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
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:
7 Vitamins for Great-Looking Skin from the Inside Out
Minerals for Great-Looking Skin from the Inside Out
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