Contributed by Dr. Damian Rodriguez, DHSc, MS
You have probably heard the term antioxidant a million times. Compounds with antioxidant properties promote health and well-being in countless ways, but the most profound benefit may be for your skin.
What Is an Antioxidant?
Antioxidants are substances that inhibit the growth and proliferation of free radicals, highly reactive yet uncharged molecules with an unpaired electron. The by-product of oxygen metabolism, free radicals form every time you breathe, eat, or are exposed to the sun. Free radicals are created by the body to neutralize invaders such as bacteria and viruses; however, too many free radicals can trigger a chain reaction of destruction. This damaging process is known as oxidative stress and high levels have been linked to increased risk for virtually every chronic health condition. Antioxidants are essentially free radical scavengers, stabilizing the destructive molecules by giving them an electron. While the body does produce some antioxidants internally (endogenous), most of our antioxidant support is provided by substances that come from outside the body (exogenous). Antioxidants can come from both natural and artificial sources, in food we eat, or botanicals that are commonly used in self-care.
How Antioxidants Help Your Skin
Studies suggest that including antioxidant-rich products in your skin care routine can help manage the risk of free radical damage and support the look of skin in several different ways. The topical application of antioxidant-rich products, or consumption of foods high in antioxidants, may promote healthy tissue remodeling, reduce the appearance of aging signs, support cellular health, and assist in maintaining a youthful appearance1.
Cellular Beauty, from the Inside Out
Most people think that skin care involves topical application, but the health of your integumentary system starts from within. Eating right and taking the right supplements is actually the first step in skin care. In the Yarrow|Pom Cellular Beauty Complex Softgel, doTERRA has formulated the perfect dietary supplement for skin support.* It starts with the Cellular Beauty Complex Oil Blend. The powerful antioxidant support provided by the combination of Yarrow, Celery Seed, Frankincense, Palmarosa, Turmeric, and Melissa essential oils, as well as Pomegranate oil, assists in supporting the skin by combating oxidative stress.
Essential oils aren’t the only substances that provide antioxidant and skin-support.
- Vitamin C is one of the most researched antioxidants and its benefits for the skin are numerous. Research has shown that vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis, is vital in defense against oxidative stress, and may even help regenerate other antioxidants in the body2-4.*
- Grape seed extract is one of nature’s most concentrated sources of oligomeric proanthocyanidins, a polyphenol with powerful antioxidant properties5.*
- Zinc, the second most abundant mineral in the body, is found in every cell and is important for countless internal processes. Along with being used historically to support wound healing, zinc also has powerful antioxidant properties6.* Research suggests that over 17 percent of the global population is deficient in zinc and because there is no internal zinc storage system, daily intakes are necessary to support well-being7.
- Melon extract, which may have antioxidant properties and has been shown in clinical research to improve skin radiance, is the final component in the powerfully antioxidant Yarrow|Pom Cellular Beauty Complex Capsules8,9.*
Why Should I Use Yarrow|Pom Cellular Beauty Complex Capsules?
Successful skin care is a combination of lifestyle behaviors and using the best topical and internal products, which can provide regular antioxidant support. While a healthy whole food diet is the first step in supporting your skin through diet, dietary supplements can also help maintain the look, feel, and overall health of your skin. Two Yarrow|Pom Cellular Beauty Complex Capsules daily provides the essential oils, vitamins, minerals, and botanical extracts your body needs to support skin health from the inside out.*