The use of antioxidants is nothing new to the beauty community. But over time, people have become more interested in how certain nutrients become part of their beauty regimen. For example, vitamin C, E, and A are known for essential nutrients for healthy skin.
Meanwhile, niacinamide and resveratrol are now common parts of today’s skincare products. However, how do these popular antioxidants play a role in achieving healthier skin? Here’s how:
Niacinamide, a form of vitamin B-3, is an essential nutrient when it comes to general skin health. Although more research may be needed, the topical use of it may help treat certain skin conditions—including acne and eczema. The most benefits include immunity, reduction of redness and blotchiness, smaller pores, protection against sun damage, and evening-out hyperpigmentation.
The antioxidant doesn’t have to come from skincare products alone. Since it’s a nutrient found in most food, people can source it from eggs, cereals, green veggies, beans, fish, and milk. However, if you’re after certain effects on the skin, go for topical products, usually applied before bedtime.
Resveratrol is a popular antioxidant reducing inflammation, making it an ideal method for treating arthritis. However, it also has antibacterial and antifungal properties that help wounds heal faster. It is found in many foods, such as grapes, red wine, berries, and peanuts. The antioxidant neutralizes free radicals that cause damage to the skin.
Meanwhile, resveratrol is mostly linked with skincare involving anti-skin aging problems. As people grow older, we lose the ability to produce elastin and collagen—substances that help our skin become stronger and less prone to thinning. Resveratrol comes in many forms—dietary supplements, moisturizers, and serums. These are all best applied topically.
3. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is for people hoping for brighter skin. Although it does not whiten the skin, it does even out the color, making it look good no matter its tone. It is the ultimate antioxidant for tired-looking skin, which calms and hydrates the largest organ in the body. For some, they might even experience a boost in collagen production, which helps in tightening fine lines and uneven skin.
4. Vitamin E
Vitamin E, or Tocopherol, is vital for everybody. It is the most popular type of antioxidant, doing a little bit of everything, producing moderate effects. Vitamin E is vital for dry skin due to its moisturizing properties.
However, it is also a natural anti-inflammatory nutrient that keeps the skin feeling soft and supple over the years. Pairing vitamin E with vitamin C is a powerful combination that eliminates free radicals in the process.
5. Vitamin A
Vitamin A is effective for anti-aging. Same as retinol (Vitamin A’s concentrated form), Vitamin A effectively smooths out fine lines, wrinkles, and softens bumps and rough patches. However, like vitamin C, it also offers a brighter glow which is a great way to fade scars and dark marks.
However, vitamin A comes with a few weeks of purging, where the person consuming the antioxidant may experience more breakouts. But after the purging period, their skin should reveal a new, brighter glow.
No matter how many people tell you that a beauty regimen has worked for them, keep in mind that every person has a different skin type. The products that have worked for them may not work for you. At worst, it may even worsen your skin’s condition. Therefore, it is best to visit a dermatologist and seek professional advice for the best skin care products for your needs.
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