Summer is here, and while most people wouldn’t leave for the beach, pool, or the backyard without sunscreen, many don’t know that sunscreen has a powerful counterpart in battling damage from the sun: antioxidants.
We most often hear about how eating antioxidants improves our overall health and nutrition, but antioxidants are an essential ingredient for skin health too and eating them isn’t always enough. Here’s why.
The radiation from the sun creates what are called “free radicals” in your body’s skin cells. Free radicals are chemicals that have the potential to harm cells, and when your skin cells are damaged, it shows in effects like wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, among other things. In fact, the National Center for Biotechnology Information reports that up to 90 percent of cosmetic skin problems associated with aging are mostly associated with sun damage, not the normal aging process. Fortunately, nature gave us tools for fighting the damage that free radicals can cause in the form of antioxidants.
Antioxidants are chemicals that interact with and neutralize free radicals, preventing them from causing damage. Our bodies make them, but antioxidants are also found in plants, giving us an extra arsenal in the fight against sun damage. One of the most powerful antioxidant ingredients is Vitamin C. Not all Vitamin C products are viable. Here’s why.
Vitamin C is one of the most potent antioxidants that can be used topically in dermatology to treat and prevent changes associated with photoaging and hyperpigmentation. However, Vitamin C in optimum dosage is extremely unstable and difficult to deliver into the dermis. Therefore, most Vitamin C products on the market will simply oxidize on the surface of your skin and will not be effective in combating free radical damage.
At Beauty Bar Medispa we only carry stable Vitamin C skincare products with patented delivery systems in the optimal dosage to ensure you receive all the antioxidant protection you need to combat free radical damage and photoaging. Contact us for a complimentary skincare consultation and to help you select which Vitamin C is best for your skin type!
Cindy DiCesare, L.E. – Beauty Bar Medispa