Are AntiOxidants making us look old?

By April 10, 2009 Anti-Aging, Blog, Skincare

Are AntiOxidants making us look old? I just read this interesting tidbit on

“If you’ve been diligently applying all of your antioxidant-infused products every a.m., there’s a chance that they can turn on you once they’re exposed to UV rays, and — brace yourself — become pro-oxidants, actually generating free radicals, according to Thomas Meyer, PhD of the Coppertone Solar Research Center.

This is a big deal, since its free-radicals that break down our cell structure and – in short – make us look old. Antioxidants were were supposed to protect us.

Also posted is this bit of information: 

Some antioxidants are produced by the body and some by plants, and so they can be derived from the diet. Their job is to combat free radicals – highly reactive molecules formed as a natural by-product of cellular activity. Free radicals are also created by exposure to cigarette smoke, strong sunlight, and breathing in pollution.

These aggressive chemicals present a constant threat to cells and DNA. We know they can lead to cell damage, cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular problems. Free radicals have also been implicated in everything from strokes to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Antioxidants stop the chain reactions triggered by free radicals that can damage and destroy cells. So it may seem entirely reasonable that it would be a good thing to eat and drink more antioxidants to boost the supply – or even rub them into your skin. But this is by no means the case.

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Yikes. So does that mean all of our fancy antioxidant-rich products should be saved for nighttime? Not necessarily.”

First of all, I do realize that I am the first one to contribute to spreading rumors & gossip if this ends up being not true, but it just seems a little suspicious to me that the person who is claiming this is the same person who has developed the “solution”. Sounds like a Mad Men episode to me…and I’m still not buying the whole high SPF application yet either.

I’d opt for a more organic method rather than smearing more chemicals onto your face…but that’s just me.


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