21 Different Antioxidants Are Better for You Than Just One
From the name of our USDA organic skincare line, it’s clear that our products take their main inspiration from antioxidants (plant antioxidants, specifically). We even included the minimum amount of ORAC units of antioxidant on each of our 100% recycled and recyclable bottles . We will write more about ORAC units in an upcoming blog, but we know numbers can’t always help you understand how exactly antioxidants benefit your skin. The term “antioxidants” itself is a complicated and intimidating one, so today we’d like to draw more attention to the specific plants that “Plantioxidants” was born from. We’ve introduced antioxidants briefly , so now we will dive in deeper into the special Plantioxidants complex that’s present in each of our formulas. The clever combination of plant-based antioxidants is more than just a name of our company. These antioxidants also represent your health and your future.
Why do you need antioxidants?
You might not realize it, but at this moment, your body is facing an onslaught of damage. That’s because your body is reacting to many forms of environmental stress, from sunlight to pollution, and even chemicals in the products you use. These factors trigger the formation of highly unstable molecules in your body called free radicals. Free radicals are deadly to your body because if they’re left unchecked, they can cause a damaging domino effect to your cells. Free radical formation occurs as followed: a harmful substance knocks an important part of an atom - named an electron - from a healthy cell, converting that atom into a highly unstable “free radical.” The free radical wreaks havoc on your body while trying to regain its missing electron, causing irreversible damage to proteins, cell membranes, and even DNA in the process.
Although this process occurs inside the minuscule cells of your body, you can actually observe its harmful effects from your physical appearance. Sagging skin, fine lines, wrinkles, and even dark spots are caused when free radicals damage your skin cells and break down your collagen - a protein that’s essential for smooth, firm skin.
Fortunately there is another type of substance that is specifically meant to keep free radicals in check. Your body naturally produces antioxidants to stabilize free radicals and prevent the rapid process of cellular damage. However, the amount of antioxidants your body produces declines over time , which makes it even more difficult to stop the avalanche of free radicals formed in everyday life. It's up to you obtain other sources of antioxidants to maintain the health of your body and skin. Remember, you are the one thing in life you can control. Keep reading to learn more and make sure you don't fall behind or run late.
Antioxidants in Skincare
Antioxidants are at the frontline for protecting, correcting, and nourishing your skin. Like how sunscreen shields your skin from damaging UV rays from the sun, antioxidants in skincare protect your healthy cells from free radicals. We took inspiration from this analogy by making antioxidants the core of our USDA organic formulas. Because of how much pressure your skin is under to protect your whole body from external harm, we emphasized choosing only the most potent natural sources of antioxidants we could when formulating our skin care collection. We cherish transparency, and made sure to include the minimum amount of ORAC units - similar to how sunscreen is measured by SPF - of antioxidants in each product on our boxes made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper . Each individual product can have between 10 to 50 times more antioxidants than what is labeled, thus showcasing the strength and potency of our products for helping you achieve your healthiest complexion.
Adding a combination of antioxidants to your skincare routine is more beneficial than applying one alone, which is why in addition to rigorously creating effective formulas for different steps of a skincare routine, we researched and formulated the Plantioxidants Complex containing 21 different plant antioxidants. It’s a concentrated antioxidant complex containing antioxidants from some of the most antioxidant-rich ingredients found in nature. We included it in every single one of our products to ensure you receive the highest amount of skin nourishment that we could create. You might have already caught a glimpse of these antioxidants in our previous blog posts, but today we want to outline all of them at once to emphasize the synergistic benefits that they produce for your skin.
1. Mulberry : A rich source of skin-beneficial antioxidants such as vitamin C and resveratrol that promote healthy collagen production for smoother, firmer skin. Mulberries also contain beta carotene, which is eventually converted into an active form of vitamin A in your body. Vitamin A increases skin cell turnover for a fresher, more radiant complexion.
2. Matcha Green Tea : Green tea has been minimally oxidized, meaning the leaves were heated quickly after harvesting and thus preserving a higher amount of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals, inflammation, and may even prevent skin cancer .
3. Camu Camu : contains the highest amount of vitamin C found in food. Also contains a type of antioxidant called polyphenols that protect against UV damage. It’s featured in our Exfoliating & Brightening Treatment .
4. Acerola : Comes close after camu camu in vitamin C content, neutralizing free radical damage and boosting skin firmness. It’s also rich in B vitamins that help strengthen and repair skin cells.
5. Elderberry : Bioflavonoids are an antioxidant that contains strong astringent properties, meaning they help prevent excess oil and tighten your skin. They are highly present in elderberries.
6. Pomegranate : Antioxidants work better in synergy, and pomegranates contain significant amounts of three types: tannins, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid. They all work together to protect skin from inflammation and free radical damage.
7. Chokeberry : Anthocyanins gives chokeberries their stunning purple color and are also a potent antioxidant that filter out harmful UV rays, making them a powerful ingredient for helping lessen fine lines.
8. Grape Seed : Grape seeds are rich in oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) that reduce free radical damage and also enhance the antioxidant properties of vitamins C, A, and E.
9. Coffee Cherry : Packed with polyphenols that act as both antioxidants and anti-inflammatories for helping to improve skin tone by reducing redness and wrinkles.
10. Goji Berry : Full of polysaccharides that improve your skin’s ability to hydrate and retain moisture, and perform as antioxidants. The vibrant red color of goji berries is due to their high beta carotene content.
11. Blueberry : Loaded with anthocyanins, vitamins C, A, and K that nourish skin, as well as combat inflammation and free radical damage. Helps even skin tone and reduce acne and scars.
12. Cocoa : Packed with flavonoids - a type of antioxidant that protects against sun damage, reduces inflammation, and increases skin hydration.
13. Artichoke : Contains the antioxidant rutin that has been shown to increase skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Rutin also enhances your body’s absorption of vitamin C.
14. Acai : An anthocyanin-rich fruit that is also abundant in omega fatty acids that nourish and keep skin cells hydrated. Acai berries also contain vitamin C, E, and B vitamins for a healthier complexion.
15. Cranberry : The combination of vitamins A and C in cranberry help stimulate skin cell turnover for smoother and brighter skin, while vitamins E and B help heal and hydrate skin.
16. Cinnamon : High in flavonoids and help protect the skin from acne-causing bacteria and irritants.
17. Oregano : Can fight fungus and bacteria that cause irritated and itchy skin. Oregano is a rich source of vitamins C, E, and beta carotene.
18. Cumin : Vitamin E in cumin acts as a potent antioxidant that fights free radicals and also soothes and heals skin.
19. Parsley : Abundant in vitamins C, K, and the highly potent antioxidant luteolin (a type of flavonoid) that combines with free radicals to eliminate damage to healthy skin cells.
20. Thyme : A natural astringent that helps fade acne and scars by balancing skin oil levels. High in flavonoids that have antioxidant properties.
21. Sea Buckthorn : Has potent antioxidant properties due to its high flavonoid and vitamin C content, and also helps to nourish and heal skin.
Next time you pick up one of our products, you’ll be able to look at the ingredients label and recognize what makes the formula so potent and antioxidant-packed. While each of our USDA organic formulas serves a different function in your daily skincare routine, we wanted to make sure that all of them contribute to nourishing your skin and keep you feeling fresh enough to tackle what truly matters to you in life. We can’t wait to share the latest in antioxidant research with you and discuss their benefits to your health in future blog posts. As this blog post and our name illustrates, we strive to remain at the forefront of antioxidants in organic skincare.