Oxidation plays a big role in ageing the skin.
A topic we covered in detail in this article.
In this article, I’m going to look at the effect this has on a cellular level.
What is oxidation?
The interior of the cell membrane is regularly attacked by peroxidation, which causes oxidation. This is the ENEMY of skin health.
It rapidly contributes to premature ageing and disease, which causes certain types of cells to diminish more rapidly than others.
Basically, if a cell membrane becomes disrupted, waste leaks into the cytoplasm causing the cell to turn in on itself and literally POISON itself.
Enzymes and vitamins not found in the right place begin to break down proteins. This damages the cell nucleus causing mutations – literally undermining the integrity of the whole body, which begins to break down, this is why good lifestyle practices and a diet rich in essential fats, vitamins, and minerals, is essential to good health and for preventing oxidation in the skin’s tissues
The biggest contributor to ageing is a particular species of an oxygen molecule called a free radical, these are highly energetic molecules that can cause oxidation in the skin cells, which is the key behind the ageing process, many anti-ageing skincare products are targeted at neutralising free radicals, which do reverse some of the damage done to the skin.
More information on ingredients that target free radicals and oxidation can be found in the article, What are Antioxidants, free radical damage can affect the lipids of the cell walls, which causes problems in cellular reproduction.
Lipids are joined to certain proteins and these lipoproteins also make up certain hormones, which are the chemical messengers of the body, if these lipoproteins are damaged, then the wrong message is delivered, causing a knock-on effect that leads to more destruction in the cell.
Pollution proof your skincare
Oxidation causes inflammation and I have seen first hand in my clinic how inflammation can lead to many conditions associated with premature ageing.
For this reason, I have created a number of skincare products to specifically target oxidation in the skin, in a bid to remove the invisible build-up of toxins and damaging free radicals.
Helping to repair and restore the skin’s barrier, warding off premature ageing for now, and for many years to come.
If you’d like to learn more, join me here to learn how to pollution-proof your routine.