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How To Use Antioxidants To Keep Your Skin Healthy

Antioxidants Free Radicals Skin Care Tips

In order for the skin to function properly, there must be a balance between free radicals and antioxidants.   The steps you take to reduce or prevent free radical production can slow down aging and have a positive impact on one’s life span and skin health.

How To Use Antioxidants To Keep Your Skin Healthy


Free radicals are major contributors to the aging process. Their negative effect on skin cells, causes damage to skin cell’s proteins, lipids and DNA as a result,  increasing the risk of diseases.  This damage done to the body accumulates as we age.  

Your skin’s health is affected by both internal nutrients as well as topical applications of antioxidant ingredients; when they, topicals are applied in concentrated percentages.  Research has shown the damage done by free radicals can be controlled with a diet containing the correct nutrients.

The nutrients you feed your body internally feeds the dermis.  The dermis is the lower layer of skin which eventually becomes the epidermis, the outer layer of skin, the part you see.  

You can make visible changes to the skin with a good antioxidant defense 

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Antioxidants prevent and protect your cells against the effect of free radical damage.

Your skin has natural antioxidant capacity to reduce the potential damage caused by free radicals. 

Unfortunately this natural ability can be significantly reduced by constantly being exposed ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Skin aging

As we age, the skin’s response to environmental assault is reduced., the proficiency of antioxidants to defend the skin against free radical damage caused by repeated ultraviolet (UV) exposures is weakened.

The accumulative negative effects on the skin cannot be undone, all though the effects on skin appearance can be temporarily improved. 

According to  Linus Pauling Institute, skin’s appearance can changed by nutritional topical applications.   Regular applications of topical antioxidants can be beneficial in preparing our skin against environmental assault.  In addition, the loss of  antioxidant capacity in the skin can be counteracted by topical antioxidant synergy  treatments to the skin.

Preventive Antioxidants 

Protects skin from oxidative stress damage. Oxidative stress in skin plays a key role in the aging process. 

  • Glutathione peroxidase   
  • Glutathione-s-transferase

    Food source for nutrients

    Avocado, Asparagus, Broccoli, Garlic, Spinach, Tomatoes, Fruits, Turmeric, Vegetables, Proteins 

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    Scavenger Antioxidants

    Antioxidants that scavenge the active free radicals to suppress chain initiation and/or break the chain propagation reactions.

    Research suggests that free radical damage to cells leads to the major changes associated with aging.

    • Vitamin C
    • Vitamin E

    Food source for nutrients

    • Fruits
    • Broccoli
    • Brussels sprouts and cauliflower
    • Green and red peppers
    • Spinach, cabbage, turnip greens, and other leafy greens
    • Sweet and white potatoes
    • Tomatoes and tomato juice
    • Winter squash.

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    Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant to help repair UVA & UVB ultraviolet rays damage.

    Solar rays

    When our skin becomes damaged by UVA & UVB rays from that big yellow ball in the sky, called, the sun.  All sorts of bad things all starts to happen to our skin. 

    Some people will react quickly to the UVB rays with a sunburn.  But what about the UVA rays?  While everyone tries to avoid a sunburn, the UVA rays are causing long--term damage to skin cells.

    The skin's collagen and elastin fiber cells become weakened  These weakened cells lay deep within the dermis waiting for their turn to come to the surface.  These weaken cell have less collagen and elastic display themselves externally as lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.  

     Food source for nutrients

    Lycopene is part of the carotenoid family.  A free radical-fighting and protective antioxidant with anti-cancer properties.  Unlike other carotene, Lycopene does not have any vitamin A activity.  Lycopene is the bright red carotene and carotenoid pigment found in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables, like red carrots, watermelons and papayas. 

    Sorry ,strawberries and cherry lovers, no such luck.  

    Lycopene is not a sunscreen, but it does protect the skin against UV environment damage by increasing the skin’s defense.


    How does Lycopene help reduce damage to the cells?

    It inhibits the development a destructive enzyme called collagenase.  The collagenase enzyme goes travels through the body destroying collagen fibers, resulting in a gradual loss of  skin’s natural firmness and possibly, appearance of age-spots and wrinkles.

    In addition, Lycopene works as a preventive agent.   Lycopene offers protection to the cellular DNA by blocking the premature aging activity that occurs within the cell after a sunburn has occurred.  It also reduces the skin’s inflammatory reaction to UVB rays. 

    Another thing about Lycopene.

    It’s a Good Communicator.

      lycopene communicator

    Your skin cells have a communicating network through your body.  This network tells each cell its job, its function and when it should renew itself.  You get the picture.  This communication system is very much like our internet.  Imagine what would happen if the internet did not function properly. 

    Lycopene has the capability to improve  intracellular connectivity between cells.  Why is this important?  The  intercellular communication between your cells helps maintain your skin's texture and is necessary to keeping it healthy.

    Research studies have proven that topical applications of lycopene has a positive effect on skin. 

    Foods vs Supplements-

    Food vs supplements

    Taking Lycopene extract supplements are not recommended because they may not supply the other phytochemicals you get from tomatoes.  The phytochemicals are needed to provide optimum protection from cancer.  To get the full benefits Lycopene provides, it’s best to eat your fruits and vegetables. 

    Scientific studies show that lycopene in tomatoes and tomato by-products help  prevents some cancers.  Dietary sources of lycopene are tomatoes, tomato-based sauces, juices, and ketchup.  See list below



    Lycopene Food Source



    Product Serving Size Lycopene

    Tomato juice 250 mL (1 cup) 25.0

    Tomato ketchup 15 mL (1 tbsp) 2.7

    Spaghetti sauce 125 mL (1/2 cup) 28.1

    Tomato paste 30 mL (2 tbsp) 13.8

    Tomato soup (condensed) 250 mL prepared 9.7

    Tomato sauce 60 mL (1/4 cup) 8.9

    Chili sauce 30 mL (2 tbsp) 6.7

    Cocktail sauce 30 mL (2 tbsp) 5.9

    Watermelon 368 g
    (1 slice: 25 x 2 cm) 14.7

    Pink grapefruit 123 g (1/2) 4.9

    Raw tomato 123 g (1 medium) 3.7

    To receive the maximum benefits from lycopene, food sources are not enough.

    Lycopene  -   A Powerful Antioxidant & Free Radical Fighter

    When it comes to your skin, foods may not deliver sufficient lycopene to your skin.  After lycopene is digested, eventually it is released into your lymphatic system and circulated throughout your body.

    The skin, which protects our organs from environmental assault, gets the leftover nutrients supplied by the foods we eat.  Your fat-rich organs, such as the adrenal glands, colon and liver are fed first and only a small amount of nutrients actually reach your skin.

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    Topical application of lycopene can be a useful way to replace antioxidants in skin that has been reduced by UV radiation, with additional protection against premature aging and cancer.  Because of the nature of the skin, Lycopene’s potent anti-aging benefits are easily absorbed when applied topically in a cream or lotion. 

    Hippocrates quote

    Numerous Studies are being conducted to show the association between diet and disease.   According to Medicine National Institutes of Health, individuals can modify their dietary habits and lifestyle in combination with a careful use of skin care products to prevent UVB-mediated skin damage.



    Polyphenols repair UV-induced DNA damage, they act as protective agents against the adverse effects of UV harmful rays.  They're found in naturally in plant products like fruits, vegetables, dry legumes as well as some beverages.

     Food Sources

    • Green tea
    • Pomegranate fruit extract,
    • Grape seed,
    • Resveratrol, 
    • Dark Chocolate (You now have a great reason to eat more dark chocolate.  Enjoy!)
    • Coffee
    • Spices 

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