Antioxidants are one of the best skin loving supplements to combat the damaging effects of free radicals.

The antioxidant content in fruit and vegetables varies, so consuming a wide variety is best. Dark chocolate (high in cocoa), and pecans are also good sources of antioxidants, but pecans have the added benefit of being a healthy fat.

The body is exposed to free radicals such as exposure to the sun, pesticides and environmental pollutants. Stress, unhealthy foods, and lifestyle choices also increase these levels.

A breakdown of body cells is caused by oxidation inside the body, much like rust on cars. When free radical oxidation in the body rises to an unhealthy level, cellular components may be altered, and ageing accelerated.The body may also be less able to heal wounds and defeat infections.

Free radicals are destroyed by antioxidants by binding to them before they cause damage. The body produces antioxidant enzymes such as catalase, superoxide dismutase, and glutathione.

The diet and topical skin care can provide additional antioxidants.Some skin loving antioxidants are beta-carotene, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

Some skin loving minerals worth mentioning are selenium, zinc, glutathione, and coenzyme Q10, as they may also be antioxidants.

The antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables such as carrots, orange and red peppers, and spinach help to eliminate free radicals.

Raw fruit, vegetables, and sprouts can help the body absorb antioxidants, since cooking may destroy some of them. It is also a good idea to steam vegetables rather than fry, microwave or boil them.

Because pure antioxidants, such as vitamin E, require additional vitamins in order to work effectively as antioxidants, they should be consumed in combination.

So get out and stock up on these amazing anti-ageing foods and supplements to load up on your antioxidants. Follow me on Instagram, Pinterest or Facebook to get more skin health tips, ideas, routines,and inspiration.

Love, health, and Glowing skin,

Theresa xx