CosBeauty Magazine #86

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CosBeauty is the #BeautyAddict's guide to lifestyle, health and beauty in Australia.
In this issue:
- The 2019 Christmas Gift Guide
- City Skin Detox
- Fool Proof Steps for Party Survival
- Diet is a Dirty Word
- Hair Trends from Catwalk Zimmerman
- Fertility Options for Cancer Survivors

Pollution

solutions

Just think of a sliced apple turning brown to

visualise the urban impact of oxidisation on your

skin. Research is increasingly pointing the blame

for ageing and illness towards oxidative cell

damage caused by the environment. Here is where

antioxidants step in to defend the skin, providing it

with a fighting chance of repairing existing damage

and defending itself against future ageing.

Antioxidants are compounds that counteract the

damaging effects of free radicals on cell structures,

as well as cellular DNA. Free radicals accelerate

the ageing process and are the result of oxygen

molecules being oxidised; but they can also be

created by exposure to various environmental

factors, smoking and UV radiation. They are unstable

cells that, if left unchecked, can compromise your

health and potentially lead to cancer.

When pollution damages the skin, the cells release

superoxide free radicals and other molecules that

unleash their energy at random, like a stray bullet.

For years the leading antioxidants in topical beauty

products were Vitamins A, C and E. The list now

also includes alpha hydroxyl acids, hyaluronic acid,

peptides, coenzyme Q10, idebenone, resveratrol

and coffeeberry, many of which are found in the

latest grime-fighting products – from the cosmetic

giants to the natural and organic boutique lines.

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