What are free radicals?
15th July, 2019

If you are a client of mine you have probably heard me talk about the term “free radicals” — but what are free radicals and why do we need to protect ourselves against them?

Let’s me tell you they are your skin's enemy!

What are free radicals?

Free radicals are tiny reactive oxygen molecules that can cause damage to our skin. Free radicals can damage our skin cells, DNA, and collagen production. We produce some internally as cells turnover, but the majority come from external factors like UV exposure, pollution, smoking, and processed food.

Over time, the effect in our skin shows up as wrinkles, sagging, dryness and an overall dull looking complexion.

How can we protect ourselves against free radicals?

Antioxidants are crucial in the fight against free radicals.
One way to prevent surface skin damage from free radicals is through antioxidants because they help neutralise the molecules and prevent them from potentially causing signs of aging in your body. Our bodies produce a limited amount of antioxidants, so it is important to try and apply antioxidants on a regular basis. Incorporate antioxidants into your diet and skincare routine for youthful-looking, glowy skin.

Where do we find antioxidants?

Antioxidants in Skincare

Many skin care products contain antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E. Incorporating these products into your daily skin routine will help your skin fight free radicals. For a daily boost of antioxidants, I recommend the Murad vitamin c serum as vitamin c is considered to be one of the most effective antioxidants for radiance.

Antioxidants in Food

Antioxidants can also be found in many different types of foods. Your skin will benefit from consuming these nutrient-rich foods several times a week. A few examples of such foods high in antioxidants are blackberries, raspberries, walnuts and citrus fruits.