Yes, this article will veer away from the usual advice of putting on your sunscreens to protect your skin from the sun’s aging effects. A number of the industry’s top experts are admitting that they’re no longer just relying on sunscreen to fight off aging anymore. I know. I understand. I have that same shocked expression too.
Recent studies show that antioxidants appear to be more effective in fighting off the sun’s harmful rays than your sunscreens. Studies that claim sunscreens block off UVA and UVB rays are still true. But experts clarified that these rays only make up seven percent of solar energy. New research shows that infrared radiation from the sun is even more damaging to the skin than UV rays. IRA penetrates deeper into the skin, producing free radicals that damage cells and hasten aging.
How to Fight Free Radicals
Free radicals are the enemies. This is the simplest way doctors defined these unstable molecules. The more free radicals, the more they could damage healthy cells, the faster we age. Experts say antioxidants remain to be the best weapon to fight off “the” enemies. How? Free radicals have uneven number of electrons. To complete themselves, they steal from our cells, damaging them in the process. If you have enough antioxidants in the body, this can be prevented. Antioxidants provide the missing electrons to the free radicals before they can steal from your cells.
Antioxidant Serum VS Sunscreen with Antioxidants
Doctors suggest putting on antioxidant serum under your sunscreen. Sunscreen is still important as it still fights off rays that are damaging to the skin. However, antioxidant serum should be right under it. I could not emphasize this enough. Sunscreens sometimes contain chemicals that produce free radicals as well. This means that without the serum, sunscreens actually do more harm than good. Don’t be easily swayed also by sunscreens that claim they have antioxidants. Antioxidants in those bottles are so minimal that their effect is negligible, if not zero. One good source of antioxidants is Argan Oil. Use it as a moisturizer on the face and the entire body and apply it before your sunscreen. Also known as liquid gold, Argan oil does not only provide your skin with the needed antioxidants to fight off free radicals, it is also packed with Vitamin E. This is probably why it’s hailed as the miracle oil from Morocco.
Antioxidants Don’t Remove Wrinkles
Let me make this point clear as early as now to prevent false expectations. If you already have those lines, then a boost of antioxidants on your skin will do little to remove them. What they do is prevent more cell damage that hasten aging. They prevent. They don’t cure. However they can help minimise its appearance.