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Free radicals are a major cause of aging — and your skin is the #1 target, because it’s more exposed to the environment than any other organ. Here’s everything you need to know about the importance of using potent antioxidants like Lipochroman® in the fight for younger-looking skin.

How free radicals damage skin

Free radicals are electrically-charged molecules that destroy cells. They start off as ordinary carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen in your body. When they get altered through radiation or pollution, however, they become dangerously unstable.

As they react with DNA, collagen, elastin, and other essential building blocks in your cells, they begin causing oxidative damage. (Think of how apples turn brown after you cut them — that’s oxidation.) This damage leads to visible signs of skin aging, like:

  • Sun spots
  • Fine lines & wrinkles
  • Dull, grey skin tone
  • Loss of volume
  • Redness and inflammation
  • Sagging, “tired” appearance
  • Coarse or uneven texture

Free radicals occur everywhere

Free radicals are impossible to avoid entirely. They form through your body’s natural processes, environmental pollution, sun exposure, and certain lifestyle-related factors, including:

  • UV radiation
  • Smog
  • Heavy metals
  • Industrial solvents
  • Pesticides
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Alcohol
  • Stress
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Ozone
  • Organic aerosols

Antioxidants fight oxidative stress

Antioxidants work by “donating” an electron to neutralize the electrically-charged free radical. Once stabilized, it returns to its original state — a harmless, stable molecule. Your body naturally produces antioxidants protect your skin from oxidative stress caused by free radicals. However, it’s not always enough to keep up with the damage.

That’s where your skincare products come in.

Lipochroman®: A triple threat

Antioxidants in skincare are an essential tool for anti-aging, because they help reduce oxidative stress when your body cannot. Choosing a product regimen with powerful, medical-strength antioxidants is one of the very best ways to help prevent skin aging… and it doesn’t get more powerful than Lipochroman®.

Effective against all 3 classes of free radicals (oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon), this groundbreaking synthetic antioxidant is featured in many of CosMedical’s anti-aging products to achieve impressive, clinically-proven results. CosMedical products that have Lipochroman® are: 

To learn more, read our previous article - Spotlight on: Lipochroman®