How harmful are ozone and polluted air for the skin?
Antioxidants such as Q10 reduce stress on the skin
We all know meanwhile that skin damage by UV radiation was not invented by the cosmetics industry and hardly anyone would now bask in the summer sun without adequate UV protection. But how much harm can free radicals do to the skin – such as aggressive oxygen molecules in combination with particulates, smog or smoke?
Environmental pollution promotes oxidative stress
In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung – a German national newspaper – dermatologist Volker Steinkraus, founder of Dermatologikum Hamburg, a dermatology clinic, emphasised that each metabolic process in the human body also produces aggressive molecules – the so-called free radicals. Stress, exposure to sunlight, smoking or a poor diet increase this effect just like ozone and polluted air do, as fine dust or tiny particles enter the pores and attack the skin through oxidative stress.
Antioxidants like Q10 support the deactivation of free radicals
The human body defends itself against oxidative stress caused by free radicals through radical scavengers with an antioxidative effect such as vitamins A, C, E or Q10. Even though the body produces these radical scavengers itself, moisture creams with an antioxidative effect can effectively protect the skin, for example, from environmental stressors. As regards the positive effects, the dermatologist, however, points out that UV radiation promotes the production of free radicals and that adequate protection against solar radiation should not be neglected in skin care.
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