What oxidative stress is about and how to help your skin health with natural antioxidants!

Have you ever heard about oxidative stress? Maybe you can give yourself an idea by just reading the headline -Daily stress is actually just one of the variables!-.
The truth is, this is a chemical process happening within your body that has a lot of triggers coming from our daily habits such as: what you eat, what you drink, what your body absorbs in so many different ways! 

Taking into consideration nowadays lifestyle, it is kind of hard to keep in line all the time #WeAllWantSomeFun. Even if you’re pretty mindful with your diet, that’s actually not enough! And none of us is exempt from some of the variables or triggers that are in the environment -like pollution for example-. That’s why, caring about antioxidants is as important as keeping yourself aware of the oxidative stress triggers.

Let’s talk about this important topic with more details…

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Oxidative stress in few words

Oxidative stress is the consequence of the highly production of free radicals -Radical is a molecule that has an unpaired valence electron-, the bigger issue with these radicals is when their number overcomes the antioxidant defense system capacity, because they won’t no longer be able to balance or donate that missing electron. Here’s when oxidative stress happens!

Some of the direct consequences are: the damaging of body proteins, lipids and even DNA. 

Maybe you've read about this matter as one of the major players in the aging process. And as you might have already noticed, the effects could be in dermis and epidermis as well. Both levels of consequences are to be taken seriously, because acceleration of the aging process is scary -yes-, but even worst are some of the deeper deseases coming from this unbalance happening in our molecules, such as cancer. 

Run away from Oxidative stress triggers!

Some of the most common factors involved in the over production of radicals are:
  • Processed foods
  • Smoking
  • UV irradiation -I hope you already bought a higher SPF sunscreen for spring!-
  • Pollution
  • Radiation
  • A diet high in sugar
  • Alcohol
  • STRESS! -How’s home office/ home school parenting going? Give yourself necessary breaks for grounding-

The power of Antioxidants

Antioxidants are our skin superheroes! They help us in the process of fighting the signs of aging, help acne prone skin, and they are an amazing anti inflammatory -it helps with sunburn-. 
See? That’s why we love Antioxidants!

Some of the most powerful antioxidants are: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B3 and so on...

If you are wondering about taking a lot of supplements and pills... #PanicAttack!
Fear not! Because there are a lot of things you can do in order to help yourself protect your skin with daily natural solutions.

Here are the hacks about where to find these superheroes:

  • Berries
  • Citrus fruits
  • Cherries
  • Prunes
  • Vegetables such as: carrots, broccoli, olives, onion
  • Tomatoes
  • Fish
  • Nuts
  • Green tea
  • Garlic
  • Cinnamon
  • COFFEE! -Is actually one of the largest sources of antioxidants in our diet-

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The perfect match

Adding some of those founts of antioxidants is not enough if you don’t balance your daily routine. Being mindful with your habits is key for this plan to be successful.

How can you make it? Keep in mind: having a regular exercise routine, don’t smoke, be environmentally conscious -Pollution is a consequence of human race being unconscious about our planet-, wear sunscreen #PleasePlease, moderate your alcohol intake and keep a good sleep routine. 
See? Little easy steps make the difference!

If you want to follow more of our tips, go to our instagram page @fivessoglow and be ready to rock spring!

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Sources:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4496685/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24568458/#:~:text=An%20increased%20amount%20of%20the,to%20skin%20diseases%20including%20cancer.
https://www.healthline.com/health/oxidative-stress#takeaway

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