Antioxidants for Skin Care

You can find antioxidants in fruits, veggies and herbs. But what are they and why do you need them for your facial mask recipe?

What are they?

Oxidation is a chemical reaction at the cells, that all of our body is always going through. The chain reaction in the cells creates free radicals from an oxygen, which is usually crucial for the all life forms.

The free radicals are the ones that are damaging the cells, including the skin cells, so our body needs antiox. to prevent the damage that the free radicals cause.

What can cause the oxidation in the human body?

Drugs abuse, smoking, excessive sunlight exposure and extreme temperatures will fasten the oxidation process at your body, for sure.
In the oxidation process your skin loses its firmness, radiance and elasticity so at the bottom line it will fasten its aging.

Which types of Antioxidants exist and where do we find them?

Vitamin C – Ascorbic acid - Fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits and their extracts. Lemon, orange, peach, guava, sweet red pepper, and essential oils made of these fruits are rich with this vitamin.

In homemade facial scrubs world, the vitamin C recipes are usually for exfoliation , i.e. cleaning and dead-skin-cell removing abilities.

Oily skin and ageing skin usually need this, because this process will clean the clogged pores and rejuvenate the epidermis.

Vitamin E (Tocopherol) - Vegetarian edible oils like sunflower oil, olive oil, wheat germ oil and avocado oil. Also many nut oils can be full of this essential nutrient.

Moisturizers with this vitamin will be more powerful. You will find that dry areas of your skin will respond better to moisturizers and masks with this vitamin than any other nutrient.

Polyphenolic acids - Tea (especially the green tea), soy, olive oil, fruits, vegetables and herbs contain these acids. Fresh and organic grape juice also contain a very high percentage of these.

Homemade facial masks with herbs, which contain these acids, are good for all of the skin types. The additional mask contents are usually the ones that make the mask effective

Vitamin A (Retinol) - Carrots, butternut squash, apricots, sweet papaya, mango, sweet red peppers and many more.

This vitamin is suitable for all types of skin, depends how do you make the mask recipe:

For oily skin and acne you should better mix fresh grated ingredients, which have more acidity and pore-cleaning capacity. For dry skin you should make a mask out of cooked ingredients or to add some oily ingredients to add moisture to your skin.

The above nutrients are essential not only to your skin, but also to your nutrition: So be aware not to skimp on healthy foods, always prepare it at home and avoid fast food chains as much as possible.

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