When skin is exposed to ultraviolet radiation that causes aging of the skin. If you want to protect your skin from photo-aging and ultraviolet radiation consult your dermatologist. Dermatologist will give you advice about effective methods and formulations for healthier skin.
Many formulations have antioxidant but they are not all effective against ultraviolet radiation and photo-aging. These formulations have low concentrations of antioxidant and skin is not absorbing them enough. Only some of them will protect your skin from damage. Antioxidants which protect your skin fro ultraviolet radiation and aging are vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium.
Antioxidants prevent free radicals to damage cells and its structures. Also, they protect cellular DNA from damaging. Damaged DNA can lead to cancers. Oxidation of oxygen molecules causes creation of free radicals. Also, smoking and ultraviolet radiation can create free radicals. Free radicals cause faster aging.
If you want to use some supplements for your skin health you need to consult your dermatologist. He will help you to choose correct formulations and dosages. Only this way will be effective in protecting your skin from damages. Supplements can interact to other supplements or medications so it is very important to ask your dermatologist about it.
Vitamin C is antioxidant used against sun, pollution and smoking effects to the skin. This vitamin is naturally found in skin in larger amounts than any other antioxidant. Vitamin C is important to protect skin from free radicals, aging and cancers. Ultraviolet radiation can lower levels of vitamin C in your by 30% and ozone by city pollutions can lower it even by 55%. Vitamin C can reduce effects to your skin if it was exposed to sun for long time. If you use vitamin C 15 or 30 minutes after it was exposed to ultraviolet radiation (UV), this vitamin will help you to repair damaged skin. Vitamin decreases cells caused by sunburn. The most common form of vitamin C is L-ascorbic acid. L-ascorbic acid is very unstable and as soon as it is exposed to oxygen it breaks down and loses its effectiveness. Human body needs 500 to 1000mg of vitamin C daily. You can take these doses of vitamin C if you eat more than 5 servings of vegetables or fruit or juices. Also, you can use supplements to provide you daily dose of this vitamin.
Vitamin E is very important antioxidant. This vitamin is found in sunflower oil, oats, wheat germ, nuts, brown rice, meats and dairy products. Vitamin E inhibits free radicals, reduces sunburn cells and reduces forming of cancer cells. This vitamin protects cell membranes from damaging. Natural vitamin E is called d-alpha-tocopherol. If you combine vitamin E supplements and vitamin A supplements the risk for basal cancer cells can be reduced even by 70%. If you take 400mg of vitamin E supplements daily this will improve your skin, reduce wrinkles and damage from sun and UV. Combined with vitamin C, vitamin E is very effective against sun which causes skin damage. Vitamin E can help you if you have dry and rough skin.
Selenium is important mineral because it protects you from cancers and also skin cancer caused by sun exposure. Selenium keeps your tissues flexible. Selenium prevents hardening and aging of tissues. Selenium is found in garlic, whole grain cereals seafood and eggs. Recommended daily dose of selenium is 50 to 200 micrograms. These doses of selenium protect you from sun rays which damage skin and cause skin cancer.