“Oxidative Stress,” Free Radicals and Wrinkles
“Oxidative stress,” the term used to describe damage caused by free radicals (unstable molecules that attack our cells destroying cell membranes, proteins, and more), contributes to accelerated wrinkling, hyperpigmentation, and some diseases including skin cancer.
Much of the oxidative stress our skin encounters is a direct result of sun damage. So, prevention is the best defense. Be sure to wear sunscreen protection (both UVA and UVB protection), especially between 10am and 3pm.
But, what should you do if the damage has already been done?
How Can We Fix It?
Oxidative stress can be treated with free radical scavenging antioxidants, which stabilize the free radical, rendering it inactive and harmless. Our bodies produce antioxidants that counteract some of this oxidative stress. However, clinical studies have shown that antioxidants applied to the skin and absorbed by the skin can increase the body’s antioxidant production.
Correcting the Damage
We use and recommend several great antioxidant rich formulas at The Adams Center. One of the most innovative and effective lines of antioxidant serums are the products by iS Clinical.
iS Clinical uses only the most potent, botanically derived, pharmaceutical-grade antioxidants. Their products are formulated to help treat fine lines and wrinkles, acne, hyperpigmentation, and rosacea using:
Powerful botanical acids – Natural agents that resurface the skin and enable the penetration of other key ingredients.
Peptides – Peptides prevent collagen breakdown and help create new collagen to decrease wrinkles and restore skin elasticity.
Amino acids – Improve cell function and promote cellular integrity. Growth factors – Encourage and direct cell maturation and development.
Antioxidants in iS Clinical’s Products Include . . .
Vitamin C – From natural sources such as citrus fruits (specifically lemons). Vitamin C acts as a photo-protector, stimulates collagen synthesis, brightens skin, helps to replenish Vitamin E.
Vitamin B5 – From soy and avocado. B5 is an essential element for cellular function, integrity, and efficiency. Additionally, it enables the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids.
Niacin (Vitamin B3) – Grain and corn. promotes microcirculation, increases energy within cell to maintain and improve functionality.
Vitamin A – Carrots and egg yolk. potent antioxidant, improves collagen synthesis, promotes wound healing.
Vitamin E – From sunflower and soy bean oil. This potent antioxidant protects against the sun’s rays, and inhibits DNA damage.
Gotu Kola – Stimulates collagen synthesis, improves microcirculation, and promotes wound healing, while reducing scar tissue.
Olive Leaf Extract – Promotes wound healing, and is an anti-inflammatory agent, and antibiotic.
Contact me by e-mail, or by calling me at The Adams Center in my Peabody office at 978-531-0550, or 617-262-2208 in my Boston office for more information on this post, or any other information in my Blog.
Dr. Bill Adams is a greater Boston area board certified plastic surgeon with over 25 years of experience in the field.