“Free radicals” is a frequently used term when nutrition and health topics come up. But how much do most people really know about this term? Do you actually know what free radicals are? Let’s clarify the term once and for all and see how free radicals can affect your skin.
What Are Free Radicals?
Free radicals are chargedoxygen particles that cling to proteins and destroy them by oxidation, essentially burning the material. Often, one free radical causes a chain reaction in the affected cells. This can happen to all sorts of organic materials, including cut fruits and vegetables, iron, and the human body. Free radicals come from a variety of sources, including:
- Radiation, such as that from the sun’s UV rays
- Pollution and cigarette smoke
- Inorganic particles, such as asbestos
What Do They Do?
Now that we know more about what free radicals actually are, let’s take a look at what they do to the human body. Some oxidation is normal, as the body constantly regenerates cells to replace those who have died. But when free radicals overwhelm and damage cells instead of destroying them, they can have devastating health implications, contributing to disease and aging.
How Can You Fight Back?
The counterpart buzzword to free radicals is antioxidants. These antioxidants–you guessed it–help prevent and stop oxidation inflicted by free radicals. Antioxidants such aslycopene, flavenoids, polyphenols, vitamin C and vitamin E are powerful neutralizers of free radicals, and can help improve skin quality. Many foods claim high antioxidant levels, and certainly incorporating these in your diet is a good place to start in fighting the effect of free radicals. Some skincare products also contain beneficial antioxidants.
Free radicals contribute heavily to aging, and although aging cannot be stopped, it is possible to slow down the process and turn back the clock a bit with powerful skin treatments. If you’re interested in looking younger, you can get minimally-invasive treatments for these signs of aging:
- Wrinkling (Botox® and fillers, laser treatments, intense pulsed light)
- Skin Tone and Texture (laser treatments, intense pulsed light)
- Sagging Skin (Ultherapy®)
- Facial Volume Loss (fillers)
Depending on your needs, you may need a combination of treatments to get the results you’re looking for.
Get on the Winning Side
If you want to fight against the damage free radicals can inflict on your skin, then you’re going to need help from an experienced dermatologist like Dr. Diane Walder or Dr. Stacy Chimento. Their office offers a wide range of minimally-invasive treatments to suit nearly every need. Both are authorities on skincare and are often consulted for national beauty publications. To learn more about how to keep your skin looking youthful and fresh for longer, call 305-866-2177 today to schedule your appointment with their practice in Miami, FL.