How to Protect your Skin from Free Radicals
Yes, you've heard these words: "free radicals."
Multiple systems in humans interact closely and keep it running: respiratory, excretory, nervous, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, etc. They are fairly well researched. But there is not a bulk of information on the antioxidant system, although in recent years a number of scientific discoveries took place. The most dramatic one is that the damaging effects of free radicals in the human body cause almost all human diseases.
Our world leaves much to be desired. We are constantly incur to factors that affect the formation of free radicals: overindulge sweets, do not protect ourselves against ultraviolet radiation, smoke, etc. And that's not to mention the environmental pollution.
Back in the 70s of the last century, experts have theorized that these molecules were blamed for the premature aging of the skin. Then it was confirmed in practice by numerous studies, and scientists have found that free radicals were unstable oxygen molecules with an unpaired electron. In order to survive, they need to become full-fledged cells, that is, to produce the missing couple. Free radicals, like real crooks, steal an electron from a healthy cell, tearing the connection between them, sucking the life.
Inflicted by enemies, the damage did not pass unnoticed. The free radicals left behind the ruins, where autoimmune diseases "grow", including psoriasis, dermatitis, pigmentation, wrinkles, and even melanoma (skin cancer).
Are free radicals always harmful?
It should be noted that free radicals are a product of oxygen, hence they are permanently present in certain amounts in the body. While these molecules` clan is not numerous and inactive (so-called primary radicals), the body's cells can use them for the benefit of our health. For example, the immune cells convert the radicals in their assistants when fighting viruses.
How can you cope with them?
To fight alone, without the support group, is not easy. The antioxidants play this role in creams, serums and lotions.
Antioxidants are the perfect weapon for our body to fight with injuries, which are caused by huge amounts of free radicals. Unfortunately, aging, due to the above mentioned factors - poor environmental and other reasons, the army of antioxidants, given to us by nature, is losing valuable fighters. To prevent this, it is necessary to replenish its ranks, acting from the outside. And most of the antioxidants we get from food and eating vitamins.
Are there natural effective remedies?
The healing properties of plants and natural oils have long been known. Moreover, many plants contain biologically active substances (flavonoids) that bind free radicals.
Natural antioxidants protect cell membranes from the excess oxidation damage, contribute to the purification, healing and rejuvenation of skin. Spectrum of their action is unusually wide, they have a number of protective and regenerative properties.
What kind of substances are the most effective in the fight against free radicals?
In recent years, a surprising discovery was made. The combination of vitamins A, C, E is the most important for human health.
It protect the body from damage caused by excess free radicals. Vitamins A, C and E can neutralize these particles before they can harm your skin.
Is the use of antioxidants in cosmetics effective?
Antioxidants have long and successfully been implemented in cosmetics for skin tendance (creams, masks, serums, lotions), hair care products, as well as in decorative lines. In cosmetics, antioxidants work as preservatives, i.e. protect comprising components from oxidative processes.
Antioxidants in cosmetics prevent skin aging, though they do not relieve you of existing wrinkles, severe injury or inflammation. Therefore, according to age and indications, choose the creams containing peptides, acids, plant extracts coupled with antioxidants, as well as components of SPF.
Antioxidants, though able to protect from the sun, but are oxidized in the sun themselves, so apply at the top of the serum or cream with antioxidants a remedy with a protection factor of at least SPF 10.