Antioxidants Explained

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Antioxidant: A substance that is found in certain food or skincare, that prevent or reduce damage to our cells. Examples of antioxidants are Vitamins A, C, and E, Polyphenols and Niacinamide (aka Vitamin B3).

To properly explain what antioxidants are and what they do, we have to understand free radicals. Our bodies are composed of cells, which are made up of molecules. Sometimes, molecules lose electrons (which come in pairs), and this results in the molecule being unstable and causing damage to our skin and bodies as they search for another electron.

Essentially, a molecule becomes a ‘free radical’ when it loses an electron. As this free radical goes around the body in search to be whole again, it turns to attack healthy cells, which consequently results in more free radicals.

This process, when there are too many free radicals and not enough antioxidants, then causes oxidative stress, which can weaken other cells and cause further damage to skin and body.

This is where antioxidants can help. Antioxidants are substances that prevent oxidation by providing extra electrons to free radicals and neutralising them. For an example of antioxidants in action, picture an avocado that has been cut and left open on a counter. The avocado goes brown as a result of oxidation, but this browning can be reduced by putting on some lemon juice which is a great source of Vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant).

As with the avocado and lemon juice, antioxidants can reduce damage caused to our cells and prevent signs of premature ageing. Simply incorporating a product to your skincare regime like a facial cleanser with antioxidant-rich ingredients could do wonders in preventing the effects of excess free radicals.

Benefits of Antioxidants to your skin include:

  • Preventing premature ageing
  • Prevent sunburn and other inflammation
  • Help skin repair
  • Brighten skin tone
  • Firm skin

Some natural ingredients with antioxidant properties you can look for:

  • Acai
  • Argan oil
  • Cacao
  • Coconut oil
  • Grape seed oil
  • Green Tea
  • Kakadu plum
  • Lavender oil
  • Oranges/lemons
  • Rosehip oil
  • Shea butter

Our favourite products with natural, antioxidant-rich ingredients:

  • Cleanser: We love using this Cleanser morning and night for its abundant blend of vitamin-rich and radiance enhancing ingredients like Shea Butter, Orange Peel + Lime Oil, and Ylang Ylang Flower Oil. Plus, the inclusion of AHA Lactic Acid assists in reducing breakouts and signs of ageing. Massage this all over damp face and rinse thoroughly. Don’t forget to double cleanse when necessary!
  • Moisturiser: Formulated with a combination of active ingredients including Rosehip Oil (Vitamins A, C, E), Dilo Oil for protection against premature ageing, and Kakadu Plum as a natural acne fighter. For best use, prep your skin with a cleanser and exfoliator, and massage moisturiser on smooth, clean skin. This staple is light enough for use during the day, and nourishing enough for use at night.
  • Coconut Lime Body Butter: In addition to using our signature ingredient Coconut Oil for its plethora of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, the Coconut Lime Body Butter is a delicious blend of Shea butter and Sunflower Seed Oil. Shea butter offers levels of Vitamin A + E and Polyphenols, while Sunflower Seed Oil is extremely high in vitamin E. Best used during morning or night on clean skin after showering, this smooth butter nourishes the skin while locking in hydration.

Are you a spa and interested in incorporating more nourishing products in your offerings? Contact us today!

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