We have all heard about how truly awful free radicals are. We hear about them, we read about them. We try to eat our blueberries, because we heard that blueberries fight them, but do we really know what free radicals do or what they are? I mean, I know we “know”……. but do we actually know?

For those of us that don’t remember high school chemistry class, here is a refresher;

A free radical is any molecule that can live on its own, that also has an unpaired (missing) electron.  A free radicals purpose in life is to steal an electron from another molecule, so that it can become balanced (unbalanced molecules are very unhappy, and are on a bit of rampage until they can be balanced). Once a free radical steals an electron from a healthy (well balanced) molecule that once healthy molecule is not able to function as it should, as now it is seeking its missing electron instead of fulfilling its designated purpose.  It is now seeking to replace its stolen electron, creating a chain reaction once it does.  This chain reaction is referred to as oxidative stress, and is thought by some to be the primary cause of aging. Yikes!

Free radicals are all over the place.  Some serve a purpose. In cases of illness, your body can release specific ones, in order to target and cause damage to viruses, so that you can get better. Having said that, there are soooo many that we do NOT need.  We come across them everywhere.  They can be released when we are exposed to UVA/UVB rays, they are found in pollution, tobacco smoke, heavy metals, pesticides, industrial solvents and list goes on and on.  It’s actually quite frightening knowing that they are literally everywhere, and that exposure can lead aging faster (and A LOT of other health problems) due to oxidative stress. Which then puts us in the position of wondering what the heck to do about it?

The answer fortunately is simple.  Anti-oxidants.  These lovely molecules are the heroes that rescue us from the nasty oxidative stress cycle. Remember the rampaging free radical with the missing electron? Anti-oxidants donate an electron, rendering that free radical inert. Calming it down and breaking the cycle of oxidative stress.

Anti-oxidants can be found in many places as well.  Some of the most well-known are Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and there are so many more that are not as well know. Ideally  anti-oxidants should be supplied to the body through diet as well as applied to the skin topically.

At SkinScience we have multiple sources of topical anti-oxidants. We have cleansers, serums, masques, eye creams and more.  We also offer some incredibly unique anti-oxidant treatment options in the clinic as well.  We have invested our years of expertise in finding the products and treatments that offer stable, high quality anti-oxidants that give results!  There is a right anti-oxidant product out there for all skin types, and we have the knowledge in how to pair up the right skin type with the right treatment and product.

Call today to find out how to stop the rampaging free radicals in your life!

PS: For a sample of one of our favourite anti-oxidant serums stop by the clinic. To read about the full size, CLICK HERE:

Aliquote Skin Advanced Youth Serum

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