Antioxidants are important to keep your skin in the best condition possible.
A sufficient supply of antioxidants will help to moisturize your skin and stop it from becoming dry and flaky.
Antioxidants will also help to repair damaged skin and prevent damage to skin cells that are caused by free radicals.
Free radicals are molecules that cause damage to the cells by the depleting them from getting a sufficient supply of oxygen.
The production of free radicals is stimulated by many different sources including cigarette smoke, alcohol, UV light, pollution and so on.
The collagen that helps us maintain the youthful appearance gets broken down as these free radicals damage the skin cells.
The vitamins A, C and E, and beta-carotene are the most powerful antioxidants and these are regularly added to quality body care products and in particular moisturizers to help improve the condition of the skin.
The best antioxidants however are those that you get through maintaining a good diet.
Your nutrition has a lot more affect on the condition of your skin due to the necessity of antioxidants to counter the free radicals that are constantly damaging the skin cells.
Antioxidants stimulate the production of collagen and this helps prevent wrinkles.
Antioxidants also help to protect the skin against sun damage so getting a good supply of antioxidants in your diet will reduce the chance of you getting sunburned but it is certainly not a reason to refrain from using a good sunscreen to protect your skin.
As manufacturers look to improve the quality of their products by adding antioxidants and other skincare ingredients, Coenzyme-Q10 has proven very popular due to the fact that it is believed it can stimulate the growth of new cells and in doing so create smoother, firmer and more toned skin.
Whether there is any real benefit from having Q10 in these products has yet to be scientifically proven but there are enough people who believe that it works to warrant its inclusion in skin care products.
I go with good diet and lots of clean fresh water to help cleans the skin from the inside.
Dehydration is often not realised and plays havoc with the skin, when drinking about 6-8 glasses a day will keep it at bay.
Regards, John J Foster