Luckily, if you can’t stand popping a bunch of pills you can still get an antioxidant boost by using an antioxidant-rich lotion.
It turns out that 25-30% of our innate immune system is contained in our skin cells, so when you nourish and protect your skin you also boost your immunity.
That’s a pretty simple solution for immune health. As a bonus, your skin will also look smooth and healthy.
Which Antioxidants Do You Need?
Antioxidants, which are beneficial substances that protect our bodies from damaging molecules, come in a variety of forms. To get the most effective protection from topical antioxidants, look for lotions and creams that have a variety of antioxidants.
For instance, here are some beneficial antioxidants:
- Beta-glucan: supports skin health that is exposed to UV light, increases skin elasticity, supports DNA health
- Coenzyme Q10: increases blood supply to the skin, decreases the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and boosts skin elasticity
- Beta-carotene: supports blood supply to the skin
- Vitamins C and E: Boosts skin elasticity, smoothes rough skin, supports DNA health
If you plan to use lotion as one of your main sources of antioxidant support, look for topical creams and salves that contain a broad spectrum of these kinds of antioxidants.
One of my personal favorites is this antioxidant lotion. This lotion contains WGP beta-glucan, vitamin E, beta-carotene and more, all in a whole-food form.
Want to know more? Read more about the vitamins and minerals that support skin health and total body health:
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