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5 Reasons Your Skincare Needs Antioxidants

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If you're like most people who want good skin, then you know that aside from living a healthy lifestyle, a good set of skincare products that contain antioxidant ingredients is something that should be part of your beauty arsenal. From brightening your skin, to flushing out toxins, a good antioxidant product contains beneficial ingredients extracted from a variety of natural sources, presenting a host of skincare benefits for smoother, younger looking skin. 


If you're still not convinced, here are 5 reasons why antioxidants are important in skincare.


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It protects you from the environment



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The first thing you need to know about antioxidants is that they are first in line when it comes to defending your body from free radicals. Free radicals are highly unstable and reactive molecules that damage cells. That includes your skin cells--which are actually most vulnerable to free radical damage from external sources like pollution and UV rays that you encounter in day-to-day life. 


Antioxidants work by countering unstable molecules by "donating” electrons. This results in creating a protective layer against free radicals and other pollutants. You can up this protection by including more antioxidant-rich food in your diet such as tomatoes, pomegranates, berries, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, and leafy greens; and by also adding an antioxidant based skincare product in your beauty regimen.

It keeps you looking young



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That hard truth about ageing is that you can't prevent it from happening. The good news is that you can delay it. Antioxidants are the superstar ingredients when it comes to anti-ageing issues. By nature, antioxidants combat the damage behind both the visible and hidden signs of skin ageing. This is done by plumping the skin to make it appear more youthful--which in turn, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. To add to that, antioxidants also enhance the effectiveness of sunscreens and the rest of your beauty products in preventing and correcting sun damage. So yes, it's best to start your anti-ageing skincare routine when you're young to keep that radiant glow. 

It helps repair skin



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Throughout the years, your skin cells are continuously damaged due to sun exposure, pollution, stress, bad eating habits, and harsh skincare products. Products with a variety of antioxidants is what you need to combat this. It'll be even better if they are products with a combination of various antioxidants. Think: berries, vitamin c, and pomegranates (fun fact: pomegranates are known to have the most amount of antioxidants, even surpassing red wine and tea tree oil). It works by reducing the appearance of scar tissue and increasing blood flow, thus minimizing the size of the scar, and encouraging the development of new skin. 

It clears blemishes



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Red marks, inflammation, acne, scars--these are just some of the skincare problems we loathe seeing on our faces. It's a good thing that antioxidants are there to save the day! Blemish creams may heal your skin from these problems from the outside, but antioxidants heal from inside out.  Antioxidants calm inflammation by increasing circulation and cell metabolism which in turn, evens out the skin tone and help keep acne, wrinkles, and inflammation at bay. Hello, clear skin! 

It boosts sun protection



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Sunscreen is one of the most important steps in any skincare regimen; but did you know that by simply incorporating more antioxidants in your beauty regimen, you'd be able to further boost your sun protections? Unlike sunscreen, antioxidants are able to guard your cells from the inside, giving you another layer of protection against the sun by fortifying your skin against sun damage. So boost your sun protection by complementing your daily sunscreen regimen with a skincare product rich in antioxidants such as the Estée Lauder Nutritious line.

What's your favourite thing about antioxidants? Let us know in the comments below!