Antioxidants (1)Author: Jennifer Jacobsen, R.N.

We strongly encourage the daily use of antioxidants, or “AOXs,” when consulting patients about skin care regimens.  It is helpful to understand what free radicals do in order to understand why this step is beneficial to add to your regimen.

Dr. Michael Brown says, “Scientifically, free radicals are molecules created as a by-product of oxygen metabolism as our bodies create energy at the cellular level.  Basically, the oxygen molecule loses one electron, turning it into a ‘free radical.’  Free radical formation is encouraged by external factors such as pollutants, sunlight, radiation, smoking, excessive alcohol and some drugs.  They float around the body looking for electrons to rebalance themselves.  If necessary, free radicals steal electrons from normal, healthy cells. This is the cause of conditions such as accelerated aging and deadly cancers. Antioxidants protect healthy cells by donating an electron to the free radicals.  The body produces some antioxidants naturally, and we can also get them from the foods we eat and from dietary supplements.  However, the absolute best way to get them to the skin is to apply them topically.”

Antioxidants not only offer protective benefits but corrective as well – think texture, fine lines, laxity, tone… While many products claim to contain antioxidants, many of them are in very small amounts or in formulations that are not absorbed well by the skin. Purchasing your antioxidant from one of the reputable product lines like SkinCeuticals®, who pioneered the development of antioxidant formulations, will ensure that you get a high-quality, efficacious product.