You hear this word a lot, but do you really understand what they are and why they are important? Let’s dive into the world of antioxidants and learn why they should definitely be in your arsenal for anti-aging skincare.
What are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants are substances that prevent oxidative stress and pair with free radicals to stop the cycle of cellular damage. Antioxidants can be enzymes, vitamins or other plant-based molecules.
Oxidation occurs when energy or electrons from healthy cells split. These electrons like to be in pairs and when they are split, they are referred to as free radicals. Free radicals travel through the body looking for other electrons to steal from healthy cells. This oxidation and free radical scavenging cause a vicious cycle called oxidative stress which damages your cellular DNA, proteins and other vital molecules. This type of damage leads to cell malfunction or cell death… AKA aging, wrinkles, cancer and other skin maladies.
Common sources of oxidative stress:
So, why are antioxidants important in your skincare?
Antioxidants step in and give free radicals an electron to neutralize them and thus stop their cascade of damage. Your diet should be filled with antioxidants to fight oxidative stress inside the body. Unfortunately, most of what you eat does not make it from the gut to the skin to help. So, using antioxidants in your skincare products is essential to fight the damaging effects of oxidative stress and free radicals.
Feed your skin the nutrients it needs to fight oxidative stress, free radicals and premature aging. If you want smooth, healthy and radiant skin then antioxidant rich skincare products with ingredients formulated to absorb optimally are a must. At Mikel Kristi, we believe in nourishing your skin with safe, effective ingredients that restore and protect.
Topical Antioxidants that Work:
Protect your skin from the damaging stressors with application of these potent antioxidants. For your best and healthiest skin, apply Mikel Kristi Vital A Rejuvenating Serum, Vital C Repair Serum and C Radiance Moisturizer. Go to Mikelkristi.com today to get started on your skin’s transformation.
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Hello beauties!! Let’s have a little skin care education today and talk about a popular ingredient many of my patients have been asking me about lately. It’s called niacinamide, pronounce (ni-ah-cin-ah-mide). It can be found in many foods such as meat, fish and milk, green vegetables and beans. But the real craze is its presence in lotions, creams, sunscreens and facial serums. It comes with a lot of tout and patients are all too excited to tell me they have purchased products with this ingredient, even if they don’t know just what properties this ingredient has! So, let’s discuss.
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