Everyday abuse includes exposure to:
- Temperature shifts
- Changes to metabolism
- Negative emotions
- Cigarette smoke
It’s up to you to take steps to reduce the aging effects of free radicals on your skin. Avoiding all of these things is sometimes not possible. Pollution, for example, is a worldwide issue that you won’t be able to solve today or tomorrow. But there are a few simple things you can do to fight free radical damage. Just what are free radicals, exactly? Read on.
In this article, you will learn about:
- Free radicals: what they are, how they will age your skin, and how to fight their effects
- The effects of antioxidants in combatting and preventing free radical damage
- How Citrus Facial Wash with Vitamin C Ester can help your skin look and feel its healthiest
Byproducts used by the body when oxygen stores are depleted, free radicals are caused by a number of internal and external factors. The effects of your external and internal environment can be detrimental not only for your skin, but for the rest of your body.
Free radicals cause gradual oxidation of body tissue, leading to wrinkled, lined, dry, dull, and sagging skin.
Have you ever cut an apple in half and left it out on the counter for a few days? Its white flesh turns brown, and eventually the apple dries out. This is oxidation.
Like an apple, the body’s cells lose their oxygen, and skin becomes weak and damaged, losing its suppleness and tone. Also as a result of oxidation, hair loses its luster, and nails become brittle and weak.
Preventing Free Radical Damage
There are some simple rules you can follow to prevent free radical damage:
- Wear sunscreen every day: A tan is no longer a symbol of health. Sun exposure can lead to serious diseases, such as skin cancer.
- Avoid stress: Deep breathing, yoga, meditation or a cup of tea, whatever helps you relax and unwind will help your skin stay young.
- Follow a healthy diet and lifestyle: Eat lean protein, leafy greens and colorful fruits and vegetables. Avoid alcohol and cigarette smoke.
- Take your vitamins: Make sure you are getting vitamins C, A and E, internally and topically. These are powerful antioxidants that will help to ward off free radical damage.
The use of antioxidants is the most effective way to fight free radical damage to your skin and protect your cells.
Some common antioxidants are:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin A
Vitamin C can be found in:
- Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes
- Leafy green vegetables
- Green peppers
Vitamin E is essential to keeping skin plump and moisturized. Good sources of vitamin E are:
- Extra-Virgin olive oil
- Flaxseed oil
- Grapeseed oil
Vitamin A is essential for optimum eye health. Get your daily dose by eating lots of brightly colored fruits and vegetables, such as:
Citrus Facial Wash
Citrus Facial Wash with Vitamin C Ester and DMAE provides the skin with a fresh and protective layer of antioxidants and firming agents, while deeply yet gently cleansing the skin.
- All at once, Vitamin C Ester, clears away dead skin cells and impurities to reveal a fresh glow by acting as a:
- Skin brightener
- Exfoliant all at once, clearing away dead skin cells and impurities to reveal a fresh glow.
Watch Dr. Perricone tell his story about how he developed Vitamin C Ester below:
- DMAE, a firming agent:
- Targets lines and wrinkles
- Firms with contouring benefits
- Improves skin’s tone and texture
Need to fight the causes and signs of aging? The antioxidants, in this formula and others suggested by Perricone MD for all skin care regimens, are your weapon against aging skin. Period.