Antioxidants after the Sun

Summer can be a glorious time for all things outside but along with it can come an increase in sun exposure. While sun exposure is necessary for the synthesis of vitamin D3 in the epidermis, too much of it can cause damage to the skin and can go on to cause oxidative stress within our bodies.

Oxidative stress is a condition in which there is an imbalance of free radicals to antioxidants. These free radicals can be naturally occur in the body and used as a defense mechanism during an illness. They can also be formed during metabolism or due to exposure of environmental toxins.

Over time the buildup of these free radicals is what can cause harm to the body. This buildup can contribute to heart disease, different illnesses, premature aging and even different types of cancer. This is where antioxidants come in to help. Antioxidants are compounds that work to neutralize the free radicals so they cause less harm. These essential for life nutrients can provide a range of benefits for both the body and skin, especially after sun exposure. 

Our bodies produce our own antioxidants, such as glutathione, which is necessary for cellular repair. Others like vitamin C and E, we need to consume through the foods that we eat. We are fortunate to have access to whole foods, both plant and animal-based, which provide us with the nutrients our bodies need. Consuming a full range of "whole foods" is just one way to give our bodies the antioxidants it needs to be protected from excess free radicals.

When it comes to skin health, topical application of these plant-based nutrients can help to reduce free radicals and protect against premature aging. Studies have shown that applying antioxidants to the skin after sun exposure can help reduce redness, inflammation and DNA damage caused by UV radiation. They work topically to help combat oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals and reducing inflammation in the skin. In addition, antioxidants can also help repair and regenerate skin cells, promoting a faster recovery from sun damage. When spending time in the sun consistency with a mineral sunscreen and consuming fresh, antioxidant rich foods are great ways to help prevent this oxidative stress. When the day is over reach for products that are rich in these vital nutrients to help repair and replenish skin topically. 

Here are a few of our favorite vitamin C and E rich foods and products that provide powerful antioxidants for body and skin.

 Vitamin C Vitamin E
Cherries Sunflower oil & seeds
Cantelope Wheatgerm oil


Chili Peppers Peanut butter
Kale Spinach
Sweet Yellow Peppers Pumpkin
Broccoli Butternut Squash
Lemon Hazelnuts
Brussel Sprouts Salmon


 Vitamin C Vitamin E
Sweet Orange & Ginger Lip Balm Carrot & Rose Eye Repair
Lavender & Primrose Moisturizer Rosemary & Lavender Moisturizer Stick
Sweet Orange & Rose Facial Toner Lavender & Primrose Moisturizer
Lavender & Peppermint Lip Balm Hepburn Facial Mask
Red Clay Facial Mask Sweet Orange & Ginger Lip Balm
Carrot & Rose Eye Repair Blue Green Algae Facial Mask
Sweet Orange & Ginger Lip Balm Rosemary Mint Moisturizer
Bergamot & Lavender Body Balm Pigmentation Facial Mask
Rosemary Mint Moisturizer Bergamot & Lavender Body Balm