What You Don’t Know About Antioxidants and Tanning

I’m amazed how often deeply tanned women ask me about topical antioxidants for wrinkles.

If you have $100 worth of antioxidants and anti-aging creams in your bathroom, and you have a tan, we need to talk.

The amount of oxidation damage that you’re doing to your skin by tanning far exceeds the minuscule benefit any topical antioxidant cream could provide.

It’s like being 75 pounds overweight and having ketchup with your bacon cheese burger and fries because you heard that ketchup has lycopene which prevents diabetes.

If you’re concerned about wrinkles, brown spots, and other signs of aging, then the sun is always bad for you. You should wear sunscreen and protect against sun exposure as much as possible.

Purposely tanning your skin while trying to fight off aging with topical antioxidants and wrinkle creams is a losing battle. You would be far better off to avoid the sun completely without using any cosmetics than to spend hundreds of dollars on antioxidants creams only to purposely expose yourself to powerfully oxidizing radiation.

Photo credit: FCC, Steven DePolo

13 thoughts on “What You Don’t Know About Antioxidants and Tanning

  1. I’m one of those persons that is concerned about wrinkles and brown spots. I don’t know if has anything to do with my age, but I’m getting really worried sometimes.

    What sun can you recommend me? Wich one do you think is the best? :)

  2. Great point! Too many people think that the marginal benefits of something easy, like ketchup or anti-oxidants, as you pointed out, can outweigh the more serious problems they choose to ignore.

  3. The scientific data are overwhelming on this issue. Anyone who doesn’t get it by know just doesn’t want to listen. Great post. Thanks.

  4. Great points! Love this —–>”The amount of oxidation damage that you’re doing to your skin by tanning far exceeds the minuscule benefit any topical antioxidant cream could provide”

  5. I know quite a few people who are like this, they think that anti-aging creams are going to help when they go tanning almost everyday. Sunscreen there is your answer.

  6. Great post and a little scary as I know a lot of people you need to talk to. I do love the analogy in one of the post.- “That really is ridiculous. Almost like people who get fast food every day looking for diet pills “

  7. I’m soooo glad I found this post. I was just trying to explain to a friend why she shouldn’t bother spending $50 on each anti-aging product if she’s just going spend time in the sun without spf!

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