There has been much ground breaking research lately in the area of nutrition vis a vis aging, both internal and external. Evidence suggests that certain nutrients and antioxidants can positively affect the skin, and retard or reverse aging.
Antioxidants fight free radicals – those highly unstable, high-energy, oxygen-centered molecules that play a dire role in the aging process by damaging essential cells and wreaking general havoc on our bodies. Left to their own devices, free rads start a chain reaction, recruiting more cells that cause more damage, increasing the risk of cancer and other health problems, and hastening aging, inside and out. Antioxidants hold the line against the exponential growth of free radicals, and neutralize their cumulative destructive effects by stopping them from recruiting more cells.
The evidence suggests that incorporating antioxidants into your diet is an advisable health and anti-aging practice. The vitamins A, C, and E and the mineral Selenium have been identified by scientists as effective free rad fighters. At NYDG, our nutritionist can advise on which foods are rich in these powerful antioxidants.
About Topical Antioxidants
Many cosmetics companies claim their anti-aging products are a viable source of antioxidants, but the jury is still out. In truth it is difficult to produce and package an active ingredient that can be adequately absorbed through the outer layer of the skin. SkinCeuticals makes a carefully formulated, active Vitamin C called Serum 15, which is packaged in a dark, light-protecting bottle with a medicine dropper. (A difficulty in keeping ingredients active is their susceptibility to light.) Please click on the NYDG Store to read more about SkinCeuticals and other dermatologist-approved anti-aging, anti-oxidant rich products.