Vitamins, minerals and enzymes are all antioxidants for skin that can prevent or repair damage. Antioxidants can counteract the effects of oxidant radicals or free radicals. Antioxidants bind to the free radicals and deactivates them before they can cause harm.
One source of antioxidants can be found in berries. Ellagic acid is a antioxidant found in berries like raspberries, strawberries, pomegranates, and cranberries. This acid protects skin from UV damage by blocking MMP (matrix metalloproteinase) enzymes that break down collagen in damaged skin cells and reduced inflammation.
Green Tea has also been shown to possess anti-inflammatory activity. It contains polyphenols. The main polyphenol in green tea is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Scientific studies suggest that EGCG and other green tea polyphenols may prevent skin tumors from starting or growing.
Researchers continue to study the effects of how topical antioxidants for skin can help with wrinkles, wound healing and skin cancer.