what are free radicals
what are free radicals

What are free radicals? How do they affect our skin?

So you are wondering what are free radicals and how do they affect our skin… here’s what you need to know…

Free radicals are minute chemical particles, from healthy cells, that have turned bad as a result of trauma; the more we have, the faster our skin ages and the older we look.

There are many causes of free radical damage in our bodies that can be caused by:-

  1. Stress
  2. Bad diet
  3. Alcohol
  4. Smoking
  5. Drugs
  6. Illness
  7. Pregnancy
  8. UV penetration
  9. Pollution

Free radicals are unstable atoms that attach themselves to healthy atoms in our body. They chip away at cell walls and DNA and eventually cause the death of that cell. It is a normal progressive process and happens throughout our bodies in every organ, but if we want to age slowly we need to keep it in control.

Collagen Is the “glue” that helps hold the body together it is the most abundant protein in our body found in our muscles, bones, skin and tendons. It gives our skin strength and elasticity, and helps replace dead skin cells.

Collagen is damaged by the free radicals so by reducing stress we can reduce the damage done and slow down the ageing process in our skin cells and stay looking younger for longer.

Collagen fibres are made up of many, many atoms If over years there are multiple breaks, free radical damage, in these fibres, the collagen becomes dysfunctional and loses its elastic quality. The skin begins to sag as gravity takes hold, and you see wrinkles and loose skin.

Cutting out as much stress as possible helps to cut down on the damage also increasing your intake of anti-oxidants can help.

Eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and taking anti-oxidant supplements can help good health and preventing diseases. In some cases even prevent the oxidation of other molecules in the body form free radicals. Antioxidants are very important for good health, because if free radicals are left unchallenged, they can cause a wide range of illnesses and chronic diseases.

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