Have you ever asked yourself the following questions:
- What is a good skincare routine?
- What are the best facial skin care products?
- What should I apply on my face in the mornings?
- How can we get glowing skin?
- How can I stop my face from ageing?
- What really causes wrinkles?
- Why is skin care important?
- How do I take better care of my skin?
- How can I have a clear face?
- Are toners necessary?
Let us first look at the recent research:
Recent research has shown us that the major contributing factor to premature ageing is free radical damage. Free radicals or reactive oxygen species (ROS) are formed in skin cells when we expose ourselves to sun, pollution, smoking etc. These free radicals are composed of oxygen with an unpaired electron – they are constantly searching to gain another electron in order to become stable. They steal from balanced molecules and start a chain reaction that damages cell membranes, collagen and DNA
The body has protection from this damage in the form of antioxidants that are capable of losing an electron in order to defend healthy cells from this free radical onslaught. Natural occurring antioxidants include Vitamins A, B, C, E and Co-Enzyme Q10. The chain reaction started by free radicals easily destroys and denatures these precious vitamins. Our best weapon against this is to replace lost vitamins by increasing our raw fruit and vegetable intake and taking a multivitamin supplement. Topically applied antioxidants at the correct concentrations will bolster skin cells, leaving them better protected. Topically applied at optimum levels the following antioxidants have been proven effective: Vitamins A, B, C, E and Co-Enzyme Q10.
Recent in vivo testing has shown that Co-Enzyme Q10 has a powerful protective action on the mitochondrial membrane.
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