Friday, October 10, 2008

Natural antioxidants for skin | skin care with antioxidants

Antioxidants are chemicals that protect our cells by neutralizing external forces (such as damage from the sun, pollution, wind, and temperature) and internal factors (for example, emotions, metabolism, and the presence of excess oxygen). They counter the effect of toxic free radical molecules by stabilizing them. Common antioxidants are Vitamins A, C, E, and beta carotene. These special chemicals assist in skin repair and the strengthening of blood vessels, which results in healthier skin.

Antioxidants can be endogenous (produced by the body) or exogenous (obtained through the diet). Endogenous antioxidants include enzymes, coenzymes and sulfur-containing compounds such as glutathione. Exogenous antioxidants include vitamins C and E, bioflavonoids and carotenes. In fact, the term “antioxidant” is applied to dozens of different kinds of nutrients, botanicals and supplements, from grape seed extract and selenium to alpha-lipoic acid and superoxide dismutase. So a healthy diet with good helpings of Vitamin C & E can give us our dose of much needed antioxidants. Fruits such as grapes, apples, bananas, melons, and citrus fruits (as well as juices of these fruits), and vegetables such as dark green leafy vegetables, carrots, cauliflower, onions, and beets all are very high in antioxidant content. Also nuts and mushrooms are high in antioxidants.

Free radicals are toxic molecules which are highly unstable. They attack healthy cells causing cellular damage, the root of many health problems. The skin is particularly vulnerable to free radical attack. These dangerous oxidizing molecules speed up the rate of skin ageing. Normal body processes generate free radicals. They are also produced by a number of external factors such as pollution, tobacco and the sun. Another factor is stress; stress produces adrenaline-related products, which not only restricts blood flow to our skin, but also generates potent, destructive free radicals

Natural antioxidants that quench free radicals are an essential component of anti-ageing formulations. They potentially protect damage to tissues from the detrimental effects of environment and other agents. Biochemical reactions that accelerate the progression of skin ageing have their roots in inflammatory processes ,as inflammation generates micro-scars that mature into blemishes or wrinkles.

Himalaya Anti-wrinkle creamHimalaya Anti-Wrinkle Cream is packed with anti-oxidants. On application, it penetrates deep into the skin. It nourishes, moisturizes and emollients and thus keeps skin fresh and soft. Composed of 14 herbs, Himalaya Anti-wrinkle cream helps to smooth wrinkles and fine lines and tones the skin.

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