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What are Antioxidants?

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What are antioxidants

Antioxidants are nutrients (vitamins and minerals) and enzymes (proteins inside your body) that can help to prevent and repair damage to your body's tissue. Antioxidants do this by slowing or preventing the effects of free radicals, which start oxidation -- a process that causes damage from oxygen and this can lead to cell dysfunction.

How antioxidants work

Oxidation occurs throughout nature. In the case of our skin, it is largely caused by the creation of free radicals at the cellular level when skin is exposed to ultraviolet light. If you've seen a peeled apple turn brown, you've seen oxidation in action. As antioxidants block the effects of free radicals, they end up being oxidised. As a first line of defense, some antioxidants suppress formation of free radicals, while others “scavenge” to remove them before they do damage, or work to repair damage once it has been done. Antioxidants protect skin by limiting the production of free radicals, which can damage skin cells. Antioxidants in skin care products can do a lot for the health and appearance of your skin, including reducing the signs of aging.

Nimue’s take on antioxidants

Antioxidants is part of the Nimue philosophy and part of the four treatment principles. Active ingredients facilitate the requirements of each principle. Antioxidants are incorporated in Nimue to protect the skin from free radical damage produced by normal ageing, pollution, UV radiation exposure, stress and smoking. Antioxidants are capable of neutralising the destructive effects of the free radical molecule. They do this by donating electrons to free radicals before they get a chance to steal one from a healthy cell. By producing an electron, antioxidants convert the free radical to a more stable form.

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