Antioxidant is the general term for a large group of both natural and synthetic elements that work for the reduction of free-radical damage, as well as stress on the skin as a result of environmental factors.

Vegetables and fruits are rich in antioxidants.

Scientific research studies have found that antioxidants serve as a potential panacea for skin problems. It is therefore important not to overlook their benefits while shopping for your next anti-wrinkle, anti-aging or skin treatment moisturizer. 

Antioxidants are important because of their seeming ability to prevent or reduce the amount of oxidative damage that tends to lead to skin structure and function destruction or depletion. In this way, they are able to prevent certain degenerative effects in skin that occur as a result of exposure to the sun. Antioxidants are today also vital for research into the origins of aging, wrinkles, cancer, disease and illness.

Skin care products generally contain large amounts of antioxidants of different types which work well together. These may include alpha lipoic acid, beta-glucan, coenzyme Q10, curcurmin, grape seed extract, green tea, pomegranate, soybean sterols, superoxide dismutase, turmeric, vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate and magnesium ascorbyl palmitate), and vitamin E (alpha tocopherol, tocotrienols).

While antioxidants possess a great ability for intercepting and mitigating free-radical damage, they do have a weakness. Antioxidants tend to deteriorate due to repeated exposure to sunlight and oxygen. It is for this reason that skin care experts recommend moisturizers with antioxidants that are packed in opaque bottles or tubes. Moreover, the opening of the container should be small so as to minimize exposure of the contents to air.

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