My 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, oxidative stress causes the denaturation of several different elements in the body such as proteins, lipids, sugars, tissue alteration, muscles, and arteries. The result – acceleration of skin ageing.

There are a number of factors that could be oxidative stress causes 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 it, it is essential to limit contact to oxidative stress causes, such as tobacco or sun exposure. Having a healthy lifestyle, a balanced diet and efforts to protect skin from pollution 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! Here are a few tips and tricks that will guide you on how to prevent oxidative stress:



Facial skincare creams lend a helping hand in reducing oxidative stress as these antioxidants are integrated almost systematically into the formulas of both moisturisers and anti-ageing creams. But before you go on with applying creams, start with lighter formulas like essences and serums! We highly recommend using salicylic acid when it comes to oxidative stress or soothing the skin in general.

But wait, is salicylic acid good for the skin?

Salicylic Acid is a gentle exfoliator that helps you effectively combat acne, whiteheads and blackheads. It is a skincare ingredient that is a boon for your skin, because it even helps in calming it down to a great extent. Also, using salicylic acid for skin concerns like dry and dull skin helps you target these specific concerns and repair them.

The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro Essence is an essence with salicylic acid that helps brighten your skin. Benefits of Salicylic acid for the skin include hydrating and repairing your skin while adding radiance. The salicylic acid product is also enriched with Centella Asiatica, which is known for its healing power to deeply repair your skin, boost elasticity and smooth out lines and wrinkles. The facial essence penetrates 10 layers deep into the skin*, exfoliates skin gently, refines texture, cleans pores, removes excess oil & soothes inflammation. This essence shows you the power of what salicylic acid is by helping you achieve glowing skin! Use the Crystal Micro Essence enriched with salicylic acid for skin twice a day after cleansing your face to see the visible benefits of salicylic acid.

If you want a quick fix for your skin, you can use the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro Essence Sheet Mask. It is a sheet mask powered by an advanced patent cushion tissue mask technology. With this technology, the tissue mask acts like a sponge and soaks in 30x more essence** than the normal face mask. It hydrates, brightens and repairs your skin in just 15 mins. The essence in the mask penetrates up to 10 layers deep into your skin to give you crystal clear skin. It is enriched with skin brightening actives that help to accelerate skin reneweal and refine texture revealing brighter, clearer skin and help boost the positive impact of what salicylic acid does to the skin, when applied post applying the facial essence! Using this mask twice a week will help you combat the factors causing oxidative stress.



Along with skincare, focus on including foods rich in nutritional value in your diet. Include vitamin A in your diet with foods like - tuna, cheese, eggs, fruits, and vegetables with orange and red skin, carrots, spinach, lamb's lettuce, broccoli, green beans. Foods rich in vitamin C are also loaded with antioxidants, consuming foods like citrus fruits, exotic fruits, parsley, kiwi, strawberries, watercress, brussels sprouts, potatoes, help you get your daily dose of vitamin C. Foods rich in Vitamin E like sunflower oil, corn oil, grapeseed oil, almonds, cashew nuts, prawns, crab, broccoli, avocado, asparagus are also helpful in combating oxidative stress. Other nutrients that need to be a part of your diet are 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.


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.

*Within epidermis in the stratum corneum layer
**30X more absorbing capacity as compared to dry tissue weight