Science of Skin Care: Free Radicals and Anti-Aging

Artistry® Skin Care is committed to developing exceptional skin care products that are born from the best science in the world. That’s why our advisors are accomplished experts in the field.

Together, we’re continually researching methods of preventing and repairing skin damage. Over time, science has demonstrated that advanced skin care must address, among other things, the issue of free radicals.

What are free radicals?

If you could view your body’s cellular activity through a powerful microscope, you’d meet free radicals. These electrically-charged molecules attack the healthy cells in your body. They then tear through the cell membranes to compromise their function and structure, and ultimately destroy them.

As free radicals multiply in a chain reaction referred to as “oxidation,” you may see results like skin damage and aging. This is why you begin to experience fine lines, wrinkles, uneven and dull skin tone, or loss of firmness and elasticity as you grow older.

Of course, in more advanced stages, oxidation can also result in illnesses like heart disease and cancer.

What causes free radicals?

Free radicals are triggered both internally and externally, in a variety of ways:

Internal Triggers

  • Our bodies’ own normal energy production processes
  • Normal metabolism of fat, carbohydrates and proteins
  • Digesting fatty foods, processed foods, alcohol and caffeine
  • Chemicals and endocrines produced by stress
  • Low blood supply caused by heart attacks or strokes

External Triggers

  • Smoking
  • Pollution
  • UV exposure
  • Fatigue
  • Toxic chemicals

The Free Radical Antidote: Antioxidants

The term “antioxidant” literally means “against oxidation.” Antioxidants fight against free radicals and the oxidation process.

Some antioxidants are produced naturally by our bodies. Others come from vitamins, minerals, and certain foods and topical ingredients. And as we age, our antioxidant levels decrease, so supplementation is essential.

Naturally Occurring Antioxidants

  • Superoxide Dimutase (a cellular enzyme that degrades free radicals.)
  • Glutathione (an amino acid which detoxifies and defends against damage from smoking and radiation.)

External/Supplemental Antioxidants

  • Vitamins A, C and E
  • Certain minerals, including selenium and zinc
  • Green tea
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Grape seed extract
  • Turmeric

Fighting Free Radicals

The best free radical-fighting strategy is a multi-level, antioxidant approach:

  • Stick to a healthy diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Ask your doctor about antioxidant dietary supplements.
  • Choose skin care products which contain topical antioxidant ingredients to boost your skin’s defenses against sun damage and pollution.

With proper care, you can maintain healthier, more radiant skin for years to come.

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