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If you know a bit about skin care, then you'll know that antioxidants are one of the fundamental ingredients to incorporate into a skin care regimen. But why?

Skin ages due to a number of factors, free radicals being one of the major contributors. Highly unstable (therefore, highly reactive) particles that are capable of damaging cell structures, free radicals are generated daily during normal living. Exposure to UV rays, pollution and anything else that challenges the skin may result in the production of free radicals.

Antioxidants are ingredients that can help to minimize some of the damage caused by free radicals. However, keep in mind that this assumption is based on indirect vs direct research. One of the challenges with applying antioxidants to the skin is their unreliability – they can be unstable if not prepared properly, they may interact with other ingredients or they may not be absorbed adequately.

Antioxidants may be water soluble ([Link Removed] and flavonoids for example). Their solubility affects where they exert their action. Water soluble antioxidants work primarily in the intra and extra cellular fluid; fat soluble antioxidants protect fatty membranes. However, both types are necessary for adequate antioxidant protection in the skin.

Instead of getting hung up on one particular antioxidant, strive for a combination. While you will find research to back up the use of most antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E along with green tea have the most research to back up claims associated with their use. For this reason, you may wish to stick with these.

Here are some products to consider:
[Link Removed] – Vitamin C combines with pine bark extract and carnosine delivers antioxidant and anti-glycation protection.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed]
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