What makes our bars so good for you and your skin?
Antioxidants (like the Vitamin E and C in Waxhead bars) protect against cellular damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
Here’s how the process works: UV light damages skin cells, which then release oxygen molecules called free radicals. If free radicals damage your DNA, they can alter it, and skin cells may turn cancerous and replicate.
The good news is that having a large amount of antioxidants in your skin and body may neutralize the free radicals and thus prevent or slow skin cancer growth.
Our bars contain lots of antioxidants for skin health, along with all-natural whole food ingredients. These give you lasting energy and satisfy the hunger produced by significant sun-rich, outdoor activity. And to help skin specifically defend itself against the sun, our bars deliver large amounts of key antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins that support healthy skin function.
The two most important such ingredients are vitamins C and E. Here’s a rundown of why those vitamins matter so much.
“Your diet directly affects your day-to-day appearance and plays a significant role in how well you age.”
A key nutrient for the human body, vitamin C prevents many diseases and boosts immune system power. Tendons and ligaments need it to remain healthy and strong. Vitamin C affects cells on the inside and outside of the body, and with significant daily intake, it does many helpful things for the skin.
As an antioxidant it counters free radicals, protecting skin from UV ray damage, and can actually help reverse some radiation damage. Regarded as a wrinkle-fighting, anti-aging agent, it increases synthesis of collagen (a structural protein found in skin), helping scars and other skin defects heal more quickly.
Large amounts are key
Based on multiple studies, these benefits rely on consistent, daily vitamin C intake of 500 milligrams or more, much higher than the daily value of 90 milligrams per day recommended for adults. So unless very large amounts of fruits and vegetables can be eaten regularly, a supplement is needed.
Inside the body, oxygen becomes reactive through certain molecules, causing damage via free radicals. This is known as oxidative stress, which has the potential to deconstruct and damage DNA. Vitamin E counters this stress by protecting lipids (the building blocks of cell membranes and other biochemical structures) from free radical damage and oxidation.
Vitamin E also helps protect the skin against UV rays, and it heals burns, cuts and scars more quickly. It slows the oxidation process of fats and other types of nutrients, providing a protective membrane around parts of the body most prone to oxidation, and it helps support elasticity of the skin and arteries, encouraging healthy blood flow.
Large amounts are also key
Studies show these benefits rely on consistent, daily vitamin E intake of 150 milligrams or more, much higher than the daily value of 15 milligrams per day recommended for adults. Since few foods contain significant amounts of vitamin E, most adults should take some form of an E supplement.
Antioxidants for Skin Health: The Synergy of Vitamins C and E
Antioxidants tend to work well with other antioxidants, combining to magnify positive effects. Multiple clinical studies have shown that combination of vitamins C and E protects skin against UV damage.
Co-supplementation with vitamins C and E show increased photoprotection from UV light in skin, and the combination of the vitamins is associated with lower amounts of DNA damage after UV exposure.