Vitamins, trace elements, minerals, amino acids...
We are lost in the jungle of micronutrition and its small molecules so beneficial ... Among these, some are antioxidants, they will act on the harm of free radicals and the effects of aging cells.
Excellent for the vitality and youthfulness of the skin, we have put a lot of them in our skin care products and especially in our Immunox® patent!
So, what kind of foods have the ability to make us look younger in the winter?
What is the purpose of antioxidant foods?
The body has a natural biological ability to detoxify itself. This is part of its main functions.
The liver is the organ of cleansing. It cleans toxins and toxics from the body. It proceeds in two phases:
- First, it captures the toxins, then it transforms them into free radicals by enzymatic process and does it in particular thanks to the Holy Vitamin C!
- Secondly, the free radicals are inactivated thanks to many essential nutrients and antioxidants.
So, you understand their importance on the body and necessarily on the skin. What we have just described is called detoxification. It will be coupled with elimination by organs such as the kidneys, intestines, lungs and skin.
Vitamin C and its antioxidant super power
We tell you. We repeat it to you. You are constantly told this. Eat raw vegetables and fruits every day if your intestines and stomach can handle them.
As explained above, Vitamin C plays a crucial role in the whole process of eliminating toxins and toxic substances. It is also known for the regeneration and healing of the skin, since it participates in the synthesis of collagen!
In winter, it is obviously found in all the good citrus fruits that are available until March and that will allow you to fill up on antioxidants. Lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, clementine... We, at Saeve, have a big weakness for the energizing blood oranges found in our botanical body care Tonus Citrus, the pink grapefruits present in the care of our purifying range Pur Paradisi.
Antioxidants are also found in cabbage: broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts. However, since vitamin C cannot be heated, eat them raw or steamed. This way, you will keep all the benefits.
You should know that we have included soft Vitamin C that can be assimilated by the skin in our Perfect Pisum anti-spot botanical range.
What about other antioxidants?
Don't panic, it's very simple. You just have to choose the color in the plate. Natural color, though, right? Tomato sauce in a tube doesn't count. Instead, choose the color of beautiful vegetables and fruit.
Beta-carotene is a precursor of Vitamin A, called retinol in its active form. This molecule is an essential antioxidant that should be included in your diet. It is present in yellow-orange and dark green vegetables. This is the waltz of carrots, squash and spinach, which begins for you.
And then there is the large family of polyphenols. Known as flavonoids, isoflavones, anthocyanins, phenolic acids, resveratrol or curcurmin, these competent micronutrients are all derived from plants, from turnips to pink radishes, cocoa or spices. In winter, they can be found in beets that you can cook yourself. A real delight!
In addition to their sulphurized compounds which are also involved in the liver support process, leeks, onions, garlic or black radishes are rich in flavonoids.
What about our little mushrooms?
Well, all mushrooms also contain antioxidant polyphenols. Recently, researchers have discovered ergothioneine(1), another powerful antioxidant. So even if the morel season doesn't start until March, you can start eating dehydrated mushrooms and winter oyster mushrooms in the meantime.
Aware of the importance of antioxidants in preserving the skin's youthfulness by fighting against blemishes, natural oxidative stress, pollution, the appearance of wrinkles and loss of elasticity, we have decided to include them in all our cosmetic care formulas. Because yes, supplementing a diet rich in antioxidants with cosmetic products that contain them intensifies the benefits of the active ingredients, for more visible results!
In our real botanical nuggets, our Immunox Patent combines the action of organic Chaga and organic Birch sap. It acts on the skin's three stages: it repairs mitochondrial DNA by more than 48% (its past), it blocks 90% of free radicals to protect the skin (its present) and, finally, it stimulates the skin's immune defenses (its future). Each range completes our patent with one or more active ingredients to adapt to a specific skin benefit. Our Pur Paradisi purifying and anti-imperfection range is formulated with Grapefruit and Mandarin nobiletin. For our Detox Officinale range, we have used Dandelion phytosterols and Apple phloretin, the magic recipe for an anti-pollution routine. The Perfect Pisum radiance and anti-spot range is rich in gentle Vitamin C, but also in Oxyresveratrol and lutein, two active ingredients extracted from Peas. Our anti-aging skin care routine is formulated around a Maritime Pine extract titrated in polyphenols, which are associated with other flavonoids to fight against sebum oxidation. Finally, the flagship ingredient of our Hydra Malva range is Mallow, because it is full of flavonoids with multiple benefits.
Your body's good health depends on your diet and what you give your body. The same goes for your skin.
You can be sure that Saeve will take care of your skin's nutrition.
(1) Michael D.Kalarasa, John P.Richie, Ana Calcagnotto, Robert B.Beelmana - Mushrooms: A rich source of the antioxidants ergothioneine and glutathione – Apr 2017.