Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Super skin saviours

Antioxidants are crucial to our health, beauty and wellbeing. They help our body put up its best defence against free radicals – cells which are damaged by environmental factors and unhealthy lifestyle choices - which leave our bodies susceptible to early signs of aging. 

 See below how antioxidants can help combat common skin health and beauty complaints:

 Fight oxidative stress triggered aging 
Oxidative stress plays a central role in initiating and driving skin aging at the cellular level, by breaking down protein (collagen), altering cellular renewal cycles and damaging DNA. Luckily, our bodies cleverly defend themselves from oxidative stress by producing an armoury of antioxidants which neutralise free radicals preventing our cells from harm
Each person’s genetic make-up determines how the body battles free radical damage, but with things like poor diet, sun exposure, smoking and pollution common place in modern life it can be no mean feat for even the strongest natural defence system.
To give your body the best fighting chance to combat oxidative stress, ensure your diet is filled with antioxidant rich foods such as carrots, citrus fruits and tomatoes.
Also include a multi-vitamin such as Centrum Women, which contains Vitamins E, C, Copper and Zinc, all of which contribute to the protection of cell constituents from oxidative damage Centrum Women Daily Multivitamins £7.89 for 30 tablets and £12.99 for 60 tablets,
Available from Boots
and Holland & Barrett

Acne Be Gone
Acne is a common skin condition which affects most people at some point or another. It is predominantly caused by hormonal changes as well as environmental irritants such a pollution and humidity.
Acne can be destructive both physically and emotionally and the solutions can seem like a mine field, however finding a solution would be as simple as one, two, algae. Japanese algae, such as chlorella, Spirulina and kelp, may seem an odd skin healing ingredient but actually they are less strange than you might imagine. The University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture, found the fatty acids present in these plants could prevent the growth of Propionibacterium acnes - a bacterium which causes acne. Sun Chlorella A is a natural single celled green algae supplement, which also contains highly concentrated antioxidants, such as beta-carotene. Supermodel Miranda Kerr claims “To keep my skin in check I always eat lots of greens and take Chlorella supplements and drink lots of water” Sun Chlorella is priced £21.95 for 300 tablets (a 20-30 day supply) available from

Reduce Dark Circles

Virgin Olive Oil is a super hydrating fruit oil rich in Oleic acid, a potent antioxidant. When in combination with a select blend of bioactive, natural and organic ingredients and cell stimulating properties, olive oil can help minimise the appearance of puffiness and dark circles around the delicate areas of the eyes.
Dr. Organic bioactive virgin olive oil eye serum, is free from all nasty petro-chemicals and harsh additives which strip the skin of valuable moisture and can cause long-term damage, including parabens and sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS).
Gentle enough to respect the delicate eye area but naturally rich in nourishment and antioxidants, this is a powerful rescue treatment for ‘crepe’ skin.
Dr Organic’s Organic Virgin Olive Oil Eye Serum is priced at £8.99 for 15ml, available from Holland & Barrett

Plump Up skin
Over time, the sun's ultraviolet rays damage certain fibres in the skin called elastin. The breakdown of elastin causes the skin to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to bounce back after stretching As we age our skin may also become rougher, thinner and more prone to bruising.

In a UK first, a clinical study showed a daily tablet could significantly improve skin firmness and reduce wrinkle depth while providing a natural sun protection factor (SPF) of 10 in 12 weeks and SPF of 15 in 24 weeks.
Colladeen Visage,is a potent mix of natural plant extracts high in lutein and anthocyanidins which improve the appearance of the skin by supporting the structure from within.
Colladeen has demonstrable clinically proven benefits including reduction in wrinkles, firmer skin, shrinking spider veins and providing an internal SPF, which has the long term benefit of preventing further photo-aging. Colladeen Visage is priced at £18.95 for 60 tablets from

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