Wrinkles

Wrinkles

The term free radicals conjures up images of groups of wild terrorists – this is perhaps an appropriate picture because they really do wreak havoc in the body. Unfortunately, most people invite these dreadful invaders in by indulging in behaviours such as excess sun exposure, smoking, unhealthy eating habits, alcohol abuse and a high-stress lifestyle. Free radicals are the main cause of premature skin aging.

NATURAL DEFENCE

Your body naturally produces antioxidants that counter the oxidative effects of free radicals. Interestingly, the amount of natural antioxidants varies across the skin layers. The outer layer of the skin (the epidermis) contains more antioxidants than the inner layer. Some of these antioxidants include alpha-tocopherol (one of the forms of vitamin E), vitamin C and glutathione. Studies have shown that the body’s antioxidant system is greatly influenced by vitamins C and E – effectively assisting in counterbalancing free radicals.

Sun damage is one of the biggest free radical-producing culprits and can even affect your DNA – damaging the delicate structure and increasing your skin cancer risk.

A HELPING HAND

Because your skin is constantly attacked by free radicals, specifically from air pollution and the sun’s radiation, not to mention high stress lifestyles, it’s clear you may need to give your body a boost from time to time. It’s difficult, especially in South Africa’s principally sunny climate, to avoid the sun completely. So, effective sun protection is incredibly important.

Added to that, supplementation with antioxidants such as vitamins C and E will give your body a helping hand in the fight against free radical attack and damage. This becomes even more important as you get older, because your skin’s antioxidant capacity decreases with age.


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