Antioxidant Protection for Fall Skin Wellness

September 25th, 2014

Applying antioxidant protection is an essential part of a complete face care routine for skin wellness during the fall season and beyond.   As we transition from summer to fall its important to change your regime to address the seasonal shift for dermal health.  Humidity levels are different now depending on your region and this affects how we care for and protect our skin.  What remains constant year round: the reliable shield antioxidants provide against environmental damage in the form of free radicals, pollutants and other contaminants in the atmosphere.  The end result: preservation or revitalization of your youthful radiant complexion.

Thorough medical research revealed the undeniable benefits of this skin barrier.  At the University of Michigan Dermatology Department researchers Yolanda Helfrich, MD, Gary Fisher, PhD and John Voorhees, MD, F.R.C.P. studied the effects of antioxidants.  They found that ‘antioxidants are compounds that protect cells from oxidative damage. We propose that oral dietary supplements, which enhance endogenous antioxidant enzymes, can prevent damage caused by reactive oxygen species, thereby limiting pathways that lead to skin aging.’


Can antioxidant protection be found in professional facials?

Professional facials offer intensive antioxidant protection by applying quality natural skincare of exclusive potency.  Well-read aestheticians at leading day spas have been aware of the critical need to inhibit degradation of skin cells by applying advanced therapies in tandem with nutrient rich ‘anti-O’ such as vitamin C face wash and a highly concentrated daily serum that are safe for home use as well.  As they help clients develop a customized daily face care regime they share the following advantages of this critical compound:

  • Slows the onset of the signs of aging
  • Restores cellular strength
  • Revives exuberance

Of the effectiveness of antioxidants, Dr. Adam Mamelak, board-certified dermatologist at Sanova Dermatology says, “our skin cells are under a continual barrage of attack from free radicals…shouldn’t we look for ways to ward off these insults?” He acknowledges that these microbes break down skin cells and expedite aging if unchecked.

With this in mind, consult with your skilled aesthetician for the latest antioxidant research and face care specific to your skin type.  While you’re at it there are food that are known sources of abundant antioxidants worth adding to your diet.  In a serving of pomegranate, dark berries (blueberries, blackberries), red beans, plums and red wine.  Take a look at webmd for other anti-o rich foods at

Deanna Lane has a BFA from Pratt Institute and a Masters degree in cultural anthropology from New Mexico State University–now writing health and wellness articles for Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary in NYC.  Otherwise-trekking the national museum scene…