When they’re good: Believe it or not, you can actually think of antioxidants as very dark color pigments. Every time you eat berries or greens, notice the deep color of pumpkin seed oil or the bright red of a supplement like krill oil, you are interacting with antioxidants. Typically the deeper and more intense the hue, the more antioxidants that are present. It’s even why some people choose red wine over white. And antioxidants, as you may know, are fantastic when it comes to anti aging skincare. They’re a must, in fact, and consequently dark colored plant pigments are a must as well. The reason they are a must is because they fight and neutralize free radicals, the never ending perpetrators of fine lines, wrinkles, sagging and other signs of aging. They both protect against and get rid of existing free radicals. So, next time you’re shopping for skincare or reading an ingredient label, look for things with brightly colored pigments like berries, pumpkin, pomegranate and even exotic ingredients like spirulina; they’re full of antioxidants.
When they’re bad: You might have guessed it, but dark pigments are “bad” when they’re spread across your skin in the form of hyper pigmentation or post inflammatory pigmentation. Both of these types of pigmentation are the result of inflammation—the exact thing that antioxidants, coincidentally, fight against and reduce—and can mottle the complexion of your skin for months before finally fading away. Some people find they are more prone to developing hyper/post inflammatory pigmentation than others and need to be more vigilant about trying to prevent it than others. Generally, you want to avoid doing things like picking at your skin, which causes inflammation and trauma that can then lead to dark spots. Sometimes a dark spot can form after a blemish has gone away as well. To help reduce and fade pigmented spots on the skin, you want to use anti aging skincare ingredients like Frankincense essential oil, Niacinamide and plenty of antioxidants. Unfortunately this type of skin issue can take a while to resolve itself, so patience is needed as you continue to take care of your skin. The best thing you can do is keep your hands off, continue using your anti aging skincare of choice, and feed your skin lots of (coincidentally) deeply pigmented antioxidants.