You will typically hear these two words a lot from your skin therapist, in articles on skin care packaging but do we really know what they are? These two words are usually associated with each other like a Hero and a villain in a movie.
Free radicals (Villain) are molecules that contain oxygen, these molecules have an uneven number of electrons. Because of the uneven number of electrons free radicals react easily with other molecules making them unstable. This happens in a chain reaction and can spread from cell to cell creating oxidative stress. Free radicals contribute to accelerated ageing and they are everywhere: internal through the waste of the chemical reactions, outside in the pollution, the cigarette smoke, through poor diet, Blue light through our phones, radiation, stress and if you think at work your safe in air conditioning think again.
Antioxidants (Hero) can give away an electron and still remain a stable molecule. Antioxidants travel through blood vessels to reach the cells that have been damaged by the free radicals and give their extra electron to the free radical to naturalise them and repair the damage. Antioxidants help keep our body’s defence system intact by reducing the amount of free radicals in our body.
It is a natural process that occurs in the body however Oxidative stress is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants and this can lead to disease in the body. It is important to increase the levels of antioxidants in your body through exercising and eating healthier foods rich in antioxidants like carrots, berries, tomato’s and citrius fruits as well as nuts and green tea.
Protecting our body internally is essential but through skin care it is just as important because our skin is the largest organ of our body and we absorb a lot through our pores not just on the face but our whole body. Through skin care we can help to naturalise the free radicals before they are absorbed into our body, essentially providing ample extra electrons ready for the free radicals to take. Fantastic antioxidants used in skin care include, zinc, Green tea, Aloe Vera, Vitamin A, C, E and B, sodium PCA, berry extracts, soy extracts and so many more.
Classic Skin Care and Medik8 are packed full of antioxidants because we know the importance of neutralising the harmful effects of free radicals. Antioxidants are usually talked about to prevent ageing but every skin needs some extra protection.