Anti-aging Part 3 - Protect to Preserve-The role of antioxidants in your anti-aging skin care routine

The first line of defense against premature skin aging is sun protection. This can be accomplished through protective clothing, sun avoidance during peak hours, and sunblock, to name a few.

Q: What else can you add to your skincare regimen to help slow the signs of aging?

A:  Antioxidants

Antioxidants are natural or synthetic substances that may prevent or delay some types of cell damage caused by free radicals, which we are exposed to everyday from sunlight, cigarette smoke, and air pollution. Free radicals are unstable molecules with unpaired electrons that can directly damage cells. In the skin, the damage happens when free radicals try to grab an extra electron from healthy skin atoms. When atoms are taken away from molecules in the skin, it causes damage to our skin’s DNA that can speed along skin aging. This results in pigment changes, broken blood vessels, lines and wrinkles.

Too much science? Think of it this way - free radicals are like hungry, overtired three year olds wreaking havoc in the grocery store - and sucking the life out of you. Antioxidants are like Mary Poppins swooping in and neutralizing the situation. Makes sense now, right?

So how can you add antioxidants into your skincare regimen? It’s easy! At NP Luxe Esthetics, we offer several options through the SkinMedica line of products from sunblocks to serums. Contact us today for more information about what products might be right for you!