You may not see it, but your skin is under attack constantly by free radicals. These are damaging molecules that come from light, pollution, cigarette smoke, and more. A little chemistry lesson? Free radicals are dangerous as each one is missing an electron. This spurs them to start a search-and-destroy mission within the deeper layers of your skin to make themselves whole again. If you replace that missing electron, you render them (mostly) harmless. And that’s where antioxidants come into play, as they come with electrons to neutralize them.
GOING IN-DEPTH: WHAT EXACTLY ARE FREE RADICALS? HOW HARMFUL ARE THEY?
Free radicals are tiny reactive oxygen molecules that can cause damage to our skin by damaging our skin cells, DNA, and collagen production. We produce some internally as cells turn over, but the rest come from external threats like UV rays and pollution. These are also the culprits responsible for deteriorating plastics, fading paint, degrading works of art… And for the skin? Visible ageing. Free radical damage can cause wrinkles, sagging, and roughness.
Here’s a list of some common stressors and known sources of free radicals:
- Everyday air pollutants
- UV rays
- Up to 80% of free radical damage is caused by the sun. We suggest using a broad spectrum SPF like the Flawless – Skin Perfecting Moisturizer SPF20
- Lack of sleep and exercise
- Fried foods
Skin damage from free radicals may appear in several forms. They range from changes in skin colour (brown spots and broken blood vessels) to weakened, loose and saggy skin due to damaged elastic fibres. Free radicals can also break down the skin’s collagen and create wrinkles.
HOW DO I PREVENT DAMAGE FROM FREE RADICALS?
The answer to combating free radicals: antioxidants.
Antioxidants are a group of beneficial nutrients – vitamins, minerals and enzymes. An antioxidant is capable of slowing or preventing the oxidation of other molecules as they help remove free radicals’ damage from these cells. That is, they slow down and can even stop this oxidative damage that causes the skin to age. Antioxidants are reducing agents. Meaning antioxidants reduce the damaging oxidative process in cells, including skin cells.
The Intensive – HA+ Hydrating Serum is packed full of antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C and K. These help your skin fight free radicals by protecting and promoting the building blocks of collagen! In addition, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) act like “sponges” for water. It keeps your skin hydrated and ensures that it stays that way. #StayHAdrated with the Intensive – HA+ Hydrating Serum! A mix of super-hydrating ingredients with anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-ageing properties, it helps with cell renewal whilst retaining moisture.
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