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Is Oxidative Stress the Key to Ageing

When it comes to skin, we need to go back to basics to think on a minuscule
level, because everything we touch and do, manifests itself on a macro level

Oxidative stress can dramatically affect how our skin ages.

In the skincare industry, it is rarely discussed, but as an aesthetician, I have seen first hand how it can be detrimental to our skin, especially when it comes to premature ageing.

Oxidative stress also causes degenerative diseases, including cancer, dementia, and arthritis.

Research is showing that long term disease is related to the immune system, which in effect turns in on itself, creating a cycle of destruction in the body:

  • cells become disordered and aggressive
  • mutant rogue cells turn in on themselves
  • the rogue cells begin to attack the body
  • this causes inflammation and irritation

Oxidative stress and ageing

Two physicians working on the effects of anti-ageing treatments and free-radical biochemistry came up with the following conclusions:

“The field of free radical biochemistry is as revolutionary and profound in its implications for medicine, as was the germ theory and science of microbiology, which led to the development of effective treatments for infectious disease”.

The view that oxidative stress and free radical damage is a major cause of degeneration and disease means that we have to begin to look at ourselves on a much deeper level, especially if we want healthy cells and slow down the ageing process.

We need to begin to take responsibility for our skin and body as a whole and take a long, hard look at our lifestyle choices; to go back to basics and address our eating, drinking, and recreational habits, and to really start thinking on a minuscule level, because ultimately everything we do will eventually manifest itself on a macro level.

How do you get free radicals?

To understand this, let’s take you back to basics.

Oxygen is life, and breathing in oxygen is essential for your body to function correctly and survive.

Every day you are exposed to free radicals, there are many ways you can create free radicals; from overexposure to the sun, pollution, smoking, poor diet stress, lack of sleep, excess alcohol, and even some medications.

When these free radicals lose an electron, they go on the hunt for a new one; they steal the electron from the healthy cell to become stable.  When an unstable cell steals an electron from a healthy cell, the healthy cell now becomes damaged, and it goes looking for another electron to make itself complete.

You now have this vicious cycle of unhealthy cells replacing missing electrons, which wreaks havoc on the skin and internally.

How does oxidative stress occur?

Oxidative stress occurs when you combine free radicals with oxygen, and the free radicals are greater than the body’s ability to detoxify them.

When oxidative stress occurs, these free radicals can cause premature ageing, breaking down collagen and elastin the essential proteins that support your skin, preventing it from sagging.

Take an apple, for example, when an apple is cut in half within a short period of time, it goes brown – this is the oxidation occurring. To remedy this, we can saturate the freshly cut apple in lemon or pineapple juice, both of which naturally contain antioxidants and slow the oxidation process down.

This is the same process that occurs on your skin; the problem is that it is not as immediately visible as the apple we tend to overlook this problem.

The best practice to keep your skin healthy, fight free radicals and prevent oxidative stress, is to saturate your skin topically with antioxidants, with a product like Glo antioxidant complex or Bio lipid complex.

To find out more about oxidation and how to limit oxidative damage, follow the link.

Preventing oxidative stress

Our clients’ approach is to always look at the body holistically, and we always carry out a thorough face analysis, which includes diet and lifestyle.

Only then are we confident enough, to put together a comprehensive, personalised program for our client’s one that focuses on skin health, reducing premature ageing, skincare recommendations, dietary advice, and supplements.

Whilst we like to educate our clients on the science of skin, such as free radicals and the power of antioxidants, we also like to encourage them to make real changes, to teach them how to be kind to themselves, and use sensible lifestyle practices, to take excellent care of themselves and their skin.

We find this approach to skincare really helps many find balance in their lives; it’s the cornerstone of good health.

After all, if you consider the atom, it’s the little things that count.

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