Many people strive to include antioxidant-rich foods in their diets, but these nutrients also have benefits when you apply them directly to your skin. As the Acne Resource Center explains, free radicals--free molecules of oxygen--occur naturally within your body and may damage cells, leading to signs of aging such as wrinkles, thinning hair and sagging skin. However, the site also explains that antioxidants neutralize these free radicals and may help prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging, acne and skin cell damage.
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Vitamin A is an antioxidant vitamin that is found in many face creams, often listed as Retinol. The University of Maryland Medical Center explains that vitamin A encourages normal cell reproduction and is commonly used in acne treatments. In addition, the center notes that topical application of vitamin A may also be effective in treating premature aging, warts and the skin condition rosacea. The University of Maryland Medical Center does note that pregnant women should avoid vitamin A supplements due to the risk of birth defects.
Vitamin C can benefit your skin in two main ways, according to the personal care website SmartSkinCare.com. As the website explains, vitamin C aids in the production of collagen, a protein involved in skin structure. In addition, vitamin C's antioxidant role prevents free radical damage. SmartSkinCare.com reports that the combination of these benefits may improve your skin texture and reduce wrinkles. The site also explains that you can improve your chances of seeing benefits by using products that combine vitamin C with other ingredients.
According to the skin care website CareFair.com, vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that may benefit your skin when applied to your face. The benefits of vitamin E vary from smoothing out rough patches of skin to producing a smoother, more youthful appearance. CareFair.com says vitamin E application may also protect your skin from ultraviolet rays, maintain your skin's oil balance and retain moisture levels.