Sounds like a group of crazy comic villains who broke out of prison and the comparison is not absurd: Free radicals are free, radical and evil. Why they damage your skin and how you fight them, that's what this post is about.g.
What are free radicals and how are they created?
The way the term free radicals sounds, suggests that it must always be the same group of substances, such as the group of amino acids. But that is not correct.kt.
The unpaired electron as a free radical
Free radicals are molecules, atoms or ions that have one thing in common: They carry an unpaired electron that is extremely willing to pair. Chemists would say free radicals ared highly reactive oxygen compounds.
In this oxygen compound, the unpaired electron is free and radical: it will react with the next best compound in order to get its missing electron back. This can even lead to a chain reaction, because if the reaction partner lacks an electron, it can become a free radical itself. However, this is only one way free radicals occur.
Free radicals arise from various influences
There are physical, chemical and bio-chemical causes that create free radicals.
The bio-chemical causes of free radicals include above all metabolic processes in our body endogenous factors. So we produce free radicals ourselves every day. Excessive free radicals can, however, arise when we are stressed, exhausted physically or suffer from lack of sleep.n.
BothexogenousCauses are chemical or physical processes to blame for the production of free radicals. They split the molecules up in such a way that they lose an electron and thus become highly reactive. The exogenous factors include:
- Radiations such as UV radiation, X-rays or ionizing radiation such as electromagnetic radiation
- Environmental influences such as environmental toxins or cigarette smoke
Free radicals harm your skin
Our body can cope well with small amounts of free radicals, but if they occur more frequently, they can be dangerous to us: on the one hand, they damage the cell structure, on the other hand, they can even attack our DNA and cause serious diseases such as cancer..
The damage to the cell structure becomes visible at the skin level. Free radicals cause:
- dry skin
- a sagging and leathery complexion
- Pigment spots
- Age spots
The reason for the skin damage: The free radicals take their missing electron from our collagen, the building material for firm and healthy skin. As a result of the reaction, they damage the collagen structure and at the same time prevent it from producing new collagen..
This is how you protect yourself and your skin from free radicals
There are two basic things you should do for healthy skin and a healthy body:
1. Don't let free radicals get to you in the first place
Make sure to avoid situations where free radicals can easily arise. This includes:
- Direct sunlight UV radiationg)
- excessive stress
- Cigarette consumption and cigarette smoke
- Environmental influences such as exhaust gases, fine dust, smog
The problem: Through your everyday life you will inevitably come into contact with environmental influences or even have a stressful day. So you will not be able to avoid free radicals 100 percent. This is why antioxidants play an important role in the fight against free radicals.
2. Fight free radicals with antioxidants
Antioxidants disarm free radicals: They neutralize the oxygen connection and thereby render them harmless. The radical scavengers include vitamins A, C and E as well as trace elements and flavanoids. Our body cannot produce these substances itself, but we take in these substances through food if it is balanced!!
A meal plan that is high in antioxidants includes lots of fruits and vegetables, nuts, and whole grains. By the way, a healthy, balanced diet is not only important in the fight against free radicals, but also for overall healthy skin. Here in the magazine we have dealt intensively with the topic: Check out oursDos and donts for a balanced dietng on.
In addition, you should supply your skin with antioxidants directly. Moisturizing face creams that contain vitamins C and E are suitable for this following reasons Incidentally, not as well as trace elements. In this way you fight free radicals on the topmost skin level and ward off wrinkles and dryness..
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The only free radical here should be you. #staysober