Antioxidants are molecules that protect the body from free radicals by neutralising them before they can cause substantial cell damage. Modern research has focused heavily on the benefits of antioxidants for skin health. However, this is something that has long been practised through the ancient philosophy of Ayurveda.
Enjoying a diet rich in fresh, whole foods and ancient ingredients like Indian Gooseberry is an ideal way to follow the Ayurvedic principle of healthy skin from within.
The following are some key antioxidants, and our products that contain them, and how they can be used to improve your skin:
Green tea is a powerful antioxidant due to its concentration of polyphenols, which lend a pink radiance to the skin. To help bring a glow to your skin try our zaakti Purifying Tonic.
As green tea flushes out toxins while having an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect on the skin, it is ideal for improving problematic skin conditions. For these benefits, try the vimala Gentle Cleanser.
Co-enzyme Q10 is a compound synthesised within every living body cell, but quantities of it decrease with age. It produces energy at a cellular level, therefore topical use of cosmeceuticals containing co-enzyme Q10 can boost synthesis to assist with the effects of aging. Try samskrta Skin Polish for mild exfoliation to clear and refresh the skin with the benefits of Q10.
Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in rich concentrations in the skin of grapes. It is a free radical scavenger, protecting the skin from cell death. It is an effective anti-inflammatory so is beneficial for sensitive or acne-prone skin. Shaanta Intensive Moisture features resveratrol for intense hydration and skin protection from aging.
Vitamin C promotes collagen production for supple skin, to prevent the onset of aging. For the anti-aging benefits of vitamin C, try the codayati renewal system. The body doesn’t synthesise Vitamin C, so it’s important to supplement the diet and apply topically.
Citrus fruits and parsley are great food sources of Vitamin C. Indiraa Age Recharge Serum and Moisturiser uses Vitamin C to brighten the skin and improve elasticity.
Indian Gooseberry, or amla, is a revered herb in Ayurveda because of its potent antioxidant properties. Indian Gooseberry provides powerful neutralisation of free radicals to protect the skin from the aging effects of environmental pollution and UVB radiation from exposure to the sun. It also has antibacterial and antimicrobial capabilities to ward off pathogens.
As well as consuming Indian Gooseberry in herbal form, try shaanta Intensive Moisture for direct application to the skin, leaving it hydrated and energised.
In Ayurveda, Vitamin E is referred to as the ‘anti-aging antioxidant’. It produces cellular repair in the event of free radical damage. Spinach, broccoli, and almonds have significant levels of vitamin E. Also try the rasadana hydrating mask for overnight replenishment and zithila multi oil for youthful suppleness of the face and body.
Vedic texts advocate the pomegranate as a symbol of fertility and prosperity. Ellagic acid and punicalagins are the prominent sources of antioxidant, anti-bacterial, and astringent benefits in pomegranates. Pomegranate oil is an effective skin treatment with soothing and clearing results. Try zithila Multi Oil for a boost to drying, sensitive or aging skin.
Visit https://www.awecosmeceuticals.com.au/ to find out more about the benefits of antioxidant-rich skin care.