Your Fight Against Oxidative Stress
Firstly, you should know that oxidative stress has nothing to do with psychological stress and anxiety. As it functions each day, your body constantly produces free radicals, aggressive substances for your cells that can be controlled, even destroyed, by compounds that can detoxify them. These are antioxidants.
The problem arises when there is an imbalance, these free radicals are produced in excess and the body can't do anything to protect itself. This is what we mean by oxidative stress. Whether on a small or medium scale, it provokes the denaturation of several different elements in the body such as proteins, lipids, sugars, tissue alteration, and muscles, arteries. The result – acceleration of skin ageing.
There are a number of factors that encourage oxidative stress and sometimes it can be difficult to figure out which one is the culprit. For example, illnesses such as cardiovascular disorders, cancer, or certain chronic illnesses that cause inflammatory problems. Anxiety, as well as excess weight, can also create imbalances. Exterior factors are also at play here. Pollution, smoking, alcohol, medication, sun, intensive physical activity, or, in contrast, a sedentary lifestyle. And, of course, imbalances can also appear when you have a lower intake of antioxidants in your diet.
To prevent oxidative stress, it is essential to limit the factors which can encourage it, such as tobacco or sun exposure. Having a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet will also help reinforce your body so it's more capable of fighting off these free radicals. But the best way to combat this oxidative stress is to fill up on antioxidants!
Focus on vitamin A (tuna, cheese, eggs, fruits, and vegetables with orange and red flesh, carrots, spinach, lamb's lettuce, broccoli, green beans), C (citrus fruits, exotic fruits, parsley, kiwi, strawberries, watercress, brussels sprouts, potatoes) and E (sunflower oil, corn oil, grapeseed oil, almonds, cashew nuts, prawns, crab, broccoli, avocado, asparagus), the trace-elements (selenium, zinc, copper) and polyphenols (these are found in several different fruits and vegetables, but are also responsible for the antioxidant powers of wine and tea).
Given that you would have to eat a massive amount of antioxidant-rich foods to see a real difference, facial skincare creams lend a helping hand as these antioxidants are integrated almost systematically into the formulas of both moisturisers and anti-ageing creams. For example, the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Moisturizing Eye Cream is enriched with pro-retinol A that stimulates cell renewal to thicken the epidermis to reduce wrinkles. The light creamy texture of the Revitalift Eye Cream penetrates quickly into the skin and immediately the eye contour is moisturized and more toned. With regular use, crow’s feet wrinkles are reduced and the eye contour regains its firmness and looks revitalized.
3. Nutritional supplements
If you have a healthy balanced diet, you shouldn't ideally need nutritional supplements. However, if you want to give them a go, pay close attention to the mixtures and dosages and ask your pharmacist for advice.