Antioxidants: Why Your Skin Needs 'Em & How To Get 'Em

For years, the discussion of your skin and antioxidants started and stopped with blueberries. The tiny indigo fruit has been known as a powerhouse for your skin, but lately the focus has shifted to include even more antioxidants. Why? It turns out they're all outstanding for your skin. "Anyone who spends time outdoors in a populated area can benefit from antioxidants," says Dr. Harold Lancer, a Beverly Hills-based dermatologist. "Environment pollutants, like smog, carbon monoxide, tar, and smoke, are some of the worst oxidative stressors our bodies are exposed to. Consuming antioxidants, and using them topically, will fight off the negative effects of oxidative stress."

You really can't go wrong with any antioxidant, but there are a few specifics that you should keep an eye out for when it comes to keeping your complexion healthy. "The best antioxidants for your overall skin health are vitamins A, C, E, and beta-carotene," Lancer says. These four will especially help disarm wrinkle-causing free radicals, or, as Lancer describes them, "unstable molecules that damage cells and exist as a result of environmental pollution and lifestyle abuse."

So, we know which antioxidants we need and why we need 'em. Now, we just need the how. Click through and get schooled.
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