Free radicals are molecules with unpaired electrons, causing them to be unstable and highly chemically reactive. These unstable molecules are generated by UV rays, infrared radiation, pollution, and lifestyle factors like alcohol and cigarette smoke. Inside the skin, free radicals damage cells, their DNA, and other vital cellular components. Over time, free radical damage leads to visible signs of accelerated skin aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, laxity, discoloration, and even skin cancer.
How to Prevent Free Radical damage?
While sunscreen is the first line of defense and essential for protecting skin’s surface from the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays, sunscreen filters only protect skin from up to 55% of free radicals. Topical antioxidants work in skin to neutralize free radicals and protect against UV damage. Incorporating a topical antioxidant and sunscreen into a daily skincare regimen provides comprehensive protection from environmental damage.
Our Favorite Antioxidants
SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF: Broad spectrum for advanced environmental protection and pigment regulation
♦ Diminishes age spots and other forms of hyperpigmentation
♦ Improve laxity due to increased elastin production
CE Ferulicfrom SkinCeuticals: Triple Antioxidant treatment for advanced environmental protection and collagen syntheses stimulation
♦ Protects against UV induced erythema, free radical formation and cellular damage
♦ Boosts skin structure, reduces fine lines and wrinkles
Neocutis Reactive: One of the most complete anti-oxidant defense systems available; 250 times more concentrated Vitamin C than an orange! It offers one of the most complete anti-oxidant defense systems available to help neutralize free radicals and promote anti-oxidant regeneration.
♦ Provides a first line of defense against oxidative stress with 15% Vitamin C combined with Vitamin E
♦ Maintains cellular energy while limiting signs of redness related to oxidative stress
Call us today to set up a complimentary skin analysis and find out which antioxidant is right for you. 410-571-1280