Overexposure to UV rays, pollution, and cigarette smoke as well as intense exercise and stress could all cause the excessive formation of free radicals in your body. As a quick reminder, free radicals are pesky, unstable molecules that can cause harm to your cells.
Although their formation is actually a part of normal metabolic function, it’s important to maintain a balance between antioxidants and free radicals. Certain things can throw this balance out of whack, however, resulting in oxidative stress (free radicals > antioxidants).
So, what does this mean for your skin health?
Free radicals can harm the main structural protein in your skin, collagen, as well as lipids, which hold moisture and protect the skin from damage. This can lead to signs of premature aging including wrinkles, dry skin, unwanted pigments, and generally lackluster skin – not ideal.
Unfortunately, over time with more exposure to free radicals, these effects only get worse and more noticeable.
The good news!
Antioxidants are your skins saving grace. But where can you get them? Sourced from the far reaches of the earth, packed full of antioxidants and delivered in a convenient powdered form - superfoods of course!
Cacao, wheatgrass, and spirulina powder can do wonders balancing the levels of free radicals within your body and providing your skin with nourishment.
Few superfoods are as high in antioxidants as cacao powder, which contains an abundance of flavonoids. Cacao also contains high levels of magnesium, your answer to getting that lovely shine all over your body – a sign of healthy skin full of youth.
Spirulina is also packed with antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatories protecting your skin and balancing free radicals. Try mixing spirulina into soup! Have your soup heated up in the winter or refreshing and chilled in the summer.
Wheatgrass is particularly high in the antioxidant vitamin E, known for its ability to soothe and firm the skin. A shot a day will give your skin the dose of vitamins it needs to stay young and healthy.
Also, apparently, two ounces of wheatgrass juice has the nutritional equivalent of five pounds of the best raw organic vegetables!
Thanks to superfoods you can stay looking the best version of yourself for as long as humanly possible!