what else can you use to prevent sun damage and keep your skin healthy?
Load it with antioxidants!
Of course, you should do this by eating tons of fresh fruits and veggies that span the rainbow of colors. But, you can also fool mother nature by applying professional-grade antioxidant products directly to your skin. Yes, they get in and they work, giving you even higher skin levels of antioxidant goodness. Antioxidants work magic because they block damaging free radical reactions caused by sun and other skin stressors. It’s these free radical reactions that cause skin cancer, wrinkles, and premature skin aging.
I recommend that you use topical antioxidants during the summer to block free radicals and keep your skin healthy and attractive.
But, what antioxidants work the best to protect your skin?
The three best antioxidants with scientific evidence for their effectiveness in skin care are green tea, vitamin C and vitamin A. You can focus on using just one in a highly active professional level product. You can also get additive benefit by using two or even all three.
First, when picking antioxidant skin care products, you must know the four key points that determine whether they will work (and therefore be worth your money and time):
- These antioxidants must be present in high concentration in your product.
- Vitamin C, in particular, must be protected from breakdown by the product formula and must also be dispensed in an airtight container.
- Green tea antioxidants when combined with caffeine work even better to stop the damage from sun exposure.
- Vitamin A must be in retinol form or the prescription tretinoin or tazarotene form.
What is the best way to add antioxidant facial skin care products to your skin care routine?
If you were to pick just one antioxidant skin care product, choose one of these:
Retinol Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream: apply at night before bed.
Vitamin C Professional Treatment Serum: apply during the day under your sunscreen. Wash your face, apply the Vitamin C serum, wait a minute or so for the product to dry, then follow up with moisturizer (if needed) and sunscreen. Makeup goes on top.
Green Tea Antioxidant Therapy: apply morning and night under your sunscreen and moisturizer. Wash your face, apply the Green Tea Therapy, wait a minute or so for the product to dry, then follow up with moisturizer (if needed) and sunscreen. Makeup goes on top.
If you want to maximize antioxidant facial skin care products benefits, try this:
In the morning combine the green tea and vitamin C products as follows:
Step 1. Wash your face.
Step 2. Apply the Green Tea Therapy and allow the product to dry for a minute or so. Follow up with an application of the Vitamin C Serum and again allow a minute or so for the product to dry.
Step 3. Apply moisturizer, if needed, followed by sunscreen. Apply makeup if desired.
Step 1. Wash your face.
Step 2. Apply the Retinol Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Cream and wait a minute or so for the product to dry.
Step 3. Apply moisturizer if/where your skin is drier.
You can see that it’s really easy to layer powerful antioxidant products. The combination of active ingredients will maximize the fight against free radical damage that can lead to skin cancer. It also will help fight against the cascade of biochemical events in the skin that lead to collagen loss and wrinkles over time. By applying the right antioxidant products to your skin you will load your skin with higher antioxidant levels than are possible with a healthy diet alone. The combination is brilliant!
One last point for you if you wear makeup: use mineral makeup in the summer. The mineral particles add an additional layer of protection to block UV rays entering your skin. I like dusting powders applied on top of sunscreen. Use a fine-grade powder for a flawless and natural finish. To see the mineral makeup I use and love click here.
Facial Skin Care Products References:
Green Tea Polyphenol Treatment to Human Skin Prevents Formation of Ultraviolet Light B-induced Pyrimidine
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Topical applications of caffeine or ()-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) inhibit carcinogenesis and selectively increase
apoptosis in UVB-induced skin tumors in mice. Yao-Ping Lu, You-Rong Lou, Jian-Guo Xie, Qing-Yun Peng, Jie Liao, Chung S. Yang, Mou-Tuan Huang, and Allan H. Conney*. PNAS September 17, 2002 vol. 99 no. 19 12455–12460
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Caffeine and caffeine sodium benzoate have a sunscreen effect, enhance UVB-induced apoptosis, and inhibit UVB-induced skin carcinogenesis in SKH-1 mice. Lu YP1, Lou YR, Xie JG, Peng QY, Zhou S, Lin Y, Shih WJ, Conney AH. Carcinogenesis. 2007 Jan;28(1):199-206. Epub 2006 Jul 24.
Caffeine decreases phospho-Chk1 (Ser317) and increases mitotic cells with cyclin B1 and caspase 3 in tumors from UVB-treated mice. Lu YP1, Lou YR, Peng QY, Nghiem P, Conney AH. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2011 Jul;4(7):1118-25
Green tea prevents non-melanoma skin cancer by enhancing DNA repair. Katayar SK, Arch Biochem Biophys. 2011 Apr 15;508(2):152-8.
Topical Vitamin C: A Useful Agent for Treating Photoaging and Other Dermatologic Conditions. Farris PK. Dermatol Surg 2005;31:814–818.
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