Every woman dreams to stay beautiful as long as possible. With the modern cosmetological inventions, there are dozens of methods which help to rejuvenate the skin: oxygen infusion, Microcurrent face lift, LED therapy and so on. Have you ever tried to turn back the clock? Well, then you should probably know something about free radicals. Never heard of them? It’s high time to know more about the main enemy of your youth.
Free radicals… We hear about them all the time, but few of us know which role they play in our lives! Are they beneficial or harmful for us? How should we deal with them? Let’s look at these little things a bit closer.
What are free radicals?
Free radicals are the atoms or groups of atoms with one free electron. Where do they come from? Oxygen radicals, ultraviolet rays, polluted atmosphere, pesticides, drugs and other aggressors from the environment are influencing the human DNA, damaging it. Moreover, the metabolic processes inside the body lead to the appearance of the free radicals.
What can we do with them?
Lots of readers may think: this is the end, there is no way out! But wait a minute! Take a deep breath… (don’t forget to exhale) There is hope. Our body is the smartest and most unusual invention in the world! It has its own natural defense mechanisms against free radicals. Hurray! Meet the good guys – antioxidants. These are natural components which help to save the body from the destructive impact of free radicals. Unfortunately, the natural capacity of the cells to produce their own antioxidants slows down with time.
Free radicals are the main active compounds contributing to the process of aging. They deform the DNA, the tissue joining components in the dermis (especially collagen) and cellular membranes. The unpleasant results of these processes are the destruction of cells, changes in the cellular membrane structure and reduced skin elasticity. Free radicals influence the Langerhans cells found in the tissues of the epithelium as well, declining the effectiveness of the skin immune system.
How to fight free radicals most effectively?
Still, is there a way for us to compensate the loss of natural antioxidants in our bodies? We should increase eating vitamins A, C, E, alfa-lipoidentical acids, and selenium. Furthermore, it is important to apply antioxidants directly onto the skin – it is not as hard as it seems – they are already included in the formula of most cosmetic products. It is scientifically proven that when we consume antioxidants with the food, only 1% goes directly to the skin, while other 99% are absorbed by other vital organs.
I hope that this will help you to come to the right conclusions. All you need to do is to be careful when buying new facial cream. Pay attention to the formula and note whether it contains any of the ingredients listed below. These are powerful antioxidants which will help you to protect the skin from the destructive influence of free radicals.
Antioxidants which are beneficial for your skin:
- Copper Peptides;
- Japanese Green and White Tea;
- Bioflavenoids (the following products are rich in bioflavenoids: citrus zest, other fruits, berries, onion, green tea, red vines, dark beer, sandthorn, black chocolate);
- Coenzyme Q-10: the antioxidant that restores the vitamin E activity;
- Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate);
- Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract.
Come at VK Skin SPA and our professionals will help you to become young and even more beautiful than you are already!
Olga Nazarova, manager of VK Skin SPA