Skin Care that Fights Free Radicals
Look for These 6 Must-Have Ingredients
Antioxidants. Free radicals. These are terms you’ve probably seen on beauty product labels or heard during discussions about moisturizer...and even the foods that fill your shopping cart. To better understand the role of antioxidants as an effective tool to address the signs of aging, we need to look at oxidative stress and the role of free radicals.
What You Need to Know About Free Radicals & Oxidative Stress
As part of the body’s metabolic processes, oxygen molecules split into single atoms so they end up with unpaired electrons, which makes them unstable. These unstable free radicals scavenge through the body to steal a partner from an already paired atom. This leaves a new free radical that needs to find a paired electron, setting off a chain of free radicals.
Unchecked, these free radicals wreak havoc in the body, leaving tissues and cells damaged. When free radicals outnumber antioxidants, oxidative stress occurs. Oxidative stress is associated with everything from aging to almost all chronic diseases.
And for your skin, an imbalance of free radicals causes premature aging, something none of us want.
What Causes Free Radicals?
Free radicals are a natural byproduct of metabolic processes like breathing. However, certain lifestyle or environmental factors can take free radicals from a natural occurrence to an out-of-control problem with serious health consequences.
Factors that lead to excess free radicals and oxidative stress include:
- Overeating: Avoid excess calories and sugar
- Too Little (Or Too Much) Exercise: Aim for at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week but not over 60 minutes per day.
- Alcohol: Limit wine, beer, and hard liquor, linked to oxidative stress
- Tobacco: Stay away from smoke, which is also linked to oxidative stress.
- Excess stress: Manage and reduce stress, which increases cortisol and free radicals
- Sun: Restrict exposure to UV rays and other forms of radiation.
Antioxidants: Superheroes Fighting Free Radicals
While you can’t avoid free radicals, antioxidants go a long way in protecting the body from the damage caused by out-of-control free radicals. In simple terms, antioxidants donate electrons to unpaired free radicals so they don’t move through the body stealing electrons from other atoms.
Antioxidants and Your Skin
While making sure to include plenty of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables in your diet can control oxidative stress, you can also look for beauty products with antioxidants to fight the effects of free radicals on your complexion. Remember, free radicals cause cellular damage to the DNA, speeding up signs of aging such as wrinkles, dry skin, and under-eye circles, as well as a loss of elasticity in the skin.
6 Anti-Aging Antioxidants
- Retinol: Also known as Vitamin A, retinol is a power player in skin care, restoring skin’s resilience, tone, and texture. If you want to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, this is the ingredient to look for.1
- Green Tea Extract: Applied topically, green tea extract can reduce sun damage by fighting free radicals and inflammation. The antioxidants in green tea are known as catechins, which repair wrinkles and cellular damage.2
- Chamomile Extract: This floral extract contains numerous chemical compounds with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Chamomile also has antiseptic, antibacterial, and soothing properties.3
- Aloe Vera: This botanical is rich in antioxidants that restore the skin’s firmness and hydration.
- Vitamin E: Also known as tocopherol, this antioxidant boosts production of collagen, the structural component of the skin, minimizing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration.
- Olive Leaf Extract: This ingredient extracted from olive leaves is rich in antioxidants including oleuropeine and hydroxytyrosol.
The Bottom Line
Antioxidants are a crucial component of an effective skin care regimen, protecting your skin from free radical damage and oxidative stress, which are behind many signs of premature aging, including fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and sagging skin.
Counteract free radical damage with Simple Beauty Age-Defying Retinol Moisturizer, formulated to bathe your skin in powerful antioxidants found in retinol, aloe vera, chamomile flower, and olive leaf extracts.
With consistent use, the antioxidants in Age-Defying Retinol Moisturizer will restore collagen and moisture to your skin, replenishing youthful firmness, tone, and texture for a healthy, vibrant glow.
1 Surjushe, A., Vasani, R., & Saple, D. G. (2008). ALOE VERA: A SHORT REVIEW. Indian Journal of Dermatology, 53(4), 163–166. http://doi.org/10.4103/0019-5154.44785
2 Lu Cui, Yuxuan Liu, Ting Liu, Yahong Yuan, Tianli Yue, Rui Cai and Zhouli Wang, Extraction of Epigallocatechin Gallate and Epicatechin Gallate from Tea Leaves Using β‐Cyclodextrin, Journal of Food Science, 82, 2, (394-400), (2017).
3 Wanessa Almeida Ciancaglio Garbossa and Patrícia Maria Berardo Gonçalves Maia Campos, Euterpe oleracea, Matricaria chamomilla, and Camellia sinensis as promising ingredients for development of skin care formulations, Industrial Crops and Products, 10.1016/j.indcrop.2015.11.026, 83, (1-10), (2016).