Think of when we cut up an Apple – after a short while we begin to see browning of the of the flesh. This process is known as ‘oxidation’ this is much like what happens to the skin when our cells have been damaged by free radicals. The skin relies on antioxidants for protection against such environmental damage such as ultraviolet (UV) rays, cigarette smoke and pollutants that can cause free radicals and photoaging of the skin. Free radicals damage DNA, proteins and lipids, which cause skin cells to die.
Antioxidants counter this aging process, and not only help combat the elements responsible for the visible signs of aging, but also can calm skin, help reveal a more youthful appearance, and revitalize dull-looking skin.
Our leading cosmeceutical brand found in clinic – Cellbone are jam packed with potent antioxidant ingredients, below are to just name a few of our favourites;
Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid)
Vitamin C provides sun protection, can prevent the formation of pigmented spots and protects the skin by reducing free radicals that would otherwise destroy skin cells. This powerful vitamin also helps to boost collagen levels, as it is a required nutrient for collagen production, without the topical application of Vitamin C, collagen forms abnormal fibres leading to skin lesions, fragile skin, pigmentation and capillaries.
Green Tea Extract is derived from leaves of Camellia Sinensis and is naturally rich in antioxidants. Because of its strong antioxidant properties, it has a high cell-protecting function therefore prevents cellular damage caused by free radicals.
Resveratrol is a natural antioxidant compound found in high amounts amongst the skins of grapes and in red wine.
For youthful skin to thrive it needs collagen and elastin, which free radicals can affect the production of. Resveratrol is a particularly potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radical damage and allows the collagen to keep on pumping.
Unlike vitamin & botanical antioxidants Idebenone is a respiratory chain antioxidant – meaning it can target aging at the cellular source where it helps to revitalize the skin’s cells by eliminating excess free radical formation that results from the way cells make energy – in effect it corrects the essence of cellular aging
Vitamin E (Tocopherol)
Vitamin E is normally provided to the skin through the sebum and topical application can act as an antioxidant, vitamin E primarily absorbs the energy from ultraviolet (UV) light. Therefore, it plays important role in photoprotection, preventing UV-induced free radical damage to skin.
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