The public enemy number one when it comes to aging is – free radicals. Our bodies create them naturally, particularly when exposed to sunlight or when we are stressed. Excessive exercise also sets off an avalanche of free radical production, due to increased intake of oxygen.
Modern Life free radical givers-In the course of modern life, we are attacked by many more free radicals- in smoke, toxins, chemicals and other pollutants in the air and in our food. What they do is trigger perioxidation, in less than a blink of an eye. This perioxidation leads to oxidation, which in turn leads to cell breakdown. Cells, organs and tissues break down and decay, resulting in skin aging.
Cascading free radicals- These ‘cellular terrorists’ are highly unstable molecules which are deficient of a negative charge called an electron. So they rush around inside cells seeking that missing electron ‘mate’ in order to become stable. During this process, however, they cause other molecules to become unstable- triggering a chain reaction that produces thousands of free radicals.
Science of Aging-In the skin, free radicals attack the repair mechanism, together with the DNA itself (the genetic material responsible for cell production). Free radicals react with protein in the cell’s collagen and lipid membrane, resulting in loss of elasticity, slackness, discoloration and wrinkles. The rate at which this damage shows up depends partly on how well your skin can defend itself against these destructive free radicals. From as early as the mid twenties, however, our natural defense mechanisms become depleted, particularly under emotional or physical stress, so the skin becomes unable to defend itself from this attack, resulting in the visible signs of aging.
The antidote? While the body manufactures some free radical neutralizers, science is looking at ways of increasing that supply, and the best candidates so far are antioxidant vitamins. For now, skin creams and serums featuring antioxidants, eating a diet rich in Vitamins A, C, E and also taking antioxidant supplements seems to be the wisest insurance policy, working to prevent and even reverse damage to the face and body.
Make antioxidants your best friend to combat skin aging.
Happy Skin= Happy You 🙂