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Free radical activity is the theory that ageing occurs when exposed to free radical damage over time. A free radical is any atom or molecule that has a single unpaired electron in an outer shell.
One way in which to reduce free radical activity on the skin is to increase the amount of vitamins we consume. Ideally, these should be natural vitamins from fruit and vegetables, rather than synthetic ones from supplements.
Thanks to LiveStrong, here are the vitamins that we should be focusing on to increase our health and benefit our skin.
Vitamin C is a dominant antioxidant vitamin that fights visible and invisible signs of aging. As you age the elastin fibers and collagen content of the skin decrease. When researchers at Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology applied topical vitamin C to aging mice, they found it reversed the damage to collagen and elastin fibers. Published in the May 1, 2009, issue of « Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, » the researchers conclude that vitamin C fights skin aging by penetrating the skin and renewing collagen and elastin.
Vitamin C also fights internal aging, according to a report in the 2007 issue of « Medical Hypotheses, » which states that high levels of vitamin C can prevent aging-related diseases such as heart disease, neural disease and cancer.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant vitamin that works in conjunction with vitamin C. Researchers at Mount Sinai Medical Center report that when vitamin E is used with vitamin C, the aging benefits to skin are increased as the two help rebuild collagen. Vitamin C also helps revive damaged vitamin E.
Vitamin E fights internal aging damage as well, particularly in the brain. A report in the May 22, 2009 edition of « Scientific World Journal » explains that supplementing with vitamin E beginning in middle age, along with exercise, can help prevent the onset of cognitive decline and dementia associated with aging and help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Vitamin A is another antioxidant vitamin that offers several antiaging benefits. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that vitamin A is especially helpful in protecting the eyes, as it prevents age-related macular degeneration as well as the development of cataracts. It is also reported to help prevent osteoporosis by protecting bone mass. Vitamin A even has positive effects on the aging brain. UMMC states that vitamin A may improve learning ability and memory, and that those who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease have significantly low levels of vitamin A.
Although not considered an antioxidant vitamin, vitamin D delivers significant antiaging benefits. The March 21, 2011 issue of « Maturitas » reports that the aging process is directly associated with low levels of vitamin D which can lead to frailty and cardiovascular events. Authors of the study, from the University of Zaragoza in Spain, believe that vitamin D supplementation should be further studied for its ability to increase longevity and prevent aging-related conditions.
Another way of reducing free radical activity is to use something like Matis Reponse Jeunesse AvantAge Jeunesse – Normal & Dry Skin – this helps to prevent visible signs of aging for a youthful, glowing complexion. The Longevity Complex aids in the production of the proteins that prolong cell life and moderate cell metabolism. The Protective Complex shields the skin against free radical activity and protein glycation. Matis AvantAge Age Prevention Normal/Dry Cream strengthens and protects skin while maintaining the health and radiance of youthful skin.
- Visibly improves signs of aging.
- Shields the skin against free radicals.
- Strengthens and protects skin.
- Longevity Complex – An extract of vine shoots and rice which enables the synthesis of the proteins responsible for longevity.
- Protective Complex – A complex of peptides which shields with antioxidant and anti-glycation technologies. Inhibits the gradual stiffening of proteins while also warding off free radicals.