What is Oxidative Stress?
How does stress affect our skin?
‘Oxidative stress’ seems to be a bit of a buzz word at the moment. But what actually is it? What does it mean in terms of our skin?
Oxidative stress is an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in the body, which can lead to cell and tissue damage. Free radicals are caused by exposure to pollution, the sun, and stress. Oxidative stress is definitely on the rise as our lives become more busy and hectic and our working hours become longer.
Oxidative stress and the role of free radicals
Oxidative stress, and the rise of free radicals in the skin, can cause ageing, and other skin problems such as pigmentation. Melanocyte cells (the cells that give you a tan) found in the dermis, try to protect our other skin cells from free radicals, caused by oxidative stress, by shooting out an umbrella of cells. This leads to increased pigmentation and uneven skin tone. Free radicals also break down collagen and elastin in the skin which also leads to ageing.
So what can we do to stop free radicals and increased ageing?
This is where our skin regime comes in.
Here at The Potting Shed we use Evolve products for all our beauty treatments, which contain highly effective superfoods and natural active ingredients.
Evolve Beauty’s organic skincare products
Evolve products such as the multi peptide cream and superfood serum, contain natural amino acids and peptide complexes from coconut. A study found that after one month of using such ingredients on the face, there was an 85% reduction in free radicals in the skin!
Other evolve products are also age smart for your skin! The cleansing melt contains both Vitamin C, an excellent antioxidant, to neutralise free radicals, and also Vitamin A which increases cellular renewal and thus helping to reduce the appearance of pigmentation, both perfect for combating oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress is a natural process
Of course, oxidative stress is a natural process and it’s inevitable to some extent. But by taking time out for ourselves, and using the appropriate skin care products, we can limit our exposure and the damage caused.
Active products, from natural ingredients, such as Evolve, are a great way of protecting the skin and neutralising free radicals. They contain high amounts of antioxidants, and since the ingredients are natural, they penetrate much deeper into the skin than other synthetic products.