In the simplest of terms, free radicals are unstable molecules produced by chemical processes within your body. Free radical damage is one of the main culprits involved in the rapid aging of the skin. If not combated through diet or topical sources free radicals can cause great damage to otherwise healthy cells in a process called oxidation. This is the same process that turns an apple brown or changes a copper roof from reddish gold to blue-green. Sun, cigarette smoke, air pollutants and poor diet all increase the production of free radicals.
Free radicals are all around us and are constantly breaking down otherwise healthy skin cells. Skin damage created by free radicals may appear in several forms. Signs of damage can range from changes in skin color (brown spots and broken blood vessels) to weakened skin that looks loose and saggy as a result of damaged elastic fibers. Free radicals can also break down the skin’s collagen and create wrinkles.
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and a necessary component of collagen production within the skin’s cells. It is known for its role in the healing of wounds and maintaining of the elasticity of tissues. It also plays a vital role in collagen synthesis and has been shown to be a powerful antioxidant when applied topically. Vitamin C protects the collagen in the skin and encourages new collagen production vital for both healthy skin and healing.
Along with Vitamin C, Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant that protects skin from the adverse effects of aging and sun damage. The application of vitamin E to the skin has shown the ability to reduce inflammation from sun exposure and UVB damage and potentially reverse sun damage.
At Floclaire, our goal is to provide products that not only enhance beauty, but also supply health benefits for the user. Because of this, we offer a wide variety of products, such as O’TENTIKA C15 Serum, that are infused with antioxidants that help reduce the effects of free radicals and protect the skin.