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FREE RADICALS IN SKINCARE

Sounds political but fear not! This week we are addressing free radicals and what it is, what it does and what does it really mean for your skin? As we are not dermatologists we have done a little research instead, looking for answers by actual dermatologists.

 

 

  

First of all… what is a free radical and what does this have to do with skin? Free radical damage is caused by every day life, such as pollution, sun, stress, poor diet and alcohol, smoking, drugs, illness, pregnancy and even products. Which we all face every day… It can show on your skin in the form of dark spots and sun damage, visible and broken blood veins, a dull appearance, as well as wrinkles as it will break down the collagen in your skin. We also found a more scientific answer for you:

  

Dermatologist, Dr. Emma Graber explains how “absolutely everything in the world, from human beings to the air around us, is made of molecules. Molecules are made of atoms and atoms are made of pairs of electrons. But when an atom is missing an electron, that’s when we talk of free radicals. Free radicals can damage the skin by trying to grab an extra electron from atoms in the skin. When atoms are taken away from molecules in the skin, it causes damage to our skin’s DNA that can speed along skin aging. This is called the free radical theory of aging.”

 

So, how can we prevent this from happening? Damage by free radicals happens because of trauma on your skin and maybe you cannot prevent it from happening entirely, but you can limit the damages from exposure and help strengthen your skin back to perfect youthful health!

 

Antioxidants are your best free radical fighter as mentioned in last weeks post about Vitamin-C serums. Vitamin-C, A and E are great sources of antioxidants as they ” can donate an electron to a free radical so that the free radical doesn’t have to take the electron from the skin’s atoms”. So there is a way you can limit early aging or slow down the aging process by knowing what products, or what ingredients more specifically, to look for! 

 

Below are the products we have picked out for you as our special free radical fighter force. And we cannot stress it enough and we will say it again! Never forget your sunscreen! The sun is the cause of early againg and long term skin damage. Some products make your skin extra sensitive such as certain acids and Vitamin-C serums so sun protection is a must all year! And especially now as spring is here and summer right around the corner!

 

            

 

 

Sources: 

www.makeup.com (L’Oréal)

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