The topic of antioxidants in food has been discussed for a long time and at great length. Amidst the debate, it has been recommended that we eat plenty of colourful vegetables, and from time to time, riding on the coat tails of antioxidants, red wine and dark chocolate also draw praise as health-promoting treats. What’s the real story, and how are antioxidants linked to skincare?
What are antioxidants?
Simply put, an antioxidant is a substance that inhibits oxidation. In the world we live in, our cells are under constant oxidative stress, with factors such as smoking, strenuous physical workouts, air pollution, low-quality fats and a range of different carcinogens causing additional stress. Antioxidants are protective compounds that balance and mitigate the rampage of free radicals, which can cause a whole host of side effects, including long-term illnesses and ageing-related changes. When combined with antioxidants, other compounds can no longer be oxidised.
Antioxidants can be found in both high-quality food and nutritional supplements. Synthetic antioxidants are a hot topic when it comes to research, as it would appear that they do not work in the same way as natural nutrients. Some artificial vitamins are considered harmful, and even dangerous. In natural foods, good sources of antioxidants include berries found in forests as well as those cultivated in gardens; onions; cabbage; green vegetables; vegetable oil, fish, shellfish and game that all contain vitamin E and selenium; and fruits, root vegetables and other vegetables such as carrots, tomatoes, melons, citrus fruits and rosehip that all contain vitamin C and carotenoid pigments.
Natural, antioxidant-rich skincare
Natural antioxidants have been the object of research for many years, and have been shown to protect the body from some of the effects of ageing, for example, when ingested. The same oxidation inhibitors serve a similar purpose in skin care and are an easy option to fall back on amongst the vast array of beauty products on the market. Raw ingredients scientifically are proven to be antioxidants protect cells and are effective at combatting free radicals, particularly in their natural form. Your skin will thank you for using antioxidants in the long run by ageing more beautifully. Ingredients in natural cosmetics are sourced directly from genuine plants, berries and fruits, and their effective concentrations are high. Nevertheless, there are differences amongst natural cosmetics from an antioxidant perspective; one jar may have a greater antioxidant effect than another depending on the kind of antioxidants, their source, and how they’ve been processed.
Patyka’s antioxidant range – protective warriors for the skin
Last year Patyka launched a complete range of antioxidant products, the potency of which is based in particular on antioxidant ingredients. The five-product dream team comprises a refreshing eye contour gel, a perfecting glow serum, a protective facial spray, and a firming face cream available in two different formulations. Patyka designed its antioxidant range specifically for those in the midst the busiest years of their lives – balancing careers, children and social lives – aged around 30 and upward, who experience high levels of (oxidative) stress in their everyday lives. When all of your energies are focused on managing children and/or work concerns, with little time to get out into nature or to eat quite as well as you would like, your skin will thank you for giving it a little extra protection. Serving as protective warriors, Patyka’s antioxidant products include ingredients such as goji berries rich in vitamin C, raspberry water, date seed extract, and polysaccharides from oats. The ingredients undergo minimal processing, and the company is very precise about their origin and quality.
INARI’s Arctic Blend – rich Nordic antioxidants for demanding skincare
INARI Arctic Beauty’s ingredients are sourced from the cleanest and least polluted environment in the world. North of the Arctic Circle, vegetation grows quickly and abundantly in the summer. The plants take full advantage of the intense sunlight and collect as much in the way of energy and nutrients as possible in order to be able to endure the Arctic winter. The plants, berries and roots that live in these extreme conditions are full of high-quality active ingredients that provide effective protection against oxidation. Super-plants containing vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are undeniably also good for the well-being of the skin.
The combination of active ingredients in INARI products is based on the antioxidant properties of each of the ingredients. These ingredients fight back against the premature ageing of the skin, as well as promoting the synthesis of collagen and hyaluronic acid. The products contain an effective plant-based combination, known as Arctic Blend, featuring the following Nordic treasures:
Rosehip is also known as the Nordic ginseng and contains a high concentration of antioxidant flavonoids. Chaga mushrooms contain the powerful antioxidant beta-glucan, which stimulates skin regeneration and visibly reduces wrinkles and fine lines. Pine bark extract is well-known for its antioxidant, protective and anti-ageing properties. Cloudberry extract is prized, antioxidant-rich substance full of vitamins E and C, which are vital for the skin. Lingonberry seed oil contains high concentrations of alpha-linolenic acid, which is important for normal skin function, as well as vitamin E, which occurs naturally in the skin as a key antioxidant. The Lingonberry LBA50® compound found in INARI products has been clinically proven to moisturise, firm and reduce wrinkles. Blueberry leaf extract contains high levels of polyphenols, which protect the skin from free radicals and stimulate its surface blood circulation, whilst simultaneously brightening the skin. Blueberry leaf extract is a powerful antioxidant that also gently cleanses the skin. Antioxidants with a localised effect prevent oxidative stress in the skin and therefore mitigate signs of ageing.