Everyday our skin is exposed to cell-damaging free-radicals that can cause inflammation, lower collagen levels, decrease elasticity, and lead to premature signs of aging such as sagging and fine lines. Such harmful impurities are introduced to our skin through UV rays, air pollutants, stress, lack of sleep, tobacco and alcohol use, and other environmental factors. The best thing you can do to repair and protect your skin is to show it some love with skin care products that are rich in Antioxidants.

Antioxidants can stop and even reverse the effects of free radicals. When choosing skincare products, look for the following ingredients:

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that is easily absorbed into the skin and has incredible moisturizing properties. This vitamin effectively repairs skin damage and increases its healing capabilities, causing cuts, scrapes and even acne to heal faster and with less scarring. It is also an essential ingredient if you want to reduce dark spots, fight off acne breakouts, heal existing scars, and prevent dry, itchy skin.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C and Vitamin E are like the ultimate free-radical-fighting duo. They support each other’s antioxidant functions, and, together, form a much stronger defense line against free radicals. While Vitamin E is packed with antioxidants, it can lose its potency as it heals damaged cells. Vitamin C powers up its fellow vitamin by restoring its age-defying superpowers, allowing it to continue healing your skin. Vitamin C is also responsible for synthesizing an important protein for skin strength—collagen.

White Tea Extract

More than a healthy drink option, white tea also makes for effective skin care. Extracts from the white tea plant contain powerful antioxidant properties and can also fight off overactive matrix metalloproteinases, an enzyme that can contribute to premature aging of skin when there is too much.

Licorice Root Extract

Another plant we might not associate with skin care, licorice root, is another powerful antioxidant that can reduce dark, puffy circles under your eyes and age spots or discolorations of the skin. It’s most unique property, though, is licochalcone, a type of natural phenol that can balance oil levels in your skin. This can keep your skin looking and feeling smooth, refreshed and balanced.

Grape Seed Extract

Though grape seeds are an excellent source of Vitamin E and Vitamin C, they also contain oligomeric proanthocyanins, or OPCs. OPCs can contain up to 20 times the antioxidant qualities of Vitamin C, and 50 times that of Vitamin E. Introducing grape seed extracts into your skin care regimen is not only a potent way to fight free radicals, but can also speed your skin’s healing process and provide an overall brighter, more rejuvenated tone.

Try KNESKO’S Own Antioxidant Skincare Collection

Combat free radicals, reverse cell damage, and protect your skin from further exposure by adding KNESKO’s Rose Quartz Antioxidant face masks into your skin care routine at home. The Rose Quartz Antioxidant collection is made to calm, protect, and soothe your skin while fighting the damaging effects of free radicals. Each doctor-formulated face mask contains all of the Antioxidant-rich ingredients listed above, is infused with beautiful Rose Quartz gemstones, and is charged with healing Reiki energy. Feel the difference our own GEMCLINICAL® makes as you open your heart chakra and radiate your true beauty from within.