What exactly are antioxidants? In her book, Simple Skin Beauty, Dr. Marmur writes…
“Antioxidants in certain foods – green tea, olive oil, blueberries, salmon and sunflower seeds to name a few examples – are the superheroes of the nutrient family. Antioxidants are substances that may extinguish and protect your cells against the effects of free radicals – the toxic oxygen molecules that are the by-product of cell renewal, pollution, and sun damage.”
The use of antioxidants is not an overnight fix. Antioxidants simply cannot remedy a problem or concern that quickly. Antioxidant rich products, and foods, should be incorporated as part of your overall prevention regimen.
Antioxidants may be used topically, and aid internally when consumed as part of a healthy diet. Applied directly to your skin, antioxidants can help preserve the normal function of your DNA, and prevent toxic radials from killing cells and collagen prematurely. The result is brighter skin, diminished pigmentation, and reduced fine lines! Further, as part of your skin care regimen, antioxidants can help to avert UV damage, and reduce inflammation caused by UV exposure.
Antioxidants belong to a huge, and rather complex category. The particular antioxidants under this umbrella that are considered beneficial to DNA include:
- Vitamin C – which is critical for healthy body tissue, wound repair and an efficient immune system.
- Vitamin E – important in cell maintenance and also plays an active role in the maintenance of a healthy heart, blood and circulation. It is one of the body’s main antioxidants.
- Vitamin B5 – is terrific for DNA repair and found in sunflower seeds, broccoli, squash, mushrooms, and eggs.
- Polyphenols – which are botanical extracts from green tea, pomegranate, and dark purple grapes to name a few.
- Alpha-lipoic acid – commonly referred to as Omega-3, are natural fatty acids. High concentrations of Omega-3’s are found in salmon, flax seeds, and walnuts.
- Flavonoids – potent plant nutrients present in soy, wild yam, green tea, red wine, and citrus to name a few.
At Previse, we utilize a variety of antioxidant ingredients for their topical properties.
- Green tea – helps reduces cortisol levels and stimulate our immune system.
- Honey – is a terrific humectant, and great nutrient supply for the growth of new tissue.
- Rosemary – studies show rosemary helps fight against mutagenic effects of radiation. Mutagenic effects may lead to melanoma.
- Panthenol (Vitamin B5) – helps stimulate epithelialization critical in wound healing.
- Resveratrol helps scavenge free radicals and protect the skin’s surface from oxidizing.
We invite you to read all about our ingredients that play a vital role in all our recipes, and other ways to improve the health of your skin DNA by visiting Previse.
All these wonderful antioxidant boosters should not be used in lieu of your “sun smart” behavior, which includes Prevising twice daily, paying particular attention to our pre-sun, DNA damage protector Defend Step 3.0 – the prefect complement and foundation to your broad spectrum SPF sunscreen. We further recommend avoidance of the mid-day sun, and wearing sun protective clothing and accessories.