September 3 2014

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Antioxidants: To Put On, Or To Take In. That Is The Question


This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. The following query was culled from a private stock, but we’ll be accepting readers’ questions soon.

With all the hype about antioxidants these days, I feel like they’re in everything—from what I put in my body to what I put on my body. Are they more effective when ingested or when they’re applied topically?

Antioxidants provide great benefits in fighting signs of aging both inside and out. I recommend a three-tiered program of antioxidant-rich foods, antioxidant supplements, and topical antioxidants because they will work synergistically to create beautiful skin externally and healthy organ systems, including skin, internally. Antioxidants are nature’s anti-inflammatories, and it is inflammation that accelerates the aging process.

Nicholas Perricone, M.D. and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, is a board-certified clinical and research dermatologist as well as the CEO of NV Perricone MD. The author of three New York Times No. 1 best-sellers, he is regarded as the father of the inflammation theory of aging. Known for a holistic approach to aging and general skincare, he treats his patients in three ways: through diet, nutriceutical supplements, and an eponymous line of cosmeceuticals.

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  1. hotbeautyhealth says:

    I’ve always wondered which was better. I always ingested food and beverages with antioxidants such as green tea but now I’ll also consider topical antioxidants since using both is more effective. Thanks for the post.

  2. vtrimble says:

    In Dr. Perricone’s book “The Perricone Promise” he lists what he calls the top ten super foods. He starts the list with the acai berry from the Brazilian rain forest. This berry was tested by the USDA as having an ORAC(antioxidant level) rating of 1027. Ten times higher than raspberries. The sample of acai berry that the USDA tested was sent by Monarch Health Systems, producers of Monavie. Monavie has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey show as well as on the Rachel Ray show and others. They talked about the anti-aging properties of Monavie as well as the overall health benefits.

    What if it really works?

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