It’s time to understand the beauty term you’ve never understood and why free radicals are so harmful to your skin.
Written by Marialma Team
First of all, what are free radicals? They are unstable molecules that the body produces as a reaction to some external sources to which we are exposed daily and/or when we maintain poor life habits. Known as beauty devils, free radicals cause wrinkles, flaccidity, and other skin aging signs. Besides that, they may create the so-called oxidative stress, which often causes irreparable damages to the skin.
However, it is possible to prevent this oxidative stress and the damages caused to the skin by keeping a healthy diet, drinking the proper daily amount of water, applying sunscreen, and having a good quality of sleep. If you want to find out more about free radicals and why we’re always going on about the importance of antioxidants, keep scrolling!
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What Causes Free Radicals?
Free radicals occur naturally in the body, but they increase due to environmental and lifestyle factors. The six main factors that intensify the production of free radicals are:
– Air pollution;
– UV radiation;
– Alcohol consumption;
Note that some molecules are more vulnerable to oxidation than others.
Free Radicals & Aging
Although skin aging is a natural part of life, it can be stimulated by the excessive production of free radicals in a known process called oxidative stress.
Often, during that process, a meaningful change in the production of collagen may occur causing deterioration of its fibres. In conclusion, without that support structure, the skin starts to appear flaccid and wrinkled.
The Power of Antioxidants
Antioxidants are essential agents that can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals and protect you against oxidative stress. There are hundreds and possibly thousands of substances that can act as antioxidants.
Get to know the main active antioxidants:
- Vitamin A: we get it mainly from food like carrots and pumpkins;
- Ferulic acid: you can find it mainly in the rice or corn bran;
- Phloretin: a powerful antioxidant that combines protection against free radicals and helps to clear the skin;
- Resveratrol: another powerful antioxidant that helps skin recover from the daily aggressions and fortifies it;
- Catechin: you can obtain it from strawberries, grapes and green tea;
- Vitamin C: you can find it in large quantity in citric fruit and dark green vegetables;
- Flavanoid: you can find it especially in grapes:
- Isoflavones: we find it mainly in soy
- Lycopene: present in tomatoes;
- Vitamin E: present in grains like rice, corn, almonds, walnuts, chestnuts, and some vegetables;
- Selenium: you can obtain it from Brazil nut and red and white meat;
- Zinc: we find it mainly in red and white meat, milk, whole grains, beans, and nuts.
How do we include antioxidants in our daily skincare?
Starting with a balanced diet, rich in vitamins and minerals that have some antioxidant power is a great idea. Complement that diet with a daily application of creams, serums, lotions or waters that can grant the proper amount of antioxidants to the skin. These antioxidants will be absorbed and remain concentrated in the skin stimulating the neutralization of free radicals and fighting their damaging effects.
It was to strengthen that protection from these great skin villains and the hydration of the skin that Marialma® Cosmetic Algae was designed. This fabric is made with our unique blend of Egyptian cotton and SeacellTM fibres, where the seaweed powder is embedded.
Algae are rich in vitamins and amino acids that help the regeneration of skin, reduce inflammation and soothe the itching feel. Besides that, the high level of antioxidants in algae protects the skin from free radicals.
How does the fabric of our loungewear and bed sheets work with the skin?
The natural moisture level of the skin enables an active exchange of the beneficial substances between the fabric fibre and the skin, providing a noticeable sense of wellbeing.
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