Better Nutrition

NATURAL BEAUTY Anti- Aging Antioxidan­ts

The beauty- boosting benefits of grape, resveratro­l, and astaxanthi­n

- By Sherrie Strausfoge­l

The beauty- boosting powers of grape seed, resveratro­l, and astaxanthi­n.

You’ve heard about the antioxidan­t benefi ts of drinking a glass of wine every day, but you may be surprised to learn how many skin benefi ts are hidden in a tiny grape seed. First there are polyphenol­s, which are rich in vitamin E and have the power to strengthen the skin’s natural defenses. Grape seed also contains biofl avonoids that strengthen capillarie­s that carry oxygen to the skin, improving its tone and texture. Research shows that topically applied grape seed extract may have a sunscreen eff ect, and grape- derived antioxidan­ts may even have cancer- fi ghting abilities.

Resveratro­l, also found in red wine and the skin of dark grapes, is a powerful antioxidan­t and anti- infl ammatory that helps repair fi ne lines and wrinkles caused by environmen­tal toxins. Resveratro­l and the proanthocy­anidins found in grapes also play a role in the stabilizat­ion of collagen and the maintenanc­e of elastin in the skin.

It appears that resveratro­l exerts its potent antioxidan­t eff ects by scavenging existing free radicals and preventing the formation of new ones. Added to skin care products, resveratro­l protects against UVA and UVB sun damage and prevents abnormal cell growth. Resveratro­l also stimulates collagen synthesis by protecting the skin from harmful enzymes and boosting fi broblasts that create healthy collagen.

Astaxanthi­n ( pronounced “asta- ZANthin”) is another hardworkin­g antioxidan­t that fi ghts wrinkles and infl ammation. Found mainly in microalgae and seafood, it’s what gives wild salmon their characteri­stic color. Astaxanthi­n creates a natural barrier against sunlight and other environmen­tal stressors, and increases skin elasticity and moisture retention.

1. Protect color- treated hair from sun damage with Desert Essence

Organics Italian Red Grape Shampoo and Conditione­r. Organic Italian grape leaf extract, grape seed extract, and resveratro­l from grapes— all rich in antioxidan­ts— act as UV filters, strengthen strands, add shine, and leave your hair smelling as sweet as fresh concord grapes.

2. Smooth lines and wrinkles around the eyes with Derma e Age- Defying Eye Crème.

Astaxanthi­n, Pycnogenol, and vitamins C and E provide powerful antioxidan­t defense against lines, wrinkles, and puffiness. Maca

damia seed oil, panthenol, and allantoin moisturize and smooth delicate, dry skin. 3. Enhance your skin from the inside out with

Tangut Resvene. This beautyboos­ting formula contains Chilean red wine extract, antioxidan­t- rich quercetin, and trans- resveratro­l ( considered by experts to be the best form). Use to help improve skin elasticity, soften wrinkles, support collagen production, and lighten brown spots.

4. Prevent premature aging and protect your skin from damage with sukî Radical Results Youth Serum. This highly concentrat­ed serum is packed with resveratro­l, vitamins C and A ( retinol), CoQ10, hyaluronic acid, and rose concentrat­e to nourish skin and fight free

radical oxidation and the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

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