Antioxidants Explained

 “Antioxidant” and “Free Radical” are two words we often hear when talking about improving and maintaining the health and quality of our skin. But do we know what they are, what they do, and where to find them?
To understand how to care for skin properly, we must know the basics. We’ve researched Antioxidants, so you don’t have to; now, let’s explore!

An Antioxidant is a natural compound found in the body that helps to protect cells from damage by slowing the oxidation process. Oxidation is when a cell changes and breaks down due to its exposure to oxygen and the environment. Things like pollution, smoke, toxins, and sun exposure trigger free radicals, causing skin damage.

Antioxidants are essential to skin health and the secret to youthful-looking skin. By protecting skin cells from damage, Antioxidants help stop the breakdown of existing collagen while smoothing your skin’s texture and tone. In winter, antioxidants prevent your skin from being zapped of moisture by cold temperatures and blaring heaters.

There are various ways you can naturally boost your Antioxidant intake. The two easiest methods are to eat a nutrient-dense diet packed with Antioxidants and to choose skincare products that favour an Antioxidant-rich formula.
For glowing skin and a healthy body, fresh is always best, and antioxidants can be found in various fruits, vegetables, nuts and fish. Here are some of our favourites:

  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Avocado
  • Grapes
  • Broccoli
  • Leafy Greens
  • Salmon
  • Pecans

Your skincare routine is an easy way to get more antioxidants. Look for moisturisers, oils, lotions and treatment products that contain either Vitamin E or Vitamin C. These two powerhouse vitamins have the highest antioxidant content and have a proven track record in the skincare game.
Plunkett’s Vita E Skin Restoration Range is more than your average Vitamin E brand. With naturally sourced high-potency Vitamin E and Rosehip Oil (Vitamins A and E), Vita E offers double the antioxidant ammunition, ideal for skin protection and cell renewal.
Plunkett’s Vita E contains no parabens or fragrances, making it perfect for irritated or sensitive skin. Use it for growing bellies, dry areas, scars, stretch marks, minor wounds and damaged skin. Discover the Plunkett’s Vita E range here.