Protect your skin and prevent ageing by banishing free radicals this summer
As we are coming into summer we should be using physical sun protection every day on our skin, such as sunscreens, hats and sunglasses, which help prevent UV damage and premature ageing. Better summer skin care also involves maintaining a healthy diet to help prevent free radical damage caused from the sun and other contributors towards skin ageing!
Banish free radicals this summer by reading skin specialist Sia Hendry’s skin care tips below to protect your skin against free radicals and prevent anti-ageing through better summer skin care.
What are free radicals in your skin?
Free radicals are caused by unstable elements in our environment that cause your skin to replicate molecules in its’ structure when needing to reproduce and repair skin cells. Your skin will look to other molecules in the skin substance and the information in that substance depends on your diet and skin care. That is a pretty basic explanation of a complex physiological process that happens constantly in your skin, but free radicals trigger damage to skin when the information they are receiving is not healthy.
For example, if collagen in your skin is plump and healthy, then oxidation of the skin by free radicals is less likely to happen than if your collagen supply is not as plentiful.
Skin Care author, beauty and fashion director, Lois Joy Johnson, uses this analogy:
“Picture these as bandits. They’re molecules missing an electron that attack healthy skin cells to steal their electrons leading to a damaging chain reaction called oxidation. This causes loss of firmness, wrinkles, lines, and uneven skin tone.”
What causes free radicals?
The primary causes of free radicals are the usual suspects, some of which we cannot escape living in a city:
- cigarette smoke
- air (yes really!)
- herbicides and sunlight.
So is there a preventative solution to free radicals? In a word, yes: Antioxidants.
Antioxidants and why they matter
Antioxidants prevent oxidation damage being triggered in your skin at the cellular level by ‘donating’ one of their own electrons to end the free radical chain reaction. Antioxidants include:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Green tea
- Grape seed extract
- Gingko extract
- White tea
- Olive leaf
- Green coffee extract
- Ferulic acid
- Pomegranate extract
These ‘best friends’ for your skin can be found in skin creams, but also in food, which is why your diet can become a powerful weapon in preventing skin damage and preventing ageing.
Diet is essential to fight anti-ageing skin
Sia’s core philosophy is “caring for skin from the inside out” and with an in-depth understanding about the skin, skin conditions and the factors that lead to skin ageing, Sia recommends reviewing your diet together with a qualified and experienced skin specialist to put together a skin care plan. There is no better time to start than now, and the short- to medium-term investment that you make in your diet and skin care will result in long-term confidence and overall health.
One of the key habits you can start (or continue) is to eat real food, that is in season, and wholefoods in the form of fruit and vegetables (not supplements). Every meal, every day, when the food is at its’ nutritional peak and flavour, and unprocessed, then you will stree?stress? your organs less through the processing of the food, the energy will last longer, and less impurities will appear flushed out on your skin. Think holistically about your skin care and you will be rewarded.
Balance your diet
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Review your summer skin care protection
Sun – a major free radical factor in skin deterioration
The majority of sun-related, skin-ageing conditions are caused by exposure to UV radiation in sunlight. According to the Cancer Council of Australia, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70. Melanoma (skin cancer) is the most common cancer in Australians aged 15-44 years. This is a significant statistic that should encourage you to wear sunscreen protection any time that you are in the harsh Australian sun.
Even if the skin does not burn, skin cells can still be damaged which, year after year, can age skin and lead to skin cancer.
Use physical sun protection: MINC – Moisturising Zinc 20%
Without any nasties, chemicals, fragrance and parabens, Minc Natural Moisturising Zinc is packed with Antioxidants such as Green Tea, Ginko and Grape Seed to prevent free radical damage from UV exposure. Also packed with Hydrators such as Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Jojoba for the prevention of moisture loss from UV exposure. Knowing this, why wouldn’t you want a sunscreen that includes antioxidants for free radical damage, as that is what UV does too!
Daytime serums to hydrate and brighten the skin
Shift AM uses a multi-aspect approach to reduce the appearance of excess pigmentation and uneven skin tone. Containing a complex of innovative brightening and exfoliating properties within a dimethicone-based gel emulsion, this serum quickly absorbs into the skin to improve texture and replenish hydration. Suitable even for skin prone to redness, rosacea and environmental irritation, Shift AM is packed with a highly diverse set of ingredients that work to revitalise the appearance of skin, from the inside out. Also including a complementary host of botanicals, skin will look more supple, vibrant and even.
Sun exposure and skin protection
Considering what you are doing out in the sun will affect the application and performance of your sunscreen and other sun protection:
- If you are swimming in the ocean: apply twenty minutes before you go into the water to give your skin a chance to absorb the SPF and not wash off in the sea.
- If you are swimming in a swimming pool: apply twenty minutes before you go into the water to give your skin a chance to absorb the SPF and after swimming, make sure you have a clean water shower to remove all traces of chlorine from your skin and swimming costume, as it dries out skin and bleaches fabric!
- If you are wearing fake tan: stay in the shade wherever possible, wear a broad-brimmed hat, sun protective clothing and sunglasses, use SPF 30+, water-resistant, and re-apply every two hours.
- If you cannot avoid prolonged sun exposure: drink lots of water to hydrate your skin while out in the sun.
The Cancer Council 2015 SunSmart campaign recommends SPF30 or higher, broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen. No sunscreen fully protects your skin, so do not rely on it as the only protection for your skin. Use generous amounts, applied liberally, and reapply every two hours regardless of the label instructions. If you have an allergic reaction to a sunscreen, try another brand. Fragrance-free brands, baby brands or chemist formulations may not affect your skin in the same way.
Ask your skin specialist what products they recommend – they are specialists in skin treatment and diagnosis. Sydney skin specialist clinics You By Sia are built around a core philosophy of caring for skin from the inside out. While they believe in addressing the cause of skin concerns, rather than masking symptoms, they can advise a course of treatment starting with sunscreen recommendation, right through to Advanced rejuvenation treatments designed to target common skin concerns, such as ageing, pigmentation, acne scarring, rosacea, stretch marks and cellulite. You By Sia clinics specialise in advanced skin and body treatments, including bespoke Skin Rejuvenation programs.
Say yes to antioxidants and better summer skin care
By planning better summer skin care through diet and skin care, you can now feel more confident in preventing free radicals and protecting your skin against ageing. If you would like to make a plan with your You By Sia skin clinic, please make an appointment at one of our six skin specialist clinics based in Sydney CBD, Parramatta, Burwood, Castle Hill, Bondi Junction and St. Ives.