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Looking to stave off signs of aging or skin damage or reduce them? Antioxidants offer unique skin benefits. Skincare-News.com's latest article, "Antioxidants That Boost Your Skin - Part 1," explains how antioxidants like alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10 and green tea extract can help minimize the harmful impact of free radicals on skin.
Alpha lipoic acid
Alpha lipoic acid may be especially helpful in treating wrinkles. One small study found that a high concentration of alpha lipoic acid reduced mild-to-moderate wrinkles by up to 50 percent and fine lines were almost gone.
Also, it's gentler than other wrinkle treatments, such as retinoids, which are typically irritating. So alpha lipoic acid can be applied around the delicate eye area.
How it may help skin:
- Reduce inflammation.
- Assist in chemical processes, providing energy to cells.
- Diminish the look of scars.
- Stimulate collagen growth.
- Balance oil production levels and increase exfoliation of dead cells to prevent clogged pores.
- Retain good polyunsaturated fats necessary to keep skin healthy.
- Prevent cross-linking, a process that combines proteins to cause wrinkles.
Coenzyme Q10 (Co Q10)
Coenzyme Q10 has greater stability than other antioxidants -- especially vitamin C -- and is less likely to break down, spoil or cause skin irritation.
How it may help skin:
- Power mitochondria, skin cell structures that generate energy for cellular activity.
- Inhibit synthesis of collagenase, an enzyme that breaks down and damages collagen.
- Convert food into energy to be used by cells.
- Encourage new cell growth.
- Firm and smooth skin to reduce the look of lines and wrinkles.
Green tea extract
Green tea leaves contain high levels of protective chemicals called flavanoids, catechins and polyphenols. This antioxidant is known to be extremely effective at neutralizing free radicals, more powerful than vitamin C and vitamin E.
But as with other antioxidants, green tea extract breaks down and undergoes oxidation when it comes in contact with light or air.
How it may help skin:
- Promote healthy blood circulation and strong blood vessels.
- Moisturize skin.
- Decrease inflammation and redness.
- Provide additional UV protection when combined with sunscreen.
- Protect against skin cancer.
- Improve skin elasticity.
See the complete guide to how these three antioxidants can help prevent and repair signs of aging at Skincare-News.com.
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