July 23 2014

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The Best Antioxidants For Antiaging


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 so many antioxidants on the market these days targeting so many things, I would just like to know which ones are the best to take orally for their antiaging ability?

Antioxidants are like antibiotics—they each address different needs. Therefore, I would recommend a combination of antioxidants for the most comprehensive internal approach to antiaging. Some of my favorites are grape seed, pomegranate extract, and goji berry extract. But antioxidants alone aren’t the answer to antiaging. Combine your antioxidant supplementation with amino acids to help build collagen and elastin, omega-3′s to help attract water to your cells, and glucosamine to help improve overall skin health.

A board-certified dermatologist with a private practice in El Segundo, California, Dr. Howard Murad is a trained pharmacist and an associate clinical professor of medicine (dermatology) at UCLA. With insights derived from treating a patient base of over 50,000 people, he developed his eponymous line of skincare products and has authored two books on the topics of aging and cellulite, respectively.
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