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Gabby Bartolo, 8th February 2023
While free radicals are a natural by-product of the processes going on in our bodies, there are a number of external factors that are known to trigger and increase free radical production. Smoking, inflammation, pollution, UV light, cell metabolism and ionising radiation.
When there is an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the body’s ability to neutralize them, free radicals start to damage cell membranes, proteins and DNA in a process known as oxidative stress. Free radicals breakdown our skins collagen, which contributes to the signs of skin aging. While aging is an entirely natural process, oxidative stress can cause skin to show fine lines, wrinkles and dull and dry skin prematurely.
Whilst prevention is always the best method, DNA repair enzymes can help to repair mutations within the skin cells that may have formed as a result of repeated and increased exposure. Other ingredients such as retinaldehyde can be used too.
Remember that our body has its own very clever internal antioxidant systems. However, because our skin is bombarded day in, and day out by our harsh environment, supplementing our own antioxidant systems is essential to maintaining skin health. Many of the antioxidants that we apply to our skin have numerous benefits such as stimulation of collagen protection, preventing unwanted pigment production, as well as anti-inflammatory benefits. Win win!