Little do you realize, but there’s a war being waged on your skin. Pollutants. Alcohol. Sun. Lack of sleep. Poor nutrition. The list can go on and on.
Now you can help combat all of those skin-damaging enemies and help enliven your skin the natural way. When it comes to keeping skin looking fresh throughout the years, it’s simple. Generous portions of naturally occurring vitamins and antioxidants help reverse the effects of free radical damage.
Here are 5 of the most powerful vitamins and antioxidants that keep skin healthy.
Vitamin E – This powerful compound is an antioxidant found in foods, vegetables, seeds and meat. Its collagen-boosting properties keep skin looking younger by reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
Lycopene – If you like red fruits and vegetables, you’re getting a healthy dose to protect your skin with each portion. Lycopene improves skin texture by promoting collagen production, while reducing DNA damage known to cause wrinkles.
Green Tea – It tastes good and it’s good for your skin. Green tea is loaded with catechins that clear cell damage and repair wrinkles and blemishes. Even when applied on the skin as an extract, it helps reduce sun damage by reducing inflammation.
Resveratrol – An antioxidant found in nuts, fruits, grapes and red wine, whether applied topically or taken internally, resveratrol protects against sun damage and oxidation.
Grape Seed – Even stronger as an antioxidant than Vitamins C and E, grape seed extract is an active scavenger of free radicals that damage skin. Rich in proanthocyanides, grape seed extract protects skin from sun damage and reduces the effects of aging on the skin.
Besides these powerful antioxidants, drinking lots of fresh water each day, exercising and reducing sun exposure all will help your skin continue to look younger and fresher.