WHY and HOW are antioxidants good for our skin?


Can you guess what sweet skin loving molecular structure this is?  

The problem:

There are molecules called reactive oxygen species..you know, free radicals.They are unstable molecules that can negatively react with other molecules in our cells and kill them. They can also damage our cell membranes, proteins (collagen), DNA, and more.  So, why do they do that? They want electrons and don't care how they get them. #selfish

So whats our plan of attack?

We want antioxidants!

Antioxidants sacrificially give electrons to free radicals, ultimately, neutralizing their instability.   We can nourish our bodies from the inside out by eating foods with antioxidants in them (e.g. blueberries, kale, pumpkin, coconut water) and we can nourish our skin with them topically. The best is to do both, eat em and put them on your skin but not at the same time!

Our skin, the largest organ in our bodies, is susceptible to natural aging as well as extrinsic aging (aging influenced by our external environments). I'm sure UV damage comes to mind and you're absolutely correct.  Using butters, oils, and products with antioxidants can help our skins barrier function and help prevent and reduce the signs of aging. #betterskin 

The ingredients below have overlapping qualities and characteristics that work together to help support our skin naturally. We can use any of them individually and still reap the benefits of their properties.

Here's a brief alphabetical list of antioxidant rich ingredients you will find in Bath Thyme Bakery's self care products.

  • Avocado Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Caffeine
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Murumuru Butter
  • Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
  • Rice Bran Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Sal (Shorea) Butter
  • Shea Butter
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Vitamin C 
  • Vitamin E (tocopherol)

Please also consider using sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30, if you haven't already!

BTB is always continuously researching ingredients, their benefits and their limitations. We want to ensure that we always provide you with well researched quality skincare. 

Oh, yes, the answer:

You guessed it! The molecule in the featured photo is our BFF Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) - another wonderful antioxidant. Yes, you'll be seeing it in BTB products very soon!

 

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