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What do antioxidants do for the skin?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
A diet rich in antioxidants may improve the quality of the skin. Skin water content and fat levels increase (the more the better in the skin). The antioxidants lutein, alpha lipoic acid, vitamins C and E, carotenoids, and polyphenols improve the skin, whether they are eaten or applied in cream form. When the antioxidant vitamins C and E are included in the diet, there is less sun damage after ultraviolet light exposure. Of course, for the antioxidants to help the heart, brain, eyes, and other organs, they must be eaten.
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