Skip to main content

What are Antioxidants and How Can They Help Your Skin?

Oxidation is the action of consuming oxygen molecules for fuel. It’s the chemical process behind fire, rust, and even the living cells of your body. Your cells have their own metabolism. They breathe and react when affected by outside forces. Where your skin is concerned, these forces include exposure to the sun and other elements, skin cancers, and the passage of time. 

As oxidation progresses in your skin, reactive by-products called free radicals form, as well as arriving by way of environmental pollutants. When you’re young, your body neutralizes free radicals, but as you get older, your skin needs help to remain ahead of the deleterious effects of these aggressive cell breakers. You can counteract the surplus of free radicals with antioxidants to slow the effects of oxidation on your appearance. 

Board-certified dermatologist Jennifer Baron, MD has the expertise to analyze your skin and suggest the best skin care regimen to counter the effects of free radicals and other signs of aging. As a skin care expert, Dr. Baron formulates her own jbSKIN line of products as well as choosing the best professional grade cleansers and sunscreens to augment your needs. 

What are antioxidants?

Nature’s antioxidants are vitamins and minerals that are already part of your diet, including vitamins A, C, and E. These substances neutralize the actions of free radicals, which bind with collagen in your skin, breaking down its structure and reducing elasticity. In essence, antioxidants douse free radicals the way a bucket of water drowns a campfire. 

Your body makes antioxidants from the nutrients in your diet, working from the inside to slow the free radical attack, but perhaps the best way to help your skin is the topical use of products that puts antioxidants right where they’re needed. Depending on the specific antioxidant mixture, you can often select the benefits your skin most needs. 

Commonly used antioxidants

Many skin care products feature antioxidants in their formulations, but there’s no standard or requirement. You’ll need to recognize the common antioxidant compounds to ensure you’re choosing a product that can produce the results you’re after. Common antioxidants include: 

Along with vitamins C and E, over-the-counter products with one or more of these ingredients should offer some level of antioxidant protection. 

Benefits of topical antioxidants

A benefit of many skin care products is that they offer more than one benefit, such as adding antioxidant protection to a moisturizer. Three benefits that antioxidants provide include: 

Matching the right product to your skin conditions is as easy as a visit to Jennifer Baron, MD. Contact Dr. Baron’s office by phone or online to schedule your personal skin care consultation today. 

You Might Also Enjoy...

5 Steps to Prepare for Mohs Surgery

While a cancer diagnosis is always frightening, skin cancer is both the most common and one of the most survivable forms of the disease. Mohs surgery is perhaps the most successful treatment available for skin cancer.
Refresh Your Eyes in the New Year with Blepharoplasty

Refresh Your Eyes in the New Year with Blepharoplasty

If your eyes are truly the windows to your soul, then eyelids that succumb to the effects of aging may be giving others the wrong impression. The eyelid tuck is the most popular facial surgery, an office procedure with a fast recovery time. 

Can I Get Fuller Hair Without a Transplant?

Hair loss can be a devastating condition brought on by genetics or in response to medical conditions. Some types of hair loss respond well to treatments using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. It could be your way back to a fuller head of hair.
3 Popular Medical Uses for Botox®

3 Popular Medical Uses for Botox®

Botox® Cosmetic is the medical aesthetic sensation of the century. Reducing the appearance of certain lines and wrinkles is, though, only one of the many uses of this revolutionary medicine. Let’s look at 3 popular medical uses for Botox. 
4 Tips for Making Sure You Get Natural Filler Results

4 Tips for Making Sure You Get Natural Filler Results

When it comes to smoothing out the lines and folds that develop as your skin gets older, dermal fillers are a powerful tool that use moisture-attracting substances found in your body to produce natural, seamless results.
What's Involved in a Photofacial?

What's Involved in a Photofacial?

Light is both the friend and enemy of your skin’s health. Not enough sunlight and your body lacks vitamin D. Too much sunlight can mottle your skin’s appearance and worse. Consider a photofacial to smooth sun-damaged skin tone.