DECREASE WRINKLES

It has been scientifically proven that free radicals play an important role in premature skin aging. Too many free radicals can harm healthy cells and cause damage to the skin- and connective tissue, often with wrinkles and other skin aging signs as a result. Preventing wrinkles is a utopia, but those who get in enough antioxidants can put off the forming of wrinkles. Skincare products also give your skin quality a boost. Vitamin A is one of de most powerful antioxidants and dermatologists often use it to soothe skin aging signs. This vitamin stimulates cell growth, makes the collagen fiber stronger, protects from UV damage, and helps pigment spots fade away. Did you know that macadamia is naturally rich in this powerful antioxidant? This is not coincidently one of SELFs’ main ingredients!

3. ANTIOXIDANTS STRENGTHEN THE SKIN

As we get older, the nutritional reserves that are naturally available in the skin wear out. That is how it loses its elasticity. A powerful mix of antioxidants makes sure that this doesn’t happen. Antioxidants refill the important substances that our skin needs, which delays the skin aging process and solidifies the skin.

Tip: Our SELF Boost of Indulgence Face Mask contains a very high concentration of Lycopene. Lycopene, also known as tomato extract, protects the skin against sun damage, but above all, it has a bunch of powerful antioxidants such as the super nutritious vitamins C, E, B6, B1, B3, and B2! It works anti-inflammatory, protects the skin against daily external effects, and helps strengthen the skin.

4. ANTIOXIDANTS MAKE YOUR SKIN SHINE

Every antioxidant has its own specific function. Vitamin C, for example, is proven to be very effective against a dull complexion. The vitamin evens out and helps replace brown spots and redness. Vitamin C works even better in combination with other antioxidants. A match made in heaven is vitamin C and E. Look at your favorite skincare product and see if it includes any other vitamins. The SELF products contain coconut, argan oil, aloe vera, shea butter, macadamia, and oils of mandarins and geranium: natural ingredients with a high dose of vitamins. The power really is the combination. All these ingredients improve each other’s effect.

5. ANTIOXIDANTS SOFTEN THE SKIN

If you suffer from sensitive skin with redness, aloe vera would be perfect for you: plenty of vitamin A, C, and E, three powerful antioxidants that help restore the skin barrier. You can find them for example in argan oil: a natural panacea that keeps the skin flexible and soft. Especially during the winter months, it is a must for your skin!

 

Tip: Argan oil is one of the ingredients of our All Day Dreamer day cream and the Fine Delicate body butter! Pure power for your skin!

5. ANTIOXIDANTS SOFTEN THE SKIN

If you suffer from sensitive skin with redness, aloe vera would be perfect for you: plenty of vitamin A, C, and E, three powerful antioxidants that help restore the skin barrier. You can find them for example in argan oil: a natural panacea that keeps the skin flexible and soft. Especially during the winter months, it is a must for your skin!

 

Tip: Argan oil is one of the ingredients of our All Day Dreamer day cream and the Fine Delicate body butter! Pure power for your skin!

I’ve already said it, our skin is under a lot of pressure these days. Nutritious products with pure, effective ingredients that do not trigger the sensitivity of your skin, give it the chance to optimize the protection of itself and restore in a natural way. Take care of your skin and grand it a bit of power each day.

Would you love to know more about antioxidants? Send me an e-mail with your question. I love to help!

Love,

Isabelle x