Powerful Antioxidants for the Summer…
The summer sun and hot weather can bring a lot of enjoyment. But it’s important to understand how too much sun can impact your skin.
FREE RADICALS and ANTIOXIDANTS
Sun exposure creates massive amounts of free radicals which damage or mutate the skin cells. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules created by environmental exposures and other sources of UV
radiation. When free radicals impair skin cells, the damage shows up as wrinkles, inflammation, hyperpigmentation,and other blemishes.
Antioxidants are naturally occurring within the body and protect skin cells from being damaged by
these oxidizing free radicals. However, with the amount of overexposure to ultraviolet light, the skin
cannot produce enough antioxidants on its own to neutralize these free radicals. By adding antioxidants into the body, the odds of protecting the skin from damage and premature aging are greater.
PROTECTING THE SKIN
Clayton Shagal uses a variety of antioxidants in its skin care products to protect the skin from external aggressors. The top 3 favorites for summer are: Vitamin E, Artemia Extract, and Cacao.
Always a favorite in most moisturizers because it is a lipid-soluble antioxidant, Vitamin E (tocopherol) delivers photo-protective benefits to the skin by reducing UV light induced damage. Vitamin E is excellent for promoting a youthful appearance and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Found in Clayton Shagal’s Cucumber & Avocado Mask, Ultra Matifying Cream, Illumine Cream, Idratense Cream, and Nutri Sublime Cream.
Artemia Extract is a unique antioxidant that infuses amino acids, peptides, and enzymes to strengthen the skin’s barrier. It essentially helps boost the skin’s natural defenses and resistance to UV light and heat-induced stress by promoting more oxygenation to the skin. The key benefit is that it protects DNA from UV damage and decreases UV induced inflammation. This is an excellent ingredient to complement oxygen facials. Found in Clayton Shagal’s Illumine Cream and Placyderm Cream.
Cacao beans, chocolate in its purest form, is loaded with antioxidants known as flavonoids. Flavonoids contain potent anti-inflammatory, astringent, and anti-microbial properties. Topically applied, this antioxidant can help reduce inflammation and photo-aging in the skin. Found in Clayton Shagal’s Mokaccino Mud Mask.
This summer, harness the power of antioxidant protection and enjoy healthy skin!