Here at Skin Deep, we thrive on learning all we can about the most innovative skin products on the market because skin health is our area of expertise. As licensed estheticians, we know first-hand that healthy skin begins on the inside and radiates outward. This is why diet and lifestyle choices – including the consumption of foods rich in antioxidants – is essential for anyone wanting to look and feel their very best.
Antioxidants are Nature’s Anti-Aging Agents
Free radicals are responsible for inflammation, disease and also accelerate the aging process. So, the ultimate goal is to focus on a diet that increases your intake of antioxidants. But how do antioxidants go from being part of the plant-based foods you eat to a part of the anti-aging and disease-fighting agents they’re famous for? The secret lays in the way our bodies process food.
Antioxidants and Digestion: A Love Story
The love story between antioxidants and the digestive process that allows them to work for you begins humbly in the mouth. Here, with every bite you chew, the combination of chewing and enzyme-laden saliva immediately commences digestion. The more you chew your food, the easier it is for the stomach to receive it and continue breaking down the food, so the small intestine can better absorb the nutrients – and antioxidants – the food contains.
Benefits of Antioxidants
- They regulate DNA cell genetics
- Repair damaged cells
- Prevent cancer
- Boost the immune system
- Lower LDL cholesterol level
- And so much more
Important to us as skin care professionals, antioxidants also protect the skin from the inside out.
So, one of the best things you can do to proactively support healthy skin, and prevent or slow the signs of aging, is to eat a diet rich in antioxidant foods. It’s easier than you think, and we suspect the list includes some of your favorite items (Dark chocolate, anyone? Yes, please!), including:
- Red cabbage
- Beans and legumes
Don’t all of those sound delicious? The large majority are easily included in morning smoothies, lunchtime salads and weeknight dinner side dishes. Do yourself, your skin and your body a favor; begin your own antioxidant romance by incorporating these ingredients into your diet. It will spread the love to your cells from the inside out.
Then, schedule an appointment at Skin Deep where your skin will benefit from expert treatment and the application of antioxidant-rich skincare products. Your skin will look younger and healthier for it.