Have you ever heard of oxidative stress? If you haven’t, it’s about time you did, and I’ve got a great experiment that will show you exactly what it does to your skin.
First, let me give you a quick science lesson.
It is widely believed by scientists around the world that one of the main reasons we age is because unstable electrons in molecules (called free radicals) attack healthy cells and change their composition, which causes them to no longer function the way normal, younger cells do. Simply put, we age due to changed cells.
Molecular biologists have identified three species (families) of free radicals:
1. Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS)
2. Reactive Carbonyl Species (RCS)
3. Reactive Nitrogen Species (RNS)
The one that is the most damaging is the Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS). We are exposed to ROS from the air we breathe (oxygen), cigarette smoke, UV sunlight, stress and smog. Also known as oxidative stress, ROS attacks all areas of cells, mutates DNA, destroys the skin’s moisture barrier, damages the dermis layer of the skin, causes inflammation and gives us wrinkles, brown spots and a rough texture. Using topical antioxidants, as well as eating fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants, can lessen this oxidative damage.
An example of oxidation can be found in apples. After seeing the Good Apple / Bad Apple Experiment from Danielle LaPorte, I decided I would try my own experiment on the benefits of antioxidants in lessening oxidation to the skin.
What I used:
– A honey crisp apple (my favorite kind to eat!)
–Vitamin C&E Treatment (a potent skin care product that uses magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, a stable form of vitamin C)
What I did:
I simply applied a very thin coat (about the same amount you would apply to your face) to half of the apple and waited three hours.
As you can see in the photo above, there was a significant difference in the untreated side compared to the treated side of the apple. This shows how topical vitamin C can prevent oxidation and therefore slow down the visible appearance of aging.
It’s important to note that the same result could be gotten from applying lemon juice to an apple, but you would never want to apply pure lemon juice to the skin as it would cause severe dryness and irritation. Plus, it doesn’t have the delivery system and stability of a well-formulated skin care serum so it would not give any preventative aging benefit.
In conclusion, one of the key benefits of preventing oxidation of the skin to lessen damaging free radical activity is to apply a stable antioxidant serum like Vitamin C&E Treatment to the face every morning. If you’re not using one, it’s definitely time to step up your anti-aging game and give your skin some serious protection. Applying a vitamin C serum topically to the skin can essentially keep your skin from turning brown (preventing and fading brown spots due to its melanin suppressing properties), as well as making your skin look brighter, fresher with a youthful glow. One final comment, make sure the vitamin C serum you’re using doesn’t do THIS.
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