Antioxidants are nature’s way of protecting your body against harmful free radicals.  Antioxidants are great for your skin and the more you apply, the better your skin will be! Antioxidants are more important than you think and it can make visible difference in your skin. We all use sunscreen everyday (at least I do!) but is that enough to protect your skin from sun damage and its after effects? Sun damage can make you age faster and also cause skin pigmentation. A sunscreen alone cannot give you complete protection and antioxidant is essential. More on antioxidants>>

 ANTIOXIDANTS TO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINEHere is how you can add antioxidants to your skincare routine for a younger looking skin:

VITAMIN C SERUM

Vitamin C is a well-researched water-soluble vitamin that is considered an anti-aging superstar for all skin types since it a great antioxidant source. Vitamin C protects your skin from sun, pollution and other environmental damage. Regular application of vitamin c also brightens your skin and helps fight wrinkles and keeps you looking young for longer. Vitamin C serum can be used at night only since it is sunlight-labile. Use it before bedtime on your skin and you may top it up with a moisturizer if you like. DIY Vitamin C serum>>

VITAMIN E PRODUCTS

Vitamin E is one of the most well-known antioxidants. It protects the skin from environmental stress and free radicals in the surroundings that keep you from forming wrinkles early.  Vitamin E works as a great antioxidant in a powerful synergy with vitamin C. Lookout for products that contain both vitamin E and vitamin C for added skin benefits.

GREEN TEA TONER

Green tea too is one of the well-known sources for antioxidants and is a potent antioxidant when applied topically. However, not many products containing green tea are available in the market (you may find some great green tea containing products from Innisfree). The compound called as EGCG in green tea provides its antioxidant kick. You may use green tea containing products or simply use freshly brewed green tea as a toner.

RETINOL

Retinol or simply vitamin A is an excellent antioxidant which is effective not only in preventing wrinkles and sagging skin but also is effective against acne. Retinol when used in excess can cause severe dry skin so use it only once before bedtime. It causes cell turn over and works at a genetic level to prevent wrinkles and acne. Lookout for serums that contain retinol or simply use retinol cream at night with doctor’s consent. More on retinol>>

PAPAYA

Papaya is a powerhouse of vitamin C and antioxidants that help strengthen sagging skin and fights the signs of skin aging. It contains essential enzymes, antioxidants and flavonoids that make it a great anti-aging ingredient. Simply mix up 2 tablespoons of papaya pulp and 1 tablespoon of honey and use it as a face mask.