Antioxidants Protect Skin
April 14, 2007 11:59am CST
If you live in a sunny clime or are planning a winter vacation, take heed: sunscreens are helpful, but they don't completely block the sun's rays. But a researcher says that liberal application of topical vitamin E or vitamin C can help reverse much of the damage wrought by the ultraviolet light. A special laser fluorescence imaging microscope to peer into the main protective barrier of the skin, and found that sun exposure generated free radicals that damaged skin cells. Vitamin E and especially vitamin C significantly reduced free radical generation. Hanson's advice: "The next time you are going out to bake in the sun, wear plenty of sunscreen. And use one that has an antioxidant."