Free radicals! What pesky little buggers they are! Latching on to your collagen layer and damaging it like some freaky kudzu vine smothering a tree. Don’t let this happen to your skin. There ARE ways to give your skin the proper protection it needs from free radicals.
First, what are “free radicals”?
They’re the unstable molecules formed when UVA and UVB rays contact your skin. They need to stabilize themselves so they look for a nice big attractive molecule to hook up with – that’s where your collagen molecule comes in. Yep- free radicals are swiping right every single time a collagen molecule shows up nearby.
So what’s the problem? When they hook up with your collagen molecules, they damage them. The result is thin, crepe-y looking skin.
“Hanson found that the stratum corneum – the skin’s main protective barrier against environmental assault – generated a tremendous number of free radicals when exposed to ultraviolet light. “These free radicals caused considerable damage to both the cytoplasm and the lipid matrix,” she said. “The cytoplasm of the lower epidermis was also dramatically damaged.”
Study Shows Antioxidants Play Vital Role In Protecting Skin, Date: September 3, 2001, Source:University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign
So what can you do about it? Well, first, as we have mentioned many times (think broken record), use a good physical sunscreen so the UV radiation doesn’t come into contact with your skin. Can we ever be sure that we’ve completely covered every square inch of skin? Nope.
That’s where antioxidants (skincare super-heroes) enter the scene. Where your sunscreen fails to protect and block UV radiation, antioxidants step in as your plan B, kicking butt on the free radicals that are formed.
Which antioxidants are best? Studies show that vitamin C is the hands-down winner but vitamin E is powerful as well – and both perform better with a boost from ferulic acid.
“CONCLUSION: CEFer (C, E, and Ferulic Acid) provided substantial UV photoprotection for skin. It is particularly effective for reducing thymine dimer mutations known to be associated with skin cancer. Its mechanism of action is different from sunscreens and would be expected to supplement the sun protection provided by sunscreens.”
J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008 Sep;59(3):418-25. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2008.05.004. Epub 2008 Jul 7.A topical antioxidant solution containing vitamins C and E stabilized by ferulic acid provides protection for human skin against damage caused by ultraviolet irradiation.
Murray JC1, Burch JA, Streilein RD, Iannacchione MA, Hall RP, Pinnell SR.
So YES, never forget your sunscreen but make sure you’ve got some antioxidant back-up to keep the free radicals out of your life along with the wrinkles and brown spots and lack of elasticity that come with them.
We offer a variety of antioxidant products that will act as your security detail when the cray-cray free radicals come calling: Vitamin C+ Firming serum. F*a*C*E Synergy serum, CSRx Antioxidant Defense Complex, all of our Transforming Infusion product line plus Antioxidant Perfecting Cleanser and Toner.
Each of these layer perfectly under sunscreen. No balling up or weird texture changes – just a big added boost of free radical protection.
“Theoretically, supplementing sunscreens with antioxidants could boost the body’s natural defense against the formation of UVA-induced free radicals; therefore serving as a second layer of protection against UV radiation that passes through the first layer of UV protection.””
04 August 2011 American Academy of Dermatology New study supports recommendation to use broad-spectrum sunscreen for protection against skin cancer and early aging
As always, comments and questions are welcomed and appreciated.
Very Truly Yours, Patricia