Antioxidants: The Answer to Aging Strands

Your skin isn’t the only part of your body that should be treated with anti-aging ingredients. Dryness, frizz and breakage are all normal age-related hair changes. Luckily, they can be prevented and fixed. We know that incorporating antioxidants into our diet and skin care is beneficial as we age, but it’s also beneficial in our hair care.

Sun, smoke and pollution cause oxidation (changes to cell makeup that cause cell death). Impossible to be completely void of free radicals, since the body produces them, antioxidants (natural protectors from plants, fruits and vitamins) limit their effect. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals to keep hair healthy and strong. Some say that flooding the hair with antioxidants prevents hair loss, since certain ones, like green tea and vitamins, are thought to promote hair growth and prevent the follicle from shrinking. No scientific studies have yet been able to validate the theory.

“Antioxidants are extremely beneficial in the prevention of hair loss as well as stimulating new, healthy hair growth,” says Sheri Román of Román Salon in Los Angeles. “Some of the most powerful ones are green tea, blueberries and grape seed extract.” More and more hair products are incorporating these ingredients into their formulas. Look for hair products that contain antioxidants like Peter Lamas Chinese Herbs Regenerating Scalp Serum ($45), which harnesses the power of botanicals and Chinese herbs, all rich in antioxidants to promote healthier hair.

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