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August 05, 2021
You’ve probably heard that you need to have antioxidants in your skincare routine. And maybe you’ve been a little confused about what “antioxidants” really are and what ingredients are best. I know I was at first!
So do you really need antioxidants in your skincare routine?? Spoiler alert… you need them if you want brighter, healthier, glowing skin!
Antioxidants are holy grails in skincare to brighten and even skin tone, promote a healthy microbiome (skin barrier), prevent and protect from uv damage, fight free radicals, lessen and reverse premature aging, and even help soften fine lines. They're a must have in everyone's skincare routine.
Even though less is more when it comes to the amount of products you use in your routine. The more is better when it comes to antioxidant because they're super stars at working together. Don't worry, I pack them into all the Me Time products..that's why they are multi-tasking. (more on that later)
Let’s take it back to chemistry class for a moment! Shells surround the atoms in our bodies with a set number of electrons. These electrons like to exist in pairs! However, if the outer shell of an atom is missing an electron, it becomes an unstable free radical.
The unstable atom wants to find an electron to complete its outer shell; SO it tries to “steal” an electron from another atom. Now that atom is unstable and after an electron too. Bullies!
This chain reaction is called oxidative stress. When oxidative stress is out of control combined with inflammation, ramped up aging occurs. That's why stress ages you. No thanks!
Free radicals and oxidative stress damages healthy skin. More specifically, oxidative stress can lead to premature aging. Why? Because free radicals break down collagen, leading to fine lines, wrinkles, and sunspots. But don't worry, when you're adding antioxidant rich skincare like a vitamin C facial mist and a targeted antioxidant serum (think Glow Getter) you're covered.
But a holistic approach is vital. Think a healthy diet, reduce stress, get enough sleep, and a good skincare routine if you want to keep your skin and overall well being healthy and thriving.
This is also where antioxidants come in! Adding antioxidants to our skincare routines and our diet is one of the best ways to protect ourselves from free radical damage.
You can think of antioxidants like Vitamin A, C, B, and E as the superheroes of the skincare world!! Together they repair damaged cells, brighten skin, boost and support collagen production, reduce visible signs of aging like dull skin, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation.
Antioxidants work by donating their electrons to stabilize free radicals. Phew!
Antioxidants are a must for every skin type because they protect us from free radical damage caused by air pollution or UV rays, and honestly a poor lifestyle. Let's be honest, we're not always eating salads and slathering on sunscreen.
This is why I formulate each product in the Me Time Botanicals range to include antioxidant rich plant-based ingredients so don't have to worry if you're using the right antioxidants.
You'll find them in Glow Getter, Phyto Tonic, Berry Bright, Clay Play, and RevitalEyezing
Remember, antioxidants work better together?!
You'll find them in Glow Getter, Clean Slate, and Nourish Me
Hot tip: Antioxidants are a great partner to sunscreen! They’re an excellent team for fighting some of the damage effects of overexposure to UV rays.
No wonder these are your Holy Grail's to keep your skin glowing and looking more youthful.
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