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Let’s get our glow on folks! There is so much facial lingo it's hard to know what ingredients to prioritize and imbed in our skincare routine.
Antioxidants are a great place to start since they are often crowned as the gold standard and a must-have in facial products and one of the many reasons they have been incorporated in every single Tree Top product.
“Antioxidants protect the skin by reducing and counteracting free radical production.
“These free radicals, as a refresher, can assault your skin, damaging healthy skin cells and creating oxidative stress.
“Antioxidants protect your skin from this and help reduce pigmentation and fine lines and wrinkles .” - Dr. Lian Mack.
Antioxidants are naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, examples of this are Vitamin A, C, and E. Antioxidants work by quenching free radicals and neutralizing them. Think of a pac man image.
There are many preventative measures we can take to mitigate the damage caused by free radicals, remember prevention is our number one defense when it comes to the health of our skin. Damage associated with UVB and UVA are one of the leading causes of premature ageing to the skin.
Bottom line: protect your skin by means of hats and sunblock everyday, yes even in the winter. There are many products that are safe and do not clog pores.
Diet can also play an important role in the health of our skin. Incorporating a diet rich in antioxidants such as blueberries, strawberries,goji berries, raspberries, collard greens, kale, and leeks are just a few examples that can assist. Alcohol and tobacco can wreak havoc on the health of skin. Some of us are all too familiar with the gray ashen look accompanying a weekend of a poor diet and many cocktails. Feeding our skin from the inside out can really help us get our glow on!
There is an immense amount of research indicating that topically applied antioxidants have a unique ability to intercept this damage and halt the damaging effects that free radicals have on our skin.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) product is a potent antioxidant and widely used in the skin care industry. Be cautioned that not all Vitamin C products should be treated equally. Vitamin C on its own can be highly unstable if not formulated correctly, and can cause further damage by means of oxidising if stabilizing agents are not used .
Tree Tops Facial Revive Vitamin C treatment is a perfect way to introduce Vitamin C and all of its lovely properties without worrying about oxidation since this product is activated by water. In addition to Vitamin C, it is infused with a potent blend of botanics and clays, himalyan slat and turmeric revealing a revived, luminous and smoother complexion. It is my “go to” when my skin needs a “pick me up”.
There are a number of other antioxidant options in plant oils, examples of this include babaob, flax seed, almond oil, wheat germ and marula oil (the list goes on). Gleaming Goddess Ageless Serum is chalked full of antioxidant properties and was designed to increase skin elasticity, smoothness and plumpness.
In addition to plant oils many botanical extracts are excellent sources of antioxidants some examples of these include green tea, rosehip, papaya and sea buckthorn. Revive Facial, Rose Glow Green Tea Floral Elixir, Radiant Dead Sea Mud Mask and Bleu Royal Moisturizing Elixir were all formulated with botanical extracts providing additional protection against free radical damage, increasing skin elasticity suppleness and smoothness.
I am happy to announce that every single one of Tree Tops new and old have high antioxidant properties. For more information check our full list of ingredients and their benefits.