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Feb 13th

Three Key Antioxidants That Prevent Sun Damage

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Living in hot and dry Las Vegas can dry the skin and hasten the aging process of the skin. The ultraviolet (UV) radiation of the sun may inflict sun damage such as dry and dull skin, pigmentation, age spots and wrinkles. While you can’t completely prevent the damaging effects of sun damage, you can, however, take proactive steps to minimize effects and keep your skin in the glow of health. Here are three powerfulantioxidants for the skin that do just that.

Vitamin C

The most well-known in the family of vitamins, vitamin C occurs naturally in a number of fruits and vegetables such as oranges, lemons, cantaloupes, berries, cherries,  red bell pepper, broccoli, kale, among others. It functions as a potent antioxidant and works effectively to nullify the damaging effects of free radicals. Exposure to sun, smoke, pollution and normal body functions produce free radicals. Vitamin C helps to produce collagen, a protein that gives skin its elasticity. According to Dr Oz, vitamin C may even reverse the aging effects of sun damage by reducing the number of sunburned cells. It is effective against discoloration and fine lines.

Selenium

Love those Crimini mushrooms in your kebab or stir-fry? Turns out these cute-as-buttons mushrooms have one of the highest selenium levels. Selenium is a trace mineral that packs a powerful punch when it comes to skin care. Not only does it protect the body from cancer, it defies the natural aging process by keeping the skin soft and supple. How? Selenium is needed to make glutathione peroxidase, a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals that form in the skin during sun exposure.

Vitamin E

Vitamin C and Vitamin E often work together and as a team, they form a formidable force against sun damage. Eating foods rich in vitamin E such as nuts, vegetable oils, green leafy vegetables and eggs may increase your skin’s elasticity. Applying it topically may reduce skin roughness, length of facial lines and wrinkle depth, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

At Privy, we use antioxidants in facials and body treatments to protect, hydrate and nourish skin and keep it in optimal health. We understand the devastating effects of UV radiation and we will work with you to keep your skin in the best of health. Call us today!