Our bodies are constantly at work. Sometimes, there is a lack of production of certain chemicals, oils or other important factors that normally help keep your body at 100%. Other times, your body produces things like harmful molecules that develop that should be combatted through use of things like antioxidants. In this particular instance, these harmful molecules are free radicals.
What are free radicals?
According to Dr. Noelani Gonzálex, M.D. director of cosmetic dermatology at Mount Sinai West in NYC, free radicals are unstable, highly reactive molecules that damage cells and cause aging. However, our bodies combat this by using naturally produced antioxidants.
There should be a balance, but when this falls off, typically underproduction of antioxidants, the free radicals are unchecked and left to dominate. The best way to fight the production and severity of free radicals is by protecting your skin from the sun through sunscreen, particularly protection from UVA and UVB rays. But sunscreen isn't the only way. Another system to help manage free radical damage is to use skincare produts with antioxidants.
Which antioxidants should I look for?
According to the US National Library of Medicine, the following vitamins are particularly important when looking for ways to prevent free radicals:
A water-soluble antioxidant, vitamin C is the primary line of defense against free radicals in whole blood and plasma. Inhibiting lipid peroxidation and helping to regenerate vitamin E, Y. Claire Chang, MD, says it prevents aging skin and brown or dark spots and stimulates collagen.
Vitamin E is found in cell membranes and near lipoproteins. It protects against oxidative damage and also prevents atherosclerosis.
Cartoenoids are lipid-soluble antioxidants that help prevent inflammation, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, and mortality. They can also improve the status of other antioxidants, and work against lipid peroxidation.
A hormone synthesized from serotonin, melatonin has been associated with regulating the circadian rhythm and has been shown to prevent oxidative damage in cells.
Where can I find these?
You can find skincare products with these ingredients and properties almost anywhere. They will have them in store or online at numerous places, and it will be really simple to determine whether or not they have the antioxidants you're looking for. It should always have an ingredients section in which the active antioxidants are listed.
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