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Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are the well-known enemy for your youthful skin. ╮(╯▽╰)╭ They are overly reactive molecules with oxygen in them, and they are made as byproducts of normal metabolism. ROS are considered as one of the primary cause of accelerated aging, and it is known that exposures to UV, pollution and stress increase the production of ROS. So we need to protect ourselves from ROS with antioxidants for a healthier life and agelessly glowing skin.  

 Actually, our body has plenty of defense mechanism against ROS such as SOD(superoxide dismutase),  CAT (catalase), and GPX (glutathione peroxidase). SOD removes superoxide that made through usual metabolism; CAT gets rid of peroxides and GPX deals with hydroxyl radicals. (I know, it's a lot of chemistry, but don't worry. I will reveal the beauty secret from the science of ROS, soon(^^).) 

 If they (SOD, CAT, GPX) were able to free us from the ROS, it would be graceful, but as we age, the secretion of those enzymes decreases. The bad news is ongoing UV, stress and pollution intensify the aging of our cells. But always good news comes after the bad news (Karma, huh?) We, human beings have identified many supplemental antioxidants, and they are widely available on the market. So prepares a list of products that contains excellent antioxidants for your dewy and radiant skin. 

Glutathione is a well-known antioxidant, and it prevents cellular damage from free radicals and other ROSs. If it is used as a topical cosmetic, it also inhibits melanosynthesis (it means they block the creation of pigmentations on your skin) and promotes the skin brightening.
Surmedic Bright-Glutathione Mask Sheet: Relatively new to the market. Glutathione and other antioxidants brighten your skin and help prevent other skin impurities. 
2.Vitamin C

Probably, everyone knows about Vitamin C’s antioxidant function. Vitamin C is relatively inexpensive (both orally taken tablets or cosmetics) but it is one of the most studied, proven and potent antioxidants.

Mediheal I.P.I Lightmax Hydro Nude Gel Mask: This hydrogel mask from the most popular sheet mask brand (Mediheal) in Korea contain Ascorbyl Glucoside (vitamin c derivative) makes your skin visibly radiant and moisturized in 20 min
3. Panax Ginseng Extract

Red ginseng is a Korean specialty from long times ago. Recently, many researchers have proved red ginseng's ability to reduce oxidative stress in the skin cells. If you are a k-beauty fan, it is worth to try cosmetics with ginseng extract in it.   

This cream used Panax ginseng water as base (meaning, they replaced water with ginseng water.) It contains a decent amount of moisturizing agent and niacinamide for brightening function.

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 Prasad, Sahdeo; Srivastava, Smita; Singh, Madhulika; Shukla, Yogeshwer (2009). "Clastogenic Effects of Glyphosate in Bone Marrow Cells of Swiss Albino Mice". Journal of Toxicology 2009: 1–6.

 Ramesh T1, Kim SW, Hwang SY, Sohn SH, Yoo SK, Kim SK.(2012) “Panax ginseng reduces oxidative stress and restores antioxidant capacity in aged rats” Nutritional Res. 2012 Sep; 32(9):718-26. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2012.08.005.

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