Are the free radicals in your skin aging your face prematurely? Pay attention! You may be able to control it...
Although the free radicals in your skin are a natural consequence of the biological reactions which take place in our own cells there are a number of external factors that may be increasing the production of free radicals and which may be prematurely aging our skin:
- Sun exposure: Although the sun is beneficial for our skin to a certain extent, overexposure to the UVA rays can damage and alter our DNA causing hyper pigmentation or photo aging for example.
- The environment: The environment in which we live can affect us in a negative way, since it may be encouraging the production of free radicals in our skin. This may be due to factors such as contamination for example.
- Smoking: being a smoker is not only going to be detrimental to our overall health, but it can also be favoring the absorption of the free radicals which are released by cigarette smoke.
- Poor diet: there are some foods and beverages that have a lot of free radicals that we may be ingesting. Processed meats, fried foods and saturated fats can be the culprits that cause free radicals in our skin to increase considerably. We should always try to eat foods rich in antioxidants.
How can I address the increase of free radicals in my skin?
To get rid of the free radicals that may be produced in our skin, either due to external factors or as a natural processes within the body, we should lead a healthy life and a diet rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are in charge of controlling the level of free radicals in our skin. Eat leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, peas, nuts, oily fish or legumes for example which are all foods rich in antioxidants.
In addition, take into account the external factors that we have discussed in this article and that may be altering your cells. Regulate your sun exposure and stop smoking for example, and your face will return to being firm and young again.
So, combat the free radicals in your skin and say goodbye to premature aging of your face!