It is no secret that over the years, skin slowly loses its once lustrous appearance.
Mounting evidence shows that one major contributor to the aging process is free radical reactions in cells and tissues.
Read on to learn about:
- Free Radicals and the Aging Process of Skin
- How the Perricone Skin Care Lifestyle Can Slow the Aging Process of Skin
Free radicals contribute to the aging process because they damage skin cells. Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms in the body that are missing an electron, which makes them unstable.
Free radicals attempt to stabilize by taking electrons from other substances. When free radicals steal electrons from substances, it causes them to function poorly or die. When this happens to substances that are essential for skin health, such as proteins, skin incurs damage, and over time, aging.
One protein that is essential to skin’s appearance is collagen. When a free radical takes an electron from a collagen strand, the structure at the point where it obtained the electron changes. This change in structure is actually a break, or damage, in the collagen strand.
When strands accumulate damage over years, skin loses its elasticity. Even worse, free radical damage creates a domino effect. As each free radical stabilizes itself, it creates at least one more free radical.
Because the skin is exposed 5,000 times a day to free radicals, it is extremely susceptible to aging. While free radicals result from normal biological processes, such as energy production, they also result from environmental stresses.
Acquiring good habits that avoid these stresses and combat their effects will slow the aging process in your skin.
While some free radicals are created as a result of normal biological processes (mainly energy production), the following can create an excess in the skin:
- Sun exposure
- Pro-inflammatory diet
- Pollution and toxins
The aging process depends on both genetic and environmental factors. While you can’t control your genes, you can significantly slow the aging process in your skin by engaging in healthy habits.
These habits include:
- Not smoking
- Getting enough sleep and rest
- Following the anti-inflammatory Dr Perricone MD diet for skin
- Coping with stress and maintaining a positive outlook
Additionally, you can combat free radical damage by taking an antioxidant supplement, such as Perricone Skin & Total Body Supplement. The Skin & Total Body Supplement works from the inside out to slow the aging process.