Antioxidants can stop and even repair free radical damage to skin cells that comes with aging. Formulated with the antioxidant power of Alpha Lipoic Acid and Vitamin C Ester as well as DMAE which acts as one, Face Finishing Moisturizer is effective for protecting skin and correcting skin imperfections.
But what are free radicals and where do they come from? Are there different kinds? Read on to find out and discover how Face Finishing Moisturizer can help you win the battle.
- Free Radicals: The What, Why and How
- Why Antioxidants are Important
- The Antioxidants in Face Finishing Moisturizer
Free radicals are molecules. What are molecules? They consist of one or more atoms of one or more elements joined by chemical bonds.
Free radicals are unstable molecules that require stabilization by the body’s antioxidant system.
Some types of free radicals include:
- Hydroxyl radical (OH-)
- Superoxide radical (O2-)
- Nitric oxide radical (NO)
The above are reactive oxygen species. Other biologically significant free radicals are carbon- and hydrogen-centered.
Why are free radicals unstable? They either have a surplus or lack of one or more free-floating electrons, whereas stable molecules have matched pairs of positively charged particles (i.e. protons) and negatively charged particles (i.e. electrons). The number of electrons an atom has in its outer shell is important for determining its chemical behavior.
Atoms typically complete outer shells by sharing electrons with other atoms, forming a covalent bond. This provides the maximum stability for the molecule. However, sometimes weak bonds split in a way that leaves the molecule with an unpaired electron. This is how free radicals are formed.
Being unstable, free radicals react quickly to try to capture the needed electron to gain stability. This is problematic, because the free radical stabilizes itself at the expense of the compound from which it stole the electron, creating a new free radical. This begins a chain reaction.
Free radicals arise in normal processes such as metabolism or when the body’s immune system cells create them to neutralize viruses and bacteria.
Free radicals occur throughout every cell in your body, but certain factors generate free radicals in the skin. For example, exposure to the sun generates free radicals, so areas that are usually exposed to sunlight (e.g. hands, face, neck and arms) are where aging of the skin appears. Other environmental factors that cause free radicals are excess alcohol consumption, pollution, poor diet, stress and cigarette smoke.
Your body can usually manage free radicals; however, if antioxidants are not available or free radical production becomes excessive, damage can occur.
In the case of your skin, free radicals attack collagen, a protein that acts as a building-block, holding your skin structure together. When collagen is attacked by free radicals, damage occurs and signs of aging, such as loss of elasticity, can result.
Luckily, there is a defense against this damage: antioxidants. Antioxidants are generous and neutralize free radicals by donating one of their own electrons, which stops the electron-stealing chain.
But don’t antioxidants become free radicals? No, antioxidants do not become free radicals because these nutrients are stable in either form.
You can protect yourself from free radicals with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, both good sources of antioxidants, or by direct topical application.
For example, Face Finishing Moisturizer is formulated with Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester, and DMAE.
Alpha Lipoic Acid is the ultimate antioxidant as it is universally soluble.
It also helps to:
- Diminish fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration
- Refine skin texture
- Reduce pore size, puffiness, imperfections, and uneven skin tone
Vitamin C Ester is another antioxidant. What’s special about Vitamin C Ester is that it is both water- and fat-soluble, unlike regular Vitamin C, which is only water-soluble.
In addition to providing protection, Vitamin C Ester helps to:
- Improve firmness and elasticity
- Diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration
- Impart a radiant, smooth, and luminous appearance
Further, Vitamin C Ester helps promote collagen production, which is important in repairing skin damaged by free radicals.
Finally, DMAE, a natural compound that facilitates the synthesis of a neurotransmitter acetylcholine, acts as an antioxidant that enhances the efficacy of other antioxidants.
DMAE helps to:
- Provide ultimate contouring benefits to skin beginning to lose elasticity
- Delivers lifted, tightened and toned appearance to the skin
- Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
With these powerful ingredients, Face Finishing Moisturizer helps to protect your skin and help firm its appearance, which minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. Rich in texture, Face Finishing Moisturizer feels great on the skin as it helps you achieve a visibly radiant and smooth appearance.
Apply Face Finishing Moisturizer by applying liberally to both your face and neck in the morning and evening. If using other treatments, apply Face Finishing Moisturizer on top of the treatment.
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