You may have heard of antioxidants and free radicals, but do you have any idea what they mean, what they are, or how they affect our skin, or why they are being touted as a miracle drug in anti aging and anti wrinkle creams? Well, it takes a basic understanding in the aging and wrinkling process, to understand how antioxidants or free radicals affect the skin.
The idea starts at the breakdown of the skin cells, as part of the aging process, damage to skin by the elements or external factors, like smoking, which can strike at the DNA of cells. Skin cells store Vitamin A, as well as Vitamins C and Vitamin E, so when everything is in perfect balance, these vitamins are present in the skin cells and maintain the skin’s youthful appearance.
Oxidants are basically toxins or free radicals, so to fight these oxidants it makes sense to consume as many antioxidants as you can. This will help maintain that healthy vitamin balance, fighting dead, dry cells that manifest in the form of older or wrinkled skin.
In the anti-ageng cream circles they believe in a topical application of anti-oxidants, often used as a green tea extract. It has been discussed that in drinking green tea and black tea, a person can take in 10 times the anti-oxidants that can be found by eating fruit and vegetables. This has been shown when taken internally, but, by applying topically, it will probably have an affect on the skin cells that are on the surface or have absorbed these anti-oxidants.
It’s considered that the best way to combat oxidants and free radicals is by consuming a lot of tea, especially green and black tea. Many people consume up to 10 cups per day, to combat the toxins that are detrimental to skin cells, not only from aging or wrinkling, but cancer cell attacks. Scientists have shown that green and black teas have more anti-oxidants, than oolong tea, citing skin youthfulness found in countries like Japan and China that drink a lot of tea.
In the case of anti aging creams, green tea extract additives have latched onto this same principle, but results are unknown as far as a topical use. As the premise of antioxidants fighting vitamin loss through internal toxins or free radicals being attacked is more of an internal process, but it is possible some benefit can be gained through external application. This is thought to be the case at least on a short term basis, until those cells die and are replaced by new ones.
Perhaps using these types of antioxidants as a cure or a method of prevention to aging and wrinkling could be an internal process and nutritionist advise regular consumption of green tea or black tea can have great benefits. There is ten times the antioxidants in these tea varieties than found in measures of fruits and vegetables. Topical application has obvious short-term benefits, but it’s still too early to see long-term results.
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