FREE RADICALS IN SKINCARE: COMBAT OXIDATIVE STRESS THE BIOLOGI WAY
Over recent years there’s been a noticeable increase in skincare products touting their solution to free radical damage.
While manufacturers are adding scientific buzzwords to their packaging by the day, free radical damage isn’t just another trend. Oxidative stress, as it’s otherwise known, can lead to skin concerns such as premature ageing, dehydration and inflammation.
At Biologi, we like to help consumers understand the specific nature of a skincare problem before providing the best solution. If free radical damage is just more confusing jargon to you, keep reading to learn what free radicals are, how they damage skin, and most importantly – what you can do about it.
What are free radicals?
To understand free radicals, we need to put our science caps on.
Free radicals are unpaired electrons in a single atom produced as a result of oxygen metabolism.
Electrons prefer to travel through the atmosphere in pairs, so the single free radicals scavenge cells of the body looking for electrons to partner with in a process known as oxidation.
The scavenging activity can be harsh on skin cells and lead to cellular damage that presents as dehydration, premature ageing or inflammation.
What causes free radical damage?
In the modern world, the body is under constant threat from free radical damage with the following lifestyle and environmental factors common causes of free radicals:
- Stress and anxiety
- Excess alcohol
- Poor diet
How to minimise free radical damage
While we can try our hardest, free radicals are in the environment so it’s virtually impossible to avoid free radical damage entirely while living a normal lifestyle.
Fortunately, there is a solution to minimise free radical damage, and that’s where antioxidants come in.
What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants are vitamins and minerals the body processes to terminate the chain reactions that cause oxidative stress.
The easiest and most obvious way to counteract free radical damage is to increase the antioxidant level in the body. Food such as fruit, vegetables, nuts and meat are all excellent sources of antioxidants and regular consumption will balance free radical production in the body and reduce the damage to your skin.
While building up antioxidant levels in the body will help, so will applying antioxidants directly to the skin. Applied topically, antioxidants also strengthen the protective outer barrier of the skin to avoid free radicals penetrating the deeper layer of skin cells.
While it’s understandable for consumers to buy products that provide ‘antioxidant protection’, we encourage our followers to look beyond the packaging and learn the ingredients that are required for their skin solution.
When looking to combat free radical damage, look for the following actives on the ingredients list which provide antioxidant protection on a cellular level.
- Vitamin C
A carbohydrate found in Kakadu plum and finger lime (Bk and Bf serums)
- Gallic Acid
A phenolic acid found in Davidson plum and Kakadu plum (Bd and Bk serums)
A flavanol found in Davidson plum (Bd serum)
How Biologi helps protect against free radical damage
Biologi serums contain 100% active antioxidants. Apply serum to your face each morning, and the antioxidants pair with your sunscreen to offer protection from environmental toxins while reducing the visible effects of previous free radical damage.
While the antioxidants protect against oxidative stress, depending on the serum you’ve chosen, the remaining active nutrients work in synergy to hydrate, reduce the signs of ageing, balance complexion and create an even skin tone.
When choosing antioxidants in skincare always look for products that are 100% active and free from fragrance, water and synthetic activators. Our revolutionary extraction system means that our serums provide antioxidant protection against free radical damage, just as they do in their original plant source.
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