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Stand for Skin Peace: Why You Need Topical Antioxidants

Summer. A time for vacations, relaxation, the beach…and war. Yes, you read that correctly. War. A war on your skin. While you’re enjoying a leisurely stroll along the shoreline, your skin is secretly crying out for help. You see, when the sun hits your skin it increases the number of “free radicals.” To understand free radicals we have to use a bit of science. A free radical is an atom that has shed an electron in an abnormal way. The atom doesn’t like missing the electron so it franticly tries to attract one. It doesn’t do this nicely, but rather quite aggressively by attacking other molecules and atoms and stealing an electron from them. (in other words, it’s behaving “radically”). When it steals the peaceful atom or molecule’s electron, that atom or molecule then becomes a free radical itself and the process snowballs. This is when it starts causing damage to our skin. The skin franticly attempts to protect itself from the carnage by futilely producing a tan, or in some cases, it will just burn. The battle also causes your skin to become “stressed out” and it begins releasing enzymes that are also damaging to your skin. It can even lead to damaged DNA within skin cells. This is an overly-simplified explanation of extremely complex physical science, but you get the general idea.

When your skin is damaged, it doesn’t function the way healthy skin should. Damaged skin is more likely to have cell mutations. These mutations can slowly destroy the collagen and elastin in your skin. As you lose collagen and elastin, you decrease your skin’s supportive fibers and you end up with…wrinkles, sun damage, and sagging skin.

So why use topical antioxidants? Antioxidants neutralize and slow down this damage—both the direct sun damage, as well as the damage from stress-induced enzymes. They do so by offering the free radicals their own electron so they don’t have to attack and steal them from healthy molecules. Basically they sacrifice themselves and end the war. They’re the peacemakers of skin molecules. The result is slowing down the rate of aging.

Every antioxidant does not do this equally. Some offer more protection than others. Studies have shown that a broad mix of antioxidants, rather than just one, offers the best protection. dermaTRUTH’s In the Beginning Antioxidant Peptide Serum contains over a dozen of the most powerful antioxidants, all at or above the recommended levels. The potency is therefore equivalent to over a dozen separate antioxidant products.

So while antioxidants are important all year round, they are especially important for summertime. Give your skin the protection it needs by layering our antioxidant serum under a SPF. Stop the war. Stand for peace. Use topical antioxidants. The best anti-aging product is the one that stops aging before it starts.