Posted by Trish Alkaitis on Mar 1st 2016
Many brands are using antioxidants in their products these days. But what are antioxidants? What is their function in skin care? And more importantly, which standards have to be met in order to make them work in skin care products?
As you probably know, antioxidants eliminate free radicals. Free radicals are the bad guys in the story, as they are responsible for the aging of your skin. Even though antioxidants occur naturally in our skin, the amount present might not always be enough to eliminate the amount of free radicals. On top of that, antioxidants in the skin diminish with age. So you can understand why it’s important to make sure your diet contains enough antioxidants and why using good organic skin care with high quality antioxidants can really support your skin in executing its natural tasks.
Vitamin E or tocopherol is important for your body and essential for healthy skin. Vitamin E protects the skin from sunburn, limits UV damage and strengthens the skin’s natural barrier. When of high quality and properly used in skin care, vitamin E can also help other therapeutic ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin. It is found in fresh vegetables, plant oils, nuts, seeds and cereals, and is often added to skin care products. Recent studies have shown that many of us have a deficit of this essential antioxidant. As vitamin E is the vitamin that is most present in our skin, it shouldn’t be a surprise that a deficit has a severe impact on the health of this complex organ.
A lot less research has been done on the effects on the skin when vitamin E is taken as a supplement. However, a recent single-blind, placebo-controlled study showed a significant improvement in the atopic dermatitis of the group taking the supplements.
Vitamin C is essential for collagen production, an effective tool in combating aging skin, acne and rosacea, and protects the skin from UV damage. It is found abundantly in fresh fruits and vegetables. When properly formulated, skin care that contains high quality vitamin C is known to be able to adequately brighten hyperpigmentation and age spots.
In order to be effective in your skin care products, antioxidants have to meet some standards.
But it takes more than just mixing up antioxidants and putting them in a skin care product. In order to be truly effective, ingredients in organic skin care should be carefully chosen to enhance each other’s properties. After all, it is all about chemistry. A meticulously formulated combination of high quality ingredients can have an incredible therapeutic value for our skin. Unfortunately, it works the other way around as well; an ingredient could be a true power house but when ‘just’ blended with other ingredients it could completely lose this power!
Dr. Alkaitis formulates with his own signature organic herbal complexes. Each complex consists of carefully blended raw ingredients that not only intensify each other’s properties but combined take each other to a whole different level of efficacy. The therapeutic value of his ingredients is within these combinations. This unique intermingling of ingredients makes Dr. Alkaitis products adaptogenic. These adaptogenic products drastically increase your skin’s ability to adapt to various damaging influences. They help your skin to reach and maintain homeostasis; that balanced state where it is glowing with health.
Because of Dr. Alkaitis’ in-depth knowledge of the skin and its tasks, its interaction with and reaction to various influences, he is able to formulate his products with exactly the nutrients your skin needs to perform those tasks.
In the end it is all about properly nourishing your body through healthy (skin) foods. Only with proper nourishment can your body fulfill each task to the fullest of its potential. Health is about balance, health is about making the right choices for yourself, health is about taking the path that leads to you being the best you can be.