Why it’s important to include antioxidants in your skincare routine
For a long time now, we know that one of the major reasons why our skin deteriorates so fast is because of the presence of ‘free radicals’.
Free radicals are highly unstable molecules that extract electrons from our skin cells in a bid to stabilise themselves. It is naturally occurring – our own body produces free radicals as part of natural ageing. However, it compromises our skin cell structure and DNA, weakening its elasticity and ability to repair.
The good news is that our body naturally produces antioxidants to battle these radicals. All is fine and balanced.
But wait, there’s more.
Oxidative Stress and Its Harmful effects
Unfortunately for us, free radicals are abundant in the environment we live in – from the hot and unforgiving sun to pollution and vehicular smoke. Our own hectic lifestyles and modern eating habits (cue alcohol and sugar intake) can also make our body produce more radicals than we like. We are dealing with an excessive amount of free radicals in our system.
This is when oxidative stress come into play. Oxidative stress happens when there is an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the body’s ability to produce enough antioxidants to fight it off. What’s worse is that our own body decreases its production of antioxidants from the age 30 onwards. Yikes!
It is no wonder that many of us find our skin falling prey to premature spotting, wrinkles, sagging as well as uneven and dull skin tone.
In summary: Free radicals > Antioxidants = Oxidative stress
Introducing Antioxidants in Your Lifestyle
So yes, the effects of oxidative stress are terrible. There is no reversing, but there are ways we can slow down the ageing process.
Luckily, there are only 2 things you need to focus on when introducing antioxidants in your life: skincare routine and diet.
Invest in products that are rich in antioxidants and be sure to use them in your daily routine. Your 3-step routine should consist of cleansers, toners and moisturisers that are antioxidant and hydrating. Look out for products that are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Niacinamide - just to name a few.
Huxley’s range of skincare products is ideal because of its rich antioxidant properties. The signature Saharan Prickly Pear Cactus seed oil is the key ingredient in all its products. Prickly Pear oil contains the highest amount of Vitamin E of any other beauty oil in the market, and is packed with Vitamin K, Omega 6 and 9 as well as polyphenols.
You may also want to look at step 2: toning – the most underrated step in skincare.
After the skin is washed, the skin is most vulnerable and requires care before introducing serums. Toner ; Extract It is a great companion to your skincare routine. In addition to cactus extract, it contains extracts from flowers to deliver freshness to the skin. Provence Rose extract helps to minimise pores and sooth irritation, while Crepe Myrtle extract improves skin texture.
Now once the skin is prepped, you can feel confident that the serums you apply will be effectively absorbed.
The Oil Essence ; Essence-like, Oil-like is a key component to your antioxidant routine. It packs a variety of powerful and natural antioxidant ingredients. Our users rave about this product because it truly helps them in reducing dark spots, keeps the skin feeling supple, fresh and hydrated as well as energised. It also feels great to the skin (no sticky or oily residue), which is perfect in our humid weather. There is little wonder why it has won the hearts of many!
Last but certainly not least, ensure to seal those nutrients in with the Cream ; Anti Gravity, a butter-like texture moisturising cream, at the end of your routine. And you are set to go.
Be sure to include food rich in antioxidants into your diet. Fruits such as blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are not only a refreshing treat, but have great antioxidative properties. Kale is not only a trend but an actual superfood.
Then there’s the sugar and alcohol. While they are great for celebrations, we may want to cut back on these treats if we want to slow down oxidation of our skin cells. Choose healthier options (dark chocolate is low in sugar and high in antioxidants) and drink more plain water. This can help you boost your internal antioxidant count.
And as always, it is also important to have enough exercise and rest throughout the day. With proper health, nutrition, and skincare habits, we can slow down the effects of oxidative stress.