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Antioxidants 101

Today, it’s not just the organic skin care community that loves antioxidants. Knowledge of their power has spread far and wide and now everyone is getting in on the ‘secret’.

Here at Bloom Organics Day Spa we have always loved antioxidants and we’ll explain why; but first, a little background…

What are Antioxidants?

They are a range of substances that help or prevent cell damage caused by oxidation.

How do they Work?

This is the only technical bit-I promise!

But, it is important to firstly understand the process of oxidation. Oxidation occurs throughout nature. We see it in rusting iron and the browning flesh of an avocado or banana. At its most basic level, oxidation is the loss of electrons – when an atom or compound loses one or more electrons. So, put simply, oxygen ‘steals’ electrons and that is why an avocado turns brown and iron rusts.

In the case of our skin, the oxidation process is caused by the creation of free radicals at the cellular level when skin is exposed to ultraviolet light. Antioxidants reduce oxidative stress by neutralizing the free radicals‘ unstable atoms that have an unpaired electron in their outermost shell. The antioxidants connect with the unstable electron and so stop it from attacking collagen strands and other skin cells.

So antioxidants not only help reduce wrinkles and other signs-of-aging, but also reduce inflammation which can also be part of rosacea. They can also enhance the effectiveness of sunscreens in preventing sun damage.

Which Antioxidant is Best?

There are numerous antioxidants which are used in skin care products. How do we know which ones work the best? The secret lies in the recipe or the variety of antioxidants. That means that it’s best to use a number of different antioxidants, combining potent, stable and well-researched antioxidants.

However, there are some that should really make up the bulk of your blend of antioxidants.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E, one of the most well-known antioxidants, is a fat-soluble vitamin available in both natural and synthetic forms. We prefer the natural form and for good reason. Research has shown that the natural forms are more potent and are absorbed better by the skin than their synthetic counterparts.

What does it do?

Vitamin E works in several different ways to protect cell membranes from oxidative damage and from the early stages of ultraviolet light damage. It also works in synergy with vitamin C; meaning a serum or treatment that contains both vitamins C and E can be doubly beneficial.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that works particularly well for treating wrinkles, dullness, and brown spots. This water-soluble vitamin is considered an anti-aging superstar.

What does it do?

When applied topically, vitamin C has been proven to increase collagen production. In addition, it reduces skin discolorations, strengthens the skin’s barrier response, enhances the skin’s repair process, reduces inflammation, and helps the skin to better withstand exposure to sunlight, whether protected by sunscreen or not. However, if used in conjunction with sunscreen it works even better.


Resveratrol is a potent polyphenolic antioxidant which can be found in red grapes, red wine, nuts and fruits such as blueberries and cranberries.

What does it do?

Resveratrol has incredible protective benefits for the skin. Used topically, it protects against sun damage, improves collagen production and reduces cell damage. It also has significant anti-inflammatory properties.

Green Tea

Green tea is a powerful antioxidant, whether consumed orally or applied topically. A significant amount of research has established that tea – green, black, or white – has many intriguing health benefits, including anti-aging benefits. The key compound in green tea that provides antioxidant protection is epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG).

What does it do?

EGCG extract, applied topically, can prevent collagen breakdown, reduce UV damage and reduce inflammation.

In Conclusion…

I am a great believer in finding the right recipe for your skin. When you combine potent antioxidants, they support each other. Then if you add a daily sunscreen and other powerful ingredients you can truly bring significant positive change to your skin.

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