Topical antioxidants – vitamins A, C & E

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Acerola Cherry
Acerola Cherry is exceptionally high in vitamin C. Extracts of acerola are used for their antioxidant, skin-protecting and fortifying properties.

Found in: Cleansing Cream, Regenerating Body Cream, Regenerating Day Cream, Regenerating Eye Cream Regenerating Neck and Décolleté Cream

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Wild Carrot
From the wild carrot (daucus carota) we obtain an oily extract which is rich in provitamin A (carotenoids). This cares for the skin and makes it soft and supple. It gives skin care products a natural yellow colour.

Found in: After Sun, Bronzing Powder, Clarifying Day Oil, Concealer 01, 02, 03, Coverstick 01-03, Eye Balm, Foundation 01-05, Hydrating Hand Cream, Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Milk, Lip Balm, Lip Care Stick, Lipstick 01, 03, 04 07, 09, 13, 15, 16, Lipstick Novum 04, 09, 10, 12, Melissa Day Cream, Quince Day Cream, Quince Hydrating Body Milk, Revitalising Day Cream, Revitalising Mask

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Rose Hips
Dog rose (Rosa canina), a vigorous relative of the hybrid tea rose, bears red, vitamin C rich fruits: the rose hips. Rose hip extract strengthens and cares for the skin. Dr.Hauschka uses extracts prepared using our own special rhythmic processes.

Found in: After Sun, Lip Care Stick, Lipstick 01, 03, 04, 07, 09, 13, 15, 16, Lipstick Novum 04, 09, 10, 12, Rose Day Cream, Rose Day Cream Light, Rose Nurturing Body Cream, Sensitive Care Conditioner

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Raspberry Seed Oil
The raspberry is a relative of the rose. A fruity, fine oil with a high Vitamin E content is obtained from its seeds, which preserves the youthfulness of the skin. About 10 kilograms of these small, light seeds are needed to obtain a kilogram of this expensive seed oil.

Found in: Regenerating Day Cream

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Wheat Germ
Wheat germ produces a light, vitamin E rich oil which stimulates the skin’s restorative powers.

Found in: Clarifying Day Oil, Cleansing Cream, Hydrating Hand Cream, Lip Balm, Revitalising Mask, Strengthening Hair Treatment

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Eating your antioxidants

The three major antioxidant vitamins are beta-carotene (provitamin A), vitamin C, and vitamin E. You’ll find them in colourful fruits and vegetables, especially those with purple, blue, red, orange and yellow hues.

Beta-carotene and other carotenoids: apricots, asparagus, beetroot, broccoli, rock melon, carrots, corn, capsicum, kale, mangoes, turnip, cabbage, nectarines, peaches, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, squash, spinach, sweet potato, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelon

Vitamin C: berries, cherries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, rock melon, cauliflower, grapefruit, honeydew, kale, kiwi, mango, nectarine, orange, papaya, snow peas, sweet potato, strawberries, tomatoes, and red, green or yellow capsicum

Vitamin E: broccoli, carrots, cherries, silver beet, mustard and turnip greens, mangoes, nuts, papaya, pumpkin, red capsicum, spinach and sunflower seeds

These foods are also rich in antioxidants:

Prunes, apples, raisins, plums, red grapes, alfalfa sprouts, onions, eggplant and beans.

Other antioxidants that can help keep you healthy include:

Zinc: oysters, red meat, poultry, beans, nuts, seafood, whole grains, fortified cereals and dairy products

Selenium : Brazil nuts, tuna, beef, poultry, fortified breads and other grain products

Cooking tip: To get the biggest benefits of antioxidants, eat these foods raw or lightly steamed. Don’t overcook or boil them.

BTW: I’ve just discovered I can eat Brussel sprouts, chopped finely and in a coleslaw with apple and carrot, who knew! I’ve never been able to stomach them cooked.

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