When it comes to skin we need to go back to basics, to start thinking 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, really means we have to begin to look at ourselves on a much deeper level, especially if we want healthy cells and to 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.
I feel we need 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 in order for the body to function correctly and survive.
Every day we 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 and steal it from a healthy cell in order 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 the 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 will help to slow the oxidation process down. Well, this is exactly the same process that occurs on our skin, the problem is because it is not as immediately visible as the apple we tend to overlook this problem.
The best practice to keep skin healthy and fight free radicals and oxidative stress is to saturate your skin topically with antioxidants with a product like Glo antioxidant complex or Bio lipid complex, in conjunction with a healthy diet of food containing antioxidants.
To find out more about oxidation and how to limit oxidative damage, follow the link.
Preventing oxidative stress
My approach with my clients is to always look at the body holistically, and I always carry out a thorough face analysis, which includes diet and lifestyle. Only then am I confident enough to put together a comprehensive, personalised program for my client; one that focuses on skin health, reducing premature ageing, skin care recommendations, dietary advice, and supplements.
Whilst I like to educate my clients on the science of skin, such as free radicals and the power of antioxidants, I also like to encourage them to make real changes, to teach them how to be kind to themselves, and use sensible lifestyle practices, in order to take really good care of themselves and their skin.
I find this approach to skincare really helps many to find balance in their life, it’s the cornerstone of good health.
After all, if you consider the atom, it’s the little things that count.