Antioxidant botanicals maintain skin health in the face of environmental exposures

Antioxidant botanicals maintain skin health in the face of environmental exposures

 

Staying safe in the sun means more than just wearing sunscreen. To start, the type of sun protection you choose is critical, since many commercial brands contain synthetics like oxybenzone, homosalate and octocrylene: chemical ingredients that can disrupt your cellular health, hormone balance and harm the environment.

According to the Environmental Working Group, better sunscreen alternatives include zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, since they can provide moderate protection without the same hazards as other chemical sun blockers. However, tiny microscopic particles — nano-materials — in these mineral-based products still make them risky in powdered or spray-on forms, due to inhalation concerns. This is especially important to keep in mind with children.

Honokiol Supports Skin Health During Sun Exposure

Over the last few years, published studies have emerged highlighting the ability of antioxidants found in certain botanicals and foods to provide additional support for skin health during sun exposure. Some studies show that eating an abundance of antioxidant and nutrient-rich foods like brightly colored fruits and vegetables, sprouted grains and legumes, healthy fats and lean protein, can help your skin protect itself against sun damage.

One recent review published April 2018 in the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology listed pure honokiol from magnolia bark as a top antioxidant supplement to support skin health during sun exposure. Because of its powerful, free radical scavenging actions and ability to promote favorable gene expression in specific areas, honokiol was named an excellent choice for supporting healthy skin against prolonged sun exposure.

Honopure - 98 percent pure honokiolEcoNugenics recommends HonoPure® 98% pure honokiol. HonoPure has powerful free radical scavenging abilities. It also supports neurological function and a healthy mood and promotes cellular health in numerous organs, including skin.*

Padma Basic Supports Healthy Collagen

Padma Basic nutritional supplements support healthy circulationAnother excellent antioxidant supplement shown in over 30 published studies to offer a diverse range of benefits, including support for healthy skin, is Padma Basic®. The botanical ingredients in Padma Basic are high in antioxidant compounds including polyphenols, bioflavonoids and essential oils that work together to promote key areas of health.*

One pre-clinical study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology showed that Padma Basic promotes collagen formation, suggesting its application as an effective skin health supplement.*

Inflammatory Diet = Greater Sun Damage

It is equally important to avoid inflammatory foods like refined carbohydrates, sugar, trans-fats and other unhealthy ingredients. These items can wreak havoc throughout the body by disrupting cellular signals, damaging DNA, and fueling chronic inflammation. This, in turn, weakens your skin’s defenses against the damage caused by prolonged UV ray exposure.
We can benefit from a moderate amount of sun exposure to create vitamin D. However, it is essential to avoid spending hours in the sun, particularly during peak times (10 AM to 4 PM). With the right sun protection, targeted antioxidants, and a nutrient-dense diet, we can stay healthy as we enjoy the long summer days.
Sources:
Spencer, D., et al. Front Pharmacol. 2018; 9: 392.
Aslam M N, et al. Journal of Investigative Dermatology. 2005; 124:3.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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