Ingredience Haul: The 411 on antioxidants

skinphd1Antioxidants are in almost all skincare, from shampoo to bar soap.  People swear by these age-fighting helpers, but do most of us even know what they are?  Allow me to explain.

 

What are antioxidants?

In a nutshell, antioxidants absorb free-radicals  inside cells. Since we’re talking about skin, we’ll say skin cells. Generally speaking, free-radicals cause cells to break down, which can age skin.  On a grand scale,  free-radicals can also attribute to cancer and illness.  Free-radicals are caused by  bad health and bodily pollution caused by the environment, or by you ( i.e. smoking, drinking etc.)

Where do antioxidants come from?

In nature, all fruits and veggies are filled with antioxidants;  especially fruit.  Different colors mean different types of antioxidants.  Berries, melons, carrots, you name it, nature has an antioxidant for you.  In skin care,  most antioxidants are synthetic. This is a good thing because it means the antioxidant is in a stable form that will allow the skin to utilize the antioxidant most efficiently when topically applied.

What’s the bottom line?

Antioxidants are very good to have in skin care because they help skin retain its youth, and helps us fight free-radical damage with regular use.  On the other hand,  topical application is no substitute for good health, and the whole body needs antioxidants, not just the skin!

When should I start using antioxidants in skincare?

Immediately! Antioxidants come in the form of vitamins, like C, B, etc.  You can never be too young to take your vitamins.  Skin PhD has many products that utilize the power of antioxidants in the perfect skincare cocktail.  Click here to learn more.

The top three exfoliators, best suited for your personality

images (3)Women can and will find any and every excuse in the book not to try an new product. We know how to get out of doing something if we think it’s a waste of time.  Finding the right exfoliator can be hard; some of us just choose to stick with soap and water because we don’t feel like searching for the “right one.”  We’re all different and what one might like, the other may hate. To the task of trying something new easier,  I’ve recommended three different exfoliators, for three very different of women.  Keep reading to find your match made in heaven, at least as far as your skin is concerned!

“I have no time, I’m always on the run.”

The type of woman is so busy, she barely has time  to brush her teeth in the morning. She has a lot to do, and a small amount of time to do it.  For this woman, I would recommend the Papaya Exfoliator.  This exfoliant is so effective, you can feel and see it working  even after one use.  The busy woman will appreciate this because she knows it’s not a waste of time, the exfoliant actually works, and she doesn’t have to do it everyday.  To learn more about this product, click here.

“If I can help it, I only want the best of everything, all the time.”

This is the lady, that will travel an hour, just for the best donuts in  town, even if they aren’t for her.  If it something luxurious that she can rave about to her friends, she’ll  do whatever it takes to get it.  For her,  I’d recommend the AHA Seven Fruit Amidroxy Exfoliator.  It was voted best skin care product on the Dr. Oz Show. It’s made from natural fruit acids from red and citrus fruits and has intense anti-aging properties.  To learn more about this product, click here.

“If it’s not comfortable, I won’t wear it; from the bobby-pins in my hair, to the shoes on my feet.”

This type of woman is all about comfort, and won’t have anything that goes against her #1 requirement.  She’ll stop using a product in a heartbeat if is causes discomfort in anyway.  For her, I recommend the AHA Gentle Exfoliating Cream, This one is made from  natural fruit acids, along with minerals, proteins, vitamins and African Shea Butter.  It’s a cream base, so it feels good on the skin, and doesn’t leave you dry.  To learn more about this product, click here.