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Nutrients For Healthy Skin

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When it comes to your skin, we can’t stress the importance of a healthy diet. While some things like acne are primarily the result of genetics and hormones, skin problems on the outside can be a huge indicator of poor internal health. Usually when we have a skin problems like oil control, breakouts, and wrinkles, we immediately turn to products. And with all the products available, we’re sure to find one to cure our woes, aren’t we? Maybe, but we’re not fixing the problem. If anything we’re making it worse by covering it up without getting to the root of the problem. Instead, take your skin concern, and look inside first. Sometimes, the answer is as easy as eating more spinach or drinking more tea.

Free Radicals & Your Skin

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If you’ve done any skincare research, whether on products or treatments, you’ve probably heard the term “free radical” thrown around. We know they’re bad, that we need to protect ourselves from them, but what exactly are they?

A free radical is an atom or molecule that has an unpaired electron in its outer shell. Every cell produces free radicals when it breaks down calories for energy. These free radicals are highly reactive, meaning they will ‘attack’ stable cells to fill the spot of their missing electron.

When free radicals accumulate, they will cause oxidative damage, and oxidative damage causes cells to age faster. This phenomenon was noted in the 1950’s by Denham Harman, in what he called the Free Radical Theory of Aging (FRTA). It essentially states that an accumulation of free radical damage will cause cells to age faster. By stating this he also said that you can extend cellular lifespan by reducing oxidative damage.

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