When it comes to skin health, antioxidants are absolutely crucial.
Not fully sure what antioxidants are?
Don’t worry. In this blog, we’re going to go over antioxidants, the different types, their function, and the top three antioxidants for your skin’s health.
We will also let you know how you can get ALL three of these powerful antioxidants in a single dose that is delicious, easy, and most importantly — highly absorbable.
Let’s jump right in…
What are antioxidants?
Before we get into what antioxidants are and what they do, it’s best to understand free radicals.
Okay… what are free radicals?
Free radicals are molecules in the body with an uneven number of electrons. Due to this imbalance, they can easily interact with several other molecules in the body, causing damage and unwanted chemical reactions. This damage is known as oxidative stress.
Free radicals are created by exposure to environmental toxins (especially cigarette smoke), UV rays, alcohol, sugar, processed food, and other unhealthy habits.
But even if you were the healthiest person in the world, your body would still create free radicals as a by-product of metabolism. This is why it’s important to get a lot of antioxidants no matter who you are.
Do free radicals affect the skin?
Very much so. Free radicals can quickly break down collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, resulting in wrinkling, dark spots, fine lines, and loose, saggy skin.
As free radicals seek an electron to even out their imbalance, they can wreak havoc on the cells of your organs, and the skin is certainly no exception. This is why free radicals and the oxidative stress that they cause have been linked to accelerated aging in the skin.
So, how do we stop free radicals?
This is where antioxidants come in…
What are antioxidants?
Okay, for real this time, let’s get into antioxidants!
Antioxidants can come in many different forms, but a substance falls into the definition of an antioxidant so long as it does one thing: neutralize free radicals.
While free radicals go around disrupting cells in their hunt for another electron, antioxidants have the ability to donate an electron to these molecules without becoming a free radical themselves.
This equalizes the free radicals and prevents them from causing further damage.
The most powerful antioxidants include vitamins, polyphenols, and carotenoids. Of course, all of these can have a ton of benefits outside of neutralizing free radicals, but their ability to combat oxidative stress is huge!
Especially for your skin.
Where to get antioxidants?
The best way to get a wide range of antioxidants is by eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables. This way, you can get a nice variety of antioxidants that can work together to manage the free radicals in your body.
The top foods for antioxidants include…
- Dark chocolate
- Goji berries
And while these foods contain a range of antioxidants that can boost the health and appearance of your skin, there are three antioxidants you should focus on for vibrant, youthful skin.
1. Vitamin C
You likely know that vitamin C is excellent for immune support. But were you aware of its effect on skin health?
This essential water-soluble nutrient is known as one of the most powerful antioxidants out there. It’s extremely effective when it comes to donating electrons, and has even been shown to boost other antioxidants, allowing them to be more effective as well.
This, of course, allows vitamin C to offer great relief against oxidative stress on the organs, including the skin.
Outside of its antioxidant abilities, the vitamin plays other roles in bolstering skin health.
It promotes collagen production — Collagen is the glue that holds your cartilage, tendons, bone, muscle, and skin together. It keeps your skin plump and youthful-looking, preventing it from sagging. Collagen can also benefit elasticity and hydration, and may help slow the aging of your skin by reducing wrinkles and dryness.
Helps wounds heal faster — Research has shown that those with higher vitamin C levels often experience quicker healing times for cuts and scrapes.
Lowers risk of dark spots — As we age, we can get dark spots due to overactive pigment cells or overexposure to UV rays. Vitamin C can help reduce the chances of these spots as it manages the production of melanin.
Helps protect against harmful UV rays — It does this by decreasing cell damage and helping the healing process of bodily wounds.
2. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant that can help reduce oxidative stress and slow the aging of your cells.
This fat-soluble nutrient has been used in dermatology for more than fifty years. It’s involved in many treatments and is a key ingredient in numerous skin serums and ointments. Vitamin E is a common treatment given to those looking to reduce scarring after injury or surgery. And for good reason.
Vitamin E plays many roles in keeping your skin at its best.
Helps skin stay smooth and healthy — Vitamin E has been shown to have moisturizing benefits and to strengthen the skin barrier function.
It can protect the skin against harmful UV rays from the sun — Especially when paired with vitamin C, vitamin E has been shown to reduce the level of DNA damage caused by UV rays. Not only that, it can help with regeneration when there is damage.
It promotes a healthy inflammatory response — Due to this, it’s been shown to reduce the chances of skin problems and provide relief against them.
3. Beta Carotene
A powerful antioxidant belonging to the carotenoid family — a class of phytonutrients — beta carotene is responsible for the orange pigment in carrots. But it does far more than just provide some color.
Beta carotene has been shown to support cognitive function and boost the health of the skin in many ways.
It imparts a healthy glow — Because beta carotene can lower the damage caused by environmental factors like UV rays and toxins, it helps keep your skin radiant, smooth, and clear of discoloration.
Reduces sun sensitivity — Studies have found beta carotene to improve the effectiveness of sunscreen. This makes it a great pair for those summer days with high UV indexes. It also helps build up your skin’s resilience on its own!
May provide relief to certain skin conditions — Beta carotene is being studied for its ability to provide relief for those with skin issues, and results have been promising. If you have a skin condition, consult your doctor on whether or not beta carotene could be beneficial for your situation.
Beta carotene has a secret…
Okay, it’s not really a secret. But it’s a HUGE bonus when it comes to skin health…
Your body will take beta carotene and turn it into vitamin A.
This means that it will use some of the beta carotene to synthesize as much vitamin A as your body thinks it needs at that time. And guess what?
Vitamin A is amazing for skin health.
On top of supporting eye health, reproductive health, and the immune system, vitamin A can help the skin in several ways.
Stimulates the production of new skin cells — Vitamin A is known for its ability to stimulate epithelial growth, fibroblasts, granulation tissue, angiogenesis, collagen synthesis, epithelialization, and fibroplasia. What does it all mean? Strong and healthy skin!
Keeps skin moist — Vitamin A is a natural moisturizer, helping hydrate the skin and keep it radiant and smooth. In fact, dry skin can be one of the first signs that your vitamin A levels are low.
Strengthens the skin — By promoting cell production, vitamin A can strengthen the skin. This is a pretty big deal, as the skin is the barrier between the outside world and the inside of your body.
Helps wounds heal — Vitamin A plays an important role in all stages of wound healing. In fact, it is often recommended as a treatment to those looking to speed up the healing process of cuts and scrapes.
What if you could get all three of these together?
Well, right away, you’d be at a huge advantage. Vitamin E and vitamin C have been shown to be more effective at bolstering skin health when paired together!
Then add in the powerhouse of beta carotene (which also provides you with vitamin A)…
And you’ve got yourself the ultimate formula for skin health!
All three of these are available through a healthy diet. But did you know that the recommended daily value (RDI) is only set to the amount needed to avoid deficiency? It’s NOT the amount needed to THRIVE.
On top of that, a report that compared fruit and vegetable nutrient density between 1975 and 1997 found a sharp decrease — including a 30% drop in vitamin C!
Due to soil depletion, we’re losing the vitamins and minerals in our foods. And that report was over 20 years ago… how much has been lost since?
So, should you be taking a supplement tablet of each?
If you want to make sure you’re getting enough, then it’s best to supplement. But if you’re taking generic tablets, capsules, or powders… you may not be any better off.
You see, most supplements aren’t made with absorption in mind. This means they simply pass through your system without ever getting absorbed.
It’s a waste of money and a waste of the time you could have spent supporting your health.
Here at PuraTHRIVE, we’ve found a better way. Not only is our vitamin C all-natural and made with high-quality ingredients…
PuraTHRIVE’s vitamin C is designed to be absorbed.
PuraTHRIVE uses a micelle liposomal formula.
What is that?
Micelles and liposomes are lipids (fatty cells) that are natural to your body. We wrap our nutrients in these micelles, then further encapsulate them into liposomes.
The liposomes protect the nutrient through the harsh stomach acid and digestive tract, delivering it safely to the gut before it breaks down, leaving just the micelle-wrapped nutrient.
From there, the micelles cling to the gut wall and allow the nutrient to be absorbed into the bloodstream before also breaking down.
This process has been shown to greatly increase bioavailability, with studies showing absorption rates much higher than that of generic supplements.
So if you could get all three of these antioxidants in this highly absorbable form, think of the difference it could make…
We have good news…
PuraTHRIVE’s Micelle Liposomal Radiant C includes not just a great dose of vitamin C, but also vitamin E and beta carotene (which converts to vitamin A).
In our vitamin C formula, we use beta carotene for coloring AND its amazing benefits to your health.
Every ingredient in our vitamin C serves a purpose. It has no additives, no soy, no corn, no gluten, no GMOs, and is vegan-friendly.
When your nutrients are coming in a form that your body can actually absorb…
You can notice the difference.
Why not see this difference for yourself? We’re so confident in our vitamin C, we’ll give you 180-days to notice the difference or your money back!