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Free radicals: They age your skin but you can slow them down

Free Radicals: they might sound like an anarchistic political movement but as Zara Kassam explains, they’re tiny molecules that do a whole lot of damage. But, there is help at hand. Free radicals, antioxidants and oxidative stress have become trendy topics as far as health and longevity are concerned. Many people have heard that foods and skincare products with antioxidants protect us from free radical damage, which is responsible for many of the effects of aging on both the body and mind. But what exactly are free radicals, why are they bad and where do they come from? Like everything in nature,…

Antioxidants: how they can help your skin

Antioxidants in our food have long been touted as an anti-ageing miracle so it’s hardly surprising that they’re in creams and serums. But do they really have the same benefits when they’re in a tube? Heather Stephen reports. Antioxidants are in nearly every anti-ageing product because of their value in slowing the damage caused by what are known as free radicals. The antioxidants are vital for protecting cells and boosting collagen production.  Here’s how they do it. Molecules in skin cells are damaged by exposure to sun damage, pollution, smoking, alcohol and other lifestyle factors. That causes the atoms in the cells…

Pollution: how to combat its aging effects

Pollution can play havoc with your skin – irritating and prematurely aging it. But there are things you can do to combat it. Heather Stephen explains. The World Health Organisation claims air pollution is linked to one in eight deaths worldwide,  and pollution through cigarette smoke, exhaust fumes, wood burners and industry has been linked to a whole raft of diseases from dementia to heart disease to cancer. And it’s pretty disastrous for our looks too. Our skin is our largest organ and it bears the brunt of the daily assault our environment throws at us – prematurely aging and…