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The Story Behind Antioxidants & Free Radicals

 

Antioxidants – just what are they and why do they matter? And free radicals? What is that all about?

Antioxidants – the Good Guys; Free Radicals – the Bad Guys

An antioxidant protects your skin from – and helps repair the damage of – free radicals.

Free radicals are single molecules that are looking for a partner. When they find one, they “kidnap” that molecule and force an imbalance in the other system, which for our purposes, is the skin. That means the molecules that help your skin stay young-looking, smooth, spot free and pretty all of a sudden can’t do their job.

 So now what happens when free radicals have begun their attack?

Then things start breaking down. Aging, wrinkles, sagging, pigmentation…This is where the antioxidant comes to the rescue. An antioxidant will “donate” one of it’s molecules to the offending free radical so that your body’s natural maintenance system is not an unwilling donor.

And the addition of antioxidants – even after damage has been done – will help clean up the damage and put your skin on the path to better health and better appearance.

 

Research has found that vitamins C and E, as well as selenium, can help protect the skin against sun damage and skin cancer. And they may actually reverse some of the discoloration and wrinkles associated with aging.” WebMD – Read the full article below.

Antioxidants and their place in Skin Care – WebMD

 

By |2017-10-07T03:52:43+00:00June 10th, 2012|Skin Tips|Comments Off on The Story Behind Antioxidants & Free Radicals

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