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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