When discussing the ageing process with clients and age management skin and body solutions, I often talk about free radical damage. Whilst most clients trustingly accept my explanation, I know that there are not many of those that fully understand how they occur and how this impacts their bodies and complexion. Therefore, when making decisions about treatments and products, I am aware that it’s not really taken into consideration. The downside of this is that we are constantly fighting both internal and external forms of this cellular disturbance and need realistic solutions to counterattack the damage.
The cells in our bodies are composed of many different types of molecules. Molecules consist of one or more atoms of one or more elements joined by chemical bonds.
Sometimes these bonds split leaving a molecule with an odd, unpaired electron. This is when free radicals are formed. These free radicals are very reactive and will seek the nearest stable molecule to gain its electron. This then creates another free radical as the affected molecule loses its own electron, causing a chain effect of free radical damage within our cells. This process accelerates with the age.
Free radical damage is also created by some external elements and include pollution, cigarette smoke, UV radiation, chemicals, pesticides, unhealthy foods, and some medications (like a birth control pill).
Unfortunately, even television screens, pc monitors and mobile phones contribute to the formation of free radicals. Highly inconvenient in today’s world.
It is now widely accepted that the ageing process and the onset of some illnesses can be linked to the breakdown of healthy cells and free radical damage.
Most people will see this in their skin as their collagen and elastin cells are disturbed, creating drier, thinner skin that is not as taught as it once was. External free radical damage can contribute to hyperpigmentation and the occurrence of redness and veins on the skin.
The most common way to fight free radical damage is through the use of anti-oxidants.
Anti-oxidants and ingredients that contain high levels of anti-oxidants are commonly found in skin care products today. In fact, I would not advise a client to use a regime that did include these effective ingredients. It is also recommended that we consume a diet that is anti-oxidant rich.
The benefits of anti-oxidants and the best sources of these heroes will be covered in the next post.
Till next time..