The Secret Ingredient: Zeaxanthin
Zeaxanthin is most well-known for creating the yellow/orange pigment in foods and spices such as paprika, corn, and saffron. This carontenoid, which helps to protect plants and micro-organisms from UV damage is also found in our retinas, making it a popular supplement for eye health. However, it’s photo-damage fighting power doesn’t stop there, because it is also harnessed as a secret ingredient in some of our favorite beauty products!
As we age, our skin loses its ability to produce collagen and elastin, causing it to become thin, dry, and to show signs of aging and hyperpigmentation. Zeaxanthin acts as a powerful antioxidant, reducing inflammation and protecting against the effects of UV damage. Check out the products below that help to reverse the signs of photo-damage and leave you with radiant, glowing skin!
Using zeaxanthin derived from paprika peppers, ZSS Skincare uses both a topical and a nutricosmetics approach to even skin tone and promote health. Together the supplements and serum work to generate a radiance from the inside, out. You can choose from Method No. 1 for Radiant Skin which repairs dry, damaged skin, reduces redness, firms, and tones or Method No. 2 for Clear Skin which manages breakouts, reduces the appearance of pores, and evens skin tone. Both methods will leave you with an actual glow thanks to the zeaxanthin! 30-day supply of the daily supplements and serum, $160; zss-skincare.com
This vegan blemish fighter has a pH of 3.5 which exfoliates gently while it infuses AHA and salicylic acid into the problem area. Thanks to the aloe base and antioxidants (like zeaxanthin!) it’s safe for sensitive and mature skin. $25.89; drugstore.com
In “The Secret Ingredient!” we showcase a mix of popular and not-so-well-known power-player ingredients found in your favorite products and detail their benefits, unveil some fun facts, and share products and treatments you can find them in! Have an ingredient you want to learn more about? Tell us what it is below!