By Carissa St. Rose
One of my greatest pleasures is exploring the outdoors and connecting with nature. While it brings the adventurer in me peace, it also causes a slight level of anxiety in the Aesthetician in me. What’s the cause of this anxiety, you say? Two words – free radicals, aka youth stealers!
Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage cells, and in attempt to regain stability, they create a chain reaction of “stealing” electrons from other molecules. This process causes oxidation, which induces damage to the cell’s DNA. Over time, this causes aging and disease. Environmental causes include air pollutants, UV rays from the sun, and ozone depletion.
To combat free radicals, you must maintain a diet and skincare regimen high in antioxidants. Antioxidants have the ability to intercept the destructive chain reaction of free radicals, which in turn, limits damage caused to the body. Foods that are rich in antioxidants are berries, beans, pecans, apples, plums, cherries, and dark chocolate. Antioxidants found in skincare products include vitamin C, vitamin E, grape seed, resveratrol, lycopene, green tea, niacinamide, and coffee berry. Below are some of my favorite products designed to fight those youth stealers!
C-Lester Topical Vitamin C Serum
Antioxidant Vitamin C stimulates natural collagen synthesis to restore suppleness and prevents premature aging. Powerful antioxidant Calming Green Tea extracts soothe inflamed skin and reduce irritation during the resurfacing process.
Nourish B Instensive Moisture Serum
Vitamin E is used to moisturize while Vitamin C is applied to eliminate free radicals and pigmentation. Fructose Concentrate, Allantoin and Olive Oil are used to capture and lock in moisture while calming and neutralizing toxins.
Vitamin A&E Moisture Cream
Vitamin A & E replenish the skin by giving the essential building blocks for healthy moisturized skin. Shea Butter combats freed radicals and ensures antiseptic application of Sunflower Oil and Allantoin. Both these giving the skin nourishment and strengthening the bonds of cells and cellular regeneration.
In addition to exercising a healthy diet and skincare regimen high in antioxidants, you must also be mindful of limiting your intake of alcohol, tobacco, and processed foods, as those create the perfect environment for free radicals to thrive and promote premature aging and disease. Maintaining consistent visits to your aesthetician are also crucial in your journey of fighting those youth stealers, so don’t skip those professional treatments. Remember, great skin doesn’t happen by chance, it happens by appointment!