Flavonoids – A Must-have Component of Your Skincare Routine
If you’re concerned about your skin and believe that a glowing skin is not only beautiful but healthy too, there is a high possibility that you have heard about ‘flavonoids’. As such, flavonoids have a number of benefits to our health; but one of them may attract you the most and it’s for your skin. Let’s see what flavonoids are and how they can benefit your skin.
What are Flavonoids?
Flavonoids are a class of more than 4,000 plant-derived chemicals aka phytochemicals which have a similar molecular structure. From the point of view of their structure, flavonoids are a kind of “polyphenols” which are a group of molecules in plants that play a variety of roles such as fighting infection, helping reproduction and protecting against the damage caused by the UV rays of the sun. So, if they can protect plants from the UV rays, why won’t they do the same to human skin?
How Flavonoids Protect from the Damage Caused by UV Rays
UV rays from the sun are of two types – UV-A and UV-B. UV-A rays make up to 95% of all the sun’s UV radiation that reaches the earth and they have the power to reach more deeply in your skin than UV-B rays. They cause tanning and they cause aging, loss of skin’s suppleness and wrinkles too. They even can cause some types of skin cancers. UV-B rays mainly cause sunburn, free radical formation, DNA damage and also some types of skin cancers.
Flavonoids, in plants, safely absorb UV radiation thereby avoiding UV damage to surrounding cells. They are also antioxidants; so, they scavenge free radicals. Lastly, they can repair the damaged DNA. Thus, when applied to human skin, flavonoids can reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging, sunburn, cancer development and other skin damage caused by UV light. No wonder, they are one of the main ingredients of the wonderful formulation of Biologique Recherche P50 Pigm 400 Lotion.
Tropical Application of Flavonoids
While flavonoids are present in many natural foods like green tea, soy, dark chocolate and red wine, applying creams and ointments containing flavonoids to skin should be a good way to get flavonoids for the skin. Studies have found beneficial effects of applying extracts of flavonoid-containing foods to the skin.
All in all, your skincare routine should now include getting flavonoid-containing foods in your diet and applying flavonoid-containing formulations to your skin to avoid or reduce wrinkles, other signs of aging and UV damage, and to get a glowing skin.