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Our skin is one of our first lines of defence, as well as our second largest organ (the fascial system of connective tissues throughout the body is actually our largest organ), so it pays to protect it. Antioxidants are key helpers in this. They limit the production of free radicals, which can damage skin cells. They reduce signs of ageing, help to repair sun damage, soothe and calm inflammation, firm and plump the skin so improving the appearance of wrinkles, and smooth scar tissue. They also extend the shelf life of natural vegetable oils by retarding rancidity.
We’ve had some beautiful sunny weather recently, and it’s been a real treat. Spending time in the garden, taking a walk in the park, enjoying a day on the beach – all of these are great for our health and wellbeing, as we absorb that vital vitamin D and the feel-good benefits of warm sunshine. But it’s all too easy to stay out in the sun a little longer than planned, and come home with sore, red areas on our skin.