The ABC’s of Antioxidants For Your Skin

We are seeing moisturizing creams and serums that are called “Anti-oxidant Moisturizers or Serums”. What are these products? Do I need this over my other moisturizer, or do I need to add this to my skin regiment?

Master Esthetician Kari Romney breaks down the ABC’s of Antioxidants for your skin.

While some ingredients fall into their own category, others, like antioxidants can be many ingredients that fall under the same name. Each ingredient has it’s own function but also is categorized as an antioxidant. Examples of these are Vitamin A, C, and E. These are very powerful antioxidants. Each vitamin also has it’s own important role in skin care, and can be known by other names.

Antioxidants are found in many of the foods we eat, and vitamins we take.

Because our environment has become so polluted, topical antioxidants have become a crutial componant to our skin care regeem. Antioxidants fight against aging, and help to protect our immune system. By including antioxidants in your skin care program, the skin’s ability to protect and heal increases significantly. It isn’t enought to have a diet rich in antioxidants. Topical applications of antioxidants are important to give the skin cells ample protection against the destructiveness of free radicals.

Antioxidant skin care has make it possible to counter the free radicals our skin may suffer from.

Antioxidants in skin care also focus on maintaining a healthy, youthful dermis, which aids in preventing premature aging. Many antioxidants assist in the production of collagen and elastin. As we age the production weakens. Collagen keeps the skin firm, and elastin adds and maintains elasticity in our skin helping to prevent, and help minimize fine lines and wrinkles.

Think of ‘ANTIOXIDANTS’ as your skin’s body guard. Free radicals ravage the skin stealing from healthy skin cells. One of the main culprits behind the aging process is Oxidation, which is caused by free radicals. These highly unbalanced atoms attack healthy skin cells, causing them to malfunction or die. Therefore, the structure of our skin is damaged and its cellular stucture is weakened. Free radicals also alter our DNA, which results in aging and illness. Most free radical activity is promoted by exposure to enviromental pollution, sunlight, smoking, alcohol, poor dietary habits, and even stress!

Antioxidants interact with free radicals by neutralizing these oxidants. Keeping free radicals under control helps to protect by reducing free radical activity and skin damage. Daily replenishment of topical antioxidants provides the skin with an arsenal to deflect the assault and minimize the damage created by free radicals.

Sunscreen protects the skin against the onslaught of free radicals, while antioxidants build up the skin’s natural defenses to combat the occurrence of free radical activity and damage.

Below is a list of Antioxidants , and what they do.

VITAMIN C: is known as Ascorbic Acid. Needed for proper repair of the skin and tissues. Important in fighting the aging process and promotes collagen production keeping the skin healthy and firm.

ESTER C: is a stable, oil-form of Vitamin C. Providing high level of Skin Lightening, enchanced Collegen Synthesis, increased DNA, and UV protection with higher absorption capabilities than Ascorbic Acid. Great for all skin types, including sensitive.

VITAMIN A: also known as Retinol, Retinoic Acid, Retin-A , Renova. Aids in the functioning and repair of skin cells, sun damaged skin. Helps with acne.

VITAMIN E: or called Tocopherol. Helps heal structural damage to the skin, including stretch marks. Helps protects skin from harmful effects of the sun’s rays

GREEN TEA: soothing agent, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, helpful for couperose skin

WHITE TEA: (bud of the green tea plant, more potent then green tea)

COENZYME Q10: very powerful antioxidant used both orally and topically. Helps in protecting and revitalizing the skin cells. Often it is formulated with other natural protective ingredients to strengthen the capillary network, and increase energy to epidermal cells. It seems to fortify the skin’s immune function and activate metabolic function. Often with use of Q10 there is a visible reduction of wrinkles and fine lines. Q10 is recommended for all skin types.

ZINC OXIDE: protects, smoothes, and heals the skin. Provides an excellent barrier to the sun and other irritants.

NIACINAMIDE: a source of vitamin B. Helps in lightening dark spots, or age spots.

BETACAROTENE: current studies are showing that betacarotene possibly plays an important role in the formation and function of immune system cells.

IBR-SNOWFLAKE (new): (Leucojum Aestivum Bulb Extract) an extract from dormant Leucojum Aestivum Bulbs is shown to effectively inhibit the contraction of muscle cells, smoothing the skin, reducing the formation of wrinkles. In addition, studies are indicating its use to reduce age spots, slowdown intrinsic aging by slowing down cell proliferation and transferring plant dormancy to skin for rejuvenation. IBR-Snowflake boosts the natural skin defense as an antioxidant. This newly discovered peptide will be appearing in Lucrece’s New Stem Cell Line, and Premier Peptide Serum. This new discovery of peptide and stem cells is adding a whole new deminsion to skincare possibilities.

Your skin is the one outfit you will wear your entire life. Besides looking beautiful, if you protect your skin, your skin will protect you.

For answers to all your skincare questions contact Kari Romney at #801-558-4804 or visit

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