12 August 2013

stk103307corAlmost half of women aged between 50 and 59 believe they need to look young to be successful at work. Something we all battle daily is damage from free radicals, a term that is still not understood by most people.San Francisco preventive medicine specialist Dr Arlene Noodleman explains: Free radicals are oxygen molecules that have lost electrons through oxidation, making them unstable. If your body doesnt have enough antioxidants to stabilize them and render them harmless, they can damage cell membranes, which eventually breaks down the proteins that support and plump the skin. People produce free radicals when they metabolise food and even while breathing. Theyre also in the environment such as in diesel exhaust fumes, air pollution and UV radiation. As people age, they tend to lose their natural defences to these. Luckily, science has developed natural tools to help people look younger for longer. In certain cases, taking vitamins can mean applying them to the skin so they can work from the outside-in. Vitamin A, for example, can treat damage caused by sun exposure when applied topically. It can also soften fine lines and wrinkles and lighten dark spots. Vitamin C is also much more effective when applied topically. It can encourage the production of collagen, one of the proteins susceptible to free radical damage.