Free radicals are toxic by-products of the body’s natural metabolic processes that cause oxidative damage to cells and tissues. In addition, environmental and lifestyle factors add to our free-radical burden, these include but are not limited to: alcohol, cigarette smoke, air and water pollutants, pesticides used in gardening, fried foods, household cleaners, radiation, anaesthetics, and physical and emotional stress.
In simple terms free radicals are unstable molecules that have a missing electron. Without excess electrons available, they steal electrons from healthy cells. Free radicals can trigger a long chain of destructive activity if they remain unchecked. Many years of medical research has revealed that free radical activity represents a major cell damaging factor that is implicated in every degenerative disease.
Over 60 diseases are recognised as having free radicals as one of their major contributors, to name but a few:
- premature ageing
- stiff joints
- wrinkled skin
- circulatory disorders
- liver cirrhosis
- heart disease
- fat accumulation or adipose tissue commonly known as cellulite
The human body is fortunately equipped with free radical scavengers that have capability to neutralize unstable cells, providing that diet and lifestyle habits are adequate. Anti-oxidants are well-known free-radical scavengers. When a free radical comes in contact with an anti-oxidant, the radical is neutralized and becomes harmless. Anti-oxidants do this by “donating” excess electrons to unstable molecules before they are stolen from healthy cells. The very basis of good health lies in the quality of these cells.
DermaFix Cosmeceutical Skin Care have a range of products with anti-oxidant boosting benefits;
A revitalising skin booster offering anti-oxidant benefits preventing photo-ageing caused from UVA/UVB exposure. This hydrating blend of active ingredients is formulated for the improvement and prevention of dehydration whilst combating post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. DermaFix C-Spritz is rich in Vitamin C, known to prevent damage caused from free radicals and thereby assists to recover the skins natural balance post sun exposure.
Formulated to help to reduce the visible signs of photo-ageing by helping to fight destructive free radicals. In addition, the skin acquires important protection from damaging ultra-violet rays. These productive functions result in retextured, toned, and younger looking skin. DermaFix Vitamin C Serum is made from organic citrus fruit concentrates that are rich in vitamin C and amino acids, free radical spin trap assisting to lighten and brighten the skin.
An active multivitamin revitalising cream helping to stimulate collagen synthesis. The formulation consists of a generous content of vitamins A, B5, C, D and E. It effectively provides a smoothing, lightening and anti-oxidant skin treatment, while helping to stimulate the skin’s own protection against UV radiation and environmental stress. In addition, DermaFix Vitaplex-C activates skin’s native collagen and provides moisturising benefits through its natural herbal extracts, nourishing oils, and exclusive amino acids.
This High Potency formula of Vitamin C is a revolutionary anti-oxidant combination that delivers photo-protective capabilities, neutralizing free-radicals, helping build collagen and providing unmatched anti-oxidant protection. More protection means more youthful looking skin and better defence against environmental ageing.
UVA (long rays) penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB (short rays). Radiation triggers free-radical and oxidative stress causes collagen to break down (cross-linking) so that skin wrinkles, weakens elastin so that skin sags, and brings about unsightly hyperpigmentation (actinic keratosis). Both UVA and UVB rays in excess are detrimental to the skin causing photo-ageing. It is essential to incorporate sun protection into your regime in order to prevent free radical attack.
DermaShield SPF 50 High Protection sunscreen is SANS 1557:2013, ISO 24444, ISO 24443 and offers water resistant capabilities.
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