How to reduce stress . . . to your skin
When we come into contact with pollution, solar radiation and cigarette smoke free radicals are generated in the skin which can be damaging to the skin to varying degrees – this process is called oxidative stress. Antioxidants are recommended to combat this free radical inflicted damage.
Enter Alpha Lipoic Acid, better known by its more friendly acronym – ALA
This is an alpha antioxidant for a reason. Often referred to as a Universal antioxidant, ALA is found in every cell in the body.
If this antioxidant were a person it would be one of those environmentally conscious hipster types with no carbon footprint. That is because ALA recycles and regenerates other antioxidants like there is no tomorrow. When they lose their own ability to act as antioxidants Vitamin C, Vitamin E and coenzyme Q10 all get a good recycling by this super antioxidant.
OK, ALA recycles more than I do, but what does that mean for my skin?
Research suggests that ALA can support the skin’s dermal renewal process thus reducing the visible effects of ageing on skin, and improving the appearance without any noticeable side effects.
It also has the ability to protect both the cell membrane and the inside of cells against oxidation. Why? Because it is both water and lipid soluble. Lipid what? (Lipid refers to non-water soluble things like fatty acids, waxes and oils). Vitamin E and other fat-soluble antioxidants can only protect cell membranes while water-soluble antioxidants such as Vitamin C only works well in an aqueous environment. Alpha lipoic acid works well in both.