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Oxidative Stress. Why You Should Care

Oxidative Stress. Why You Should Care

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The skin is a protective envelope that is imperative for homeostasis (the ability of an organism to keep the inside functioning properly for survival). And because it is exposed, it gets targeted by an insane amount of damage from internal and external factors that manipulate the function and structure of the skin. One of the most significant processes that damage the skin and have been linked to cancer, diabetes, metabolic disorders, atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular diseases [1] is oxidative stress. Here, homeostasis is disrupted not only in the skin but in the body as well.

What is Oxidative Stress?

It's a whole process caused by an imbalance between the production and build-up of oxygen reactive species (also called free radicals, ROS, or oxygen radicals) in the body and skin (mostly created in your mitochondria where you produce energy). The process also includes the ability of the body to get rid of ROS.

How is Oxidative Stress Produced?

Internally, free radicals are generated from other processes in the body and skin like immune cell activation, inflammation, infection, excessive exercise, mental stress, and aging. Externally, their production occurs when you're exposed to harsh environments such as:

  • Pollution
  • Heavy metals (not heavy metal🤘)
  • Certain drugs
  • Toxic chemical solvents
  • Cooking with oils and fat
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Alcohol
  • Radiation (like UV)

Oxidative stress is a by-product when the above materials absorb through the skin or body and are either degraded or metabolized.

Why you don't want too much

Too much of anything is not a good thing. And as mentioned above, oxidative stress can cause the onset of some serious diseases if the body is unable to detoxify or protect itself from an overproduction of ROS. The interaction with the build-up ROS on the body depends on the:

  • Strength
  • Exposure
  • Context

If the body can’t get rid of it fast enough, ROS literally makes the cell end its life (dayum). This is called cell apoptosis, which easily causes skin aging mostly affecting the nose, surrounding regions, and the area between the eyebrows [3].

Why do you need it?

The body needs a microdose of oxidative stress as it’s essential for proper blood flow changes, it’s imperative for cell-to-cell signaling involved in the cause and resolution of thrombosis (this prevents blood loss from a cut), and is crucial for normal neural activity.  

Overproduction Of Oxidative Stress Occurs All The Time, What Can You Do?

As we age, the natural antioxidant capacity decreases, and the overall efficiency of reparative systems against oxidative stress becomes impaired. There are studies that show stilbene compounds, a diverse group of natural defense phenolics, abundant in grapes, berries, and conifer bark, may protect against the effects of ROS that lead to aging. One of the top reasons why GOA’s Skin Booster Supplement is so efficient is to take down ROS in the skin from the inside out. Learn more about the benefits of the Skin Booster’s 30-day routine and how it can be part of your daily life.

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1. Taniyama Y., Griendling K. K. Reactive oxygen species in the vasculature. Hypertension. 2003;42:1075–1081. doi: 10.1161/01.HYP.0000100443.09293.4F. 
2. Pacher P., Beckman J. S., Liaudet L. Nitric oxide and peroxynitrite in health and disease. Physiological Reviews. 2007;87:315–424. doi: 10.1152/physrev.00029.2006.
3. Scientific Reports. volume 10, Article number: 9626 (2020) 

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