We have all heard about antioxidants and are happy to see them on our skincare labels, but do you know what they are or how they work?

We’re here to give you a refresher on antioxidants and teach you how to incorporate them – both on your skin and on your plate to help you become the healthiest version of yourself.

What are antioxidants? 

In simplest form, antioxidants are compounds that work to prevent or delay some types of cell damage, caused from harmful molecules called radicals. Without antioxidants, these radicals accumulate and cause oxidative stress, which is linked to health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Think of an apple turning brown – this is the oxidation process by free radicals.

What does this mean for your skin?

Free radicals cause damage to your skin’s DNA and breaks down your skin’s collagen – creating blemishes, wrinkles, dark spots, lines and more. And while these radicals are naturally produced in your skin, exposure to UV rays, pollution, dust, cleaners, cigarette smoke, and other chemicals can increase the amount as well.

How antioxidants help:

Antioxidants act as natural defenders of your body. When you have enough antioxidants in your body, they can work to neutralize the free radicals, almost like an off-switch. In your skin, they specifically help with anti-aging, preventing sun damage, renewing your skin cells, and help brighten your skin tone.

Best antioxidants to eat:

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Pecans
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Artichokes
  • Goji Berries
  • Raspberries
  • Kale
  • Beats
  • Spinach

Best antioxidants for your skin:

While most of our online store products are full of antioxidants, here’s some of our favorites:

  • Laurel Antioxidant Serum
  • Laurel Unburden Serum
  • Josh Hydration Boost Concentrate ( no oils in formula – great for all skin types)
  • Josh Day Cream with SPF (tinted or non-tinted)
  • Truth Systems Vital C Balm or Serum
  • Blissoma Sensitive Care Complex