Free radicals are a central player in the aging process, but subclinical inflammation is also an integral participant, according to Dr. Perricone’s inflammation theory of aging. And although subclinical inflammation is invisible to the naked eye, its effects on skin are not.
Subclinical inflammation is caused by free radical damage. When free radicals attack the cell plasma membrane, arachidonic acid is produced by an enzyme called phospholipase A2, which is triggered when the skin is traumatized. Arachidonic acid becomes oxidized into chemicals that result in inflammation.
Once inflammation occurs, it produces more free radicals, continuing the cycle and accelerating aging in all organ systems, including the skin.
Inflammation is triggered by external factors such as:
- Cigarette smoke
- Ultraviolet radiation
- Air pollution
- Pro-inflammatory diet
- Weakened immune system
- Lack of sleep
Dr. Perricone’s 3-tier philosophy to treat inflammation can help treat and prevent the signs of aging.
Watch the video below for an overview of Perricone’s philosophy and theory of aging:
To sum up the video, Dr. Perricone’s 3-tier philosophy consists of following: an anti-inflammatory diet, ingesting anti-inflammatory supplements, and applying anti-inflammatory topical treatments. Sure, any of these tiers alone can help you achieve results, but the triple threat is the best way to quickly rejuvenate the skin and all organ systems, including the brain. In fact, following an anti-inflammatory diet and taking anti-inflammatory supplements can keep your mood elevated.
To get started on treating inflammation topically, consider incorporating Perricone MD Active Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15 into your regimen. Perricone’s Active Tinted Moisturizer is formulated with antioxidants alpha lipoic acid and vitamin C ester. It also includes DMAE, which not only enhances the strength of these antioxidants, but acts as an antioxidant because of its ability to protect the cell from free radical damage.
Available in 3 different tints, this moisturizer is great since it does more than just moisturize, add a hint of color, and protect from the UV radiation that causes inflammation. Thanks to its formulation, Active Tinted Moisturizer provides antioxidant protection from free radicals and thus inflammation, while helping to minimize signs of aging such as wrinkles and loss of elasticity. The vitamin C ester also imparts a healthy and radiant glow.