This edition of your newsletter takes a look at free radicals, what they do the skin and how we can protect our complexion from free radical damage.
What exactly are free radicals?
Free radicals are highly reactive and unstable molecules that have an unpaired electron in their outer shell. Free radicals are created through our natural metabolic process and to some degree they are necessary and good for our body. It is only when the amount of free radicals produced overwhelms the repair processes of our body when free radical damage becomes an issue.
Why free radicals are particularly harmful to the skin?
Our skin is the body's first line of defense against environmental factors and as such is exposed to various external sources of free radical damage such as air pollution and UV radiation. The skin is also extremely rich in lipids, proteins and DNA which makes it a major target for unstable radical molecules and very susceptible to oxidative stress.
How can I protect my skin from free radical damage?
When it comes to fighting off free radical damage, antioxidants are our heroes. However, only 1% of dietary antioxidants reach the surface of the skin, so it is important to add topical antioxidants to your routine.
Ossential C-Bright Serum provides a potent dose of 10% vitamin C that is stabilised to brighten and retexture the skin. Vitamin E and co-enzyme Q-10 protect the skin free radical damage, while lipids and skin conditioners stimulate collagen production and repair skin barrier functions.
Ossential Daily Power Defense contains vitamin E, enzymes and lipids that speed up DNA repair and protect skin cells from future oxidative damage. Its award-nominated formula repairs oxidative damage and stimulates skin cell turnover and to provide even skin tone and healthy glow.