Antioxidants: The Lowdown
Confused by all the noise about antioxidants? Let us demystify them for you...
I’m a cyclist in decidedly not so fresh of air London, so learning that a staggering 90% of premature ageing is caused by environmental damage (UVA and UVB included) isn’t the beauty stat I’ve been longing to hear.
Think suncream will protect you from the worst of the damage? Yes and no; while a good SPF will block most the harmful rays of the sun and certainly protect you from the ageing – and potentially skin cancer forming – inflammation of sunburn, you’ll also need an antioxidant.
Here’s how they work: free radicals (which are the result of oxidation of cells following stress, pollution, sun or any other aggressors) are not your skin’s friend. These highly unstable atoms are desperate to pair off so grab onto healthy cells, damaging their DNA and in some cases killing them off entirely.
Antioxidants are the answer: they’ll step in during this process, mopping up the pesky free radicals and terminating damage before it occurs. Want one in your life? Of course you do.
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