INESSA'S Guide to Antioxidants for Healthy skin

INESSA'S Guide to Antioxidants for Healthy skin

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Hey everyone!

As your esthetician, I'm dedicated to helping you achieve your healthiest, most radiant skin. Today, I want to talk about some of the most important allies your skin has: Antioxidants.

Free Radicals: The Unseen Threat

Free radicals are like tiny saboteurs lurking within your body. These unstable molecules bounce around, causing damage to your skin cells. This damage can lead to wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin tone, and a loss of that youthful glow.

But where do these free radicals come from? They're a product of everyday life – environmental factors like pollution and sun exposure, as well as internal processes. Even the food we eat can contribute!

Reduced Antioxidant Production: Chronic stress and overtraining can deplete your body's natural stores of antioxidants. These antioxidants are your body's natural defense system against free radicals. When these stores are depleted, free radicals can roam more freely and cause damage.

"Antioxidants: Nature's Shields"

Here's where the good news comes in! Antioxidants are nature's way of fighting back against free radicals. They act like tiny shields, neutralizing these harmful molecules before they can damage your skin cells.

Why Antioxidants Matter for Your Skin Care Routine

As an esthetician, I firmly believe that incorporating antioxidants into your skincare routine is a foundational step for long-term skin health. Here's why they're so important:

  • Protection from Premature Aging: Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals, which can slow down the signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Enhanced Skin Brightness: By neutralizing free radicals, antioxidants can help even out your skin tone and promote a brighter, more radiant complexion.
  • Improved Overall Skin Health: Antioxidants can help reduce inflammation and support healthy skin cell turnover, leading to healthier and stronger skin overall.


  • Here are some of the best antioxidants to incorporate into your skincare routine for targeting different skin concerns:

  • General Antioxidant Powerhouses:

    • Vitamin C: A superstar for brightening and protecting skin. It promotes collagen production, helps reduce hyperpigmentation, and neutralizes free radicals that can damage skin cells.
    • Vitamin E: Known for its moisturizing and healing properties. It also shields skin from sun damage and reduces inflammation.
    • Resveratrol: Found in red wine and grapes, this antioxidant has anti-inflammatory properties and may improve skin elasticity.

    Antioxidants for Targeting Specific Concerns:

      • Green Tea Extract: Rich in polyphenols, green tea extract helps reduce inflammation, soothe irritated skin, and may offer some protection against sun damage.
      • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10): An antioxidant naturally present in the body, plays a role in cellular energy production. In theory, topical application could support collagen production and improve skin elasticity, leading to a reduction in wrinkles and fine lines. By potentially stimulating collagen production, CoQ10 might help improve skin firmness and reduce sagging. 

Fueling Your Skin from Within:

  The good news is that you can support your skin's natural antioxidant defenses in    two ways: through topical skincare and through your diet! Here are some     delicious ways to incorporate antioxidant-rich foods into your daily routine:


  • Berries: Packed with anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Examples include blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, and blackcurrants.
  • Tart Cherries: Rich in anthocyanins and other antioxidants like quercetin.
  • Goji Berries: Contain high levels of various antioxidants, including lycium polysaccharides. (Note: They can be expensive and some research suggests limited health benefits)
  • Acai Berries: High in anthocyanins and other antioxidant compounds, but fresh acai is perishable and often sold frozen or in processed forms with added sugar.


  • Artichokes: A good source of cynarin, an antioxidant with potential liver-protective benefits.
  • Legumes: Rich in anthocyanins and other antioxidants, and a good source of plant-based protein and fiber.
  • Dark Leafy Greens: Spinach, kale, and collard greens are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants like carotenoids and lutein.
  • Red Bell Peppers: Contain high levels of vitamin C and capsanthin, an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties.

Other Antioxidant Powerhouses:

  • Dark Chocolate (at least 70% cacao): Rich in flavanols, which can improve blood flow and heart health.
  • Nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts): Contain vitamin E, healthy fats, and other antioxidants.
  • Green Tea: Loaded with epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a potent antioxidant with various health benefits.
  • Spices: Turmeric (curcumin), cloves, cinnamon, and oregano are all high in antioxidants.

Remember, a well-balanced diet is key! It's better to incorporate a variety of these antioxidant-rich foods into your routine rather than focusing solely on one or two.

Here are some additional points to consider:

  • Preparation Matters: Cooking methods can affect the antioxidant content of some foods. Steaming or lightly sautéing is generally recommended to preserve nutrients.
  • Freshness Matters: Generally, fresh fruits and vegetables have higher antioxidant levels compared to frozen or processed options.
  • Variety is Key: Different antioxidant compounds offer different health benefits, so aim for a diverse range of antioxidant-rich foods.

By incorporating these tips and exploring these antioxidant powerhouses, you can support your overall health and well-being.

Remember, consistency is key! The more you incorporate these antioxidant-rich foods into your diet, the better equipped your skin will be to fight free radicals and maintain a healthy glow.

Combining with a Natural Skincare Routine for Optimal Results

While a healthy diet rich in antioxidants is fantastic, a well-rounded skincare routine is crucial to achieve optimal results. At [INESSA LOS ANGELES], we believe in harnessing the power of natural botanical ingredients to nourish and protect your skin. Our products are formulated with antioxidant-rich ingredients that work synergistically with your body's natural defenses to promote long-lasting skin health.

Let's Talk Skin Care!

I'm passionate about helping you achieve your best skin yet. If you have any questions about incorporating antioxidants into your routine or would like to explore how our natural skincare products can benefit your skin, don't hesitate to reach out! I'm always happy to chat and create a personalized plan for a radiant and healthy complexion.

Stay tuned for future updates on all things skin health!

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