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How do antioxidants affect the skin?

posted on Oct 17, 2008
How do antioxidants affect the skin?
How do antioxidants affect the skin?

Antioxidants are vital to help combat the damaging effects of free radicals and protect our skin and bodies cells. Free radical damage is caused by the effects of the suns harmful rays, pollution, cigarette smoke, unhealthy diets, medications and other external environmental factors. We consume antioxidants through certain foods but our skin also needs extra protection via topical applications as the skin is often the last to receive the benefits of antioxidants consumed orally.

Natural, healthy cells are surrounded by pairs of electrons. When the bond between electrons deteriorates and the electrons split, the unstable electron starts searching for a new molecule to steal and attach itself to in order to regain stability. This results in a chain reaction and as we age the damage can accumulate and become irreparable.

Antioxidants act as scavengers, by sharing their electrons with unstable molecules and help stop further oxidation and damage to tissues and DNA at a cellular level. Our bodies require a daily supply of antioxidants internally and externally to maintain healthy cell function. Studies have shown that antioxidants can help to slow the ageing process and antioxidants absorbed through food can help to fight disease and regenerate cells.

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