Fight free radicals with Antioxidants
Updated: May 1, 2021
I love city life, but it does mean more free radicals from the pollution and the environment, therefore protection is key, but how?!
How are you protecting your skin from harmful free radicals caused by external factors such as pollution, UVA&UVB rays (sunlight)?!⠀ ⠀
What are free radicals?⠀
Our bodies deal with free radicals every single day. Free radicals are unstable (missing an electron) molecules found in the environment. Free radicals cause damage as they travel through the skin, seeking their final electron pair, until they find an unfortunate donor who, then, becomes the new free radical. Until the final free radical in the 'free radical relay' stabilises, this reaction continues on and on, puncturing cell membranes, impeding cell function, and even damaging DNA! Unfortunately, we cannot always control the environment we live in, but we can control what we put on our skin and in our bodies.⠀ ⠀
Antioxidants are the skin/body's natural
defence against free radicals!⠀
Antioxidants are molecules that can donate an electron to free radicals without becoming 'radical' themselves, neutralizing the chain of free radicals before they do too much damage. Antioxidants are the skin/body's natural defence against free radicals!⠀
What do antioxidants do for the skin?
Protect and prevent
Antioxidants protect the skin from free radical damage, therefore, preventing signs of premature ageing and damage to the skin. Preventing the breakdown of collagen, preventing wrinkles forming and sun-damage.
Antioxidants have anti-inflammatory properties, which will help protect the skin against inflammation caused by exposure to UV rays by blocking the inflammatory response the skin has to sunlight, protecting your skin further from sunburn and photo aged skin.
Antioxidants reduce inflammation, by reducing inflammation in the skin; it allows the skin to go into repair mode. Inflammation causes ageing in the skin.
Antioxidants can brighten the skin by reducing the chance of hyper-pigmentation through UV damage to the melanocytes. Antioxidants like Vitamin C can also act as a melanin suppressant, regulating the overacting melanocyte activity responsible for the Hyper-pigmentation on the skin.