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Free Radicals For Skin: Definition, Causes, Symptoms, Prevention, & More

Let’s control skin damage, NOW!

May 19, 2021 0 comments
Impact of free radicals on skin

Free radicals skin reminds us of those tiny notorious kids who can’t be at peace.

Take a look at this example.


  • Roam all around the class,
  • Disturb the decorum of the school, and
  • Make everyone like them.

Free radicals

  • Roam around and cause skin damage,
  • Disturb the skin’s collagen, and
  • Make dark spots, sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles

Fortunately, teachers neutralized those frivolous kids by

  • either pairing them up with the bright kids or
  • throwing them out of the class straight away? 😉

But can you neutralize a free radical?

Well, we guess yes!

You can fight free radicals with devices like Myolift microcurrents.


  • you pair them up with another unstable atom
  • or you flush them out as toxins

The best part is: you need not wait anymore to show these free radicals their actual place!

So if you want to

  • stop free radical damage on the skin,
  • grow healthy cells.

let’s first get into the basic chemistry of free radicals.

No, you wouldn’t need the brains of John Dalton or Dmitri Mendeleev to understand this.

We’ll simplify the free radical chemistry for you.

What are free radicals in the body?

what are free radicals in the body

You must be aware the entire world is made up of molecules and atoms.

Let’s walk you through how atoms look.

Think of them as a solar system.

Solar system = atom (by the looks and functions)

The atom has neutrons in the center like you have the Sun in the center…

and electrons orbit around the neutrons, like planets, revolve around the Sun.

Sounds good? Great!

But what if the planets get out of their orbits and move without a path?

Well, you can only expect “big bangs” then.

Similarly, electrons like to move around a fixed path and not leave their friends.

If they leave their friends, everyone’s in trouble, including your body’s cells.

Unfortunately, some electrons split up as atoms break down, leading to unstable molecules.

The moment these electrons get out of their buddy system, you can expect them to go full berserk and radical.

They’re nothing but alone, roaming across your skin, finding their buddies!

They want to be paired.

But if you don’t, they can get mean with your skin tone and health.

They’ll wreak havoc on your health, and you want to stop them ASAP.

What causes free radicals in the body?

what causes free radicals in the body

Anything can break an atom’s buddy system.

Even the body naturally isn’t very soft on these cute little electrons sometimes.

But with the kind of pollution and heat our skin has to go through every day, the outside sources trigger free radicals faster than ever.

Check out these causes that trigger the production of free radicals.

The Sun’s UV rays are your enemies.

Well, you need the Sun for good skin health— there’s hardly any other argument.

But it’s not necessarily good every time!

No hard feelings against you, dear Sun!

But when you shoot missiles full of UV light and high-energy visible lights (yes, the same light we see around us) on our readers, their youthful-looking skin experiences premature aging.

So stop over-imposing yourself to our readers. :@

Okay! We’ve warned the Sun!

Let’s get back to you.

These rays can add oxidative stress to your DNA and damage them— no matter what the skin types are. (1)

Sadly, the stress also adds to unwanted pigmentation other than photoaging (premature skin aging caused by the Sun).

Pollution, by no means, is your friend.

As with the Sun, pollution is one of the vital triggers of skin-damaging free radicals.

Think of pollution as accelerating paddles on the Sun exposure.

That’s right!

What Sun affects you with oxidative stress— pollution only magnifies it.

If you live in a metro where dirt and pollution are part and parcel of life, we’re afraid free radicals will also be present in such parcels of life.

So it’s like where you live, or work decides the degree of free radicals damage on your skin.

If you live in an industrial point, you’re going to have more free radicals in the body! (2)

Take a look at these pollutants that can trigger the aging process.

  • Dust
  • Farming pesticides
  • Industrial chemicals
  • Smog
  • Household cleaners

Smoking! Well, the least said, the better!

smoking! well, the least said, the better!

If you’re wondering how free radicals cause uneven skin tone in so many people…

Well, don’t be surprised if we call out against cigarette smoke!

When you’re already absorbing tons of UV rays and pollution, cigarettes are nothing but nailing your own hands.

You already know how adverse smoking is for your health.

But it’s equally bad for your skincare.

In fact, the smoke itself is a hub of free radicals. (3)

Don’t trust us?

Check out close friends and acquaintances who inhale smoke into their bodies.

They’re most likely to suffer from premature skin aging and skin damage if they are seasoned smokers.

And your dietary lifestyle is a culprit too.

You’re what you eat and drink!

If your dietary choices are not healthy per se, they can trigger the production of free radicals in your body. (4)

Here’re some of the worst offenders that give birth to free radicals:

  • Deep-fried food,
  • Cooked or processed meats,
  • Any meal with high saturated fat,
  • Alcohol.

How are free radicals harmful to your body and skin?

how are free radicals harmful to your body and skin

Free radicals are damn reactive in nature— they can’t sit at peace.

But they can travel any length and breath to find peace.

At worst, they can even dismantle your skin cells and cause issues like Jowl and the nasolabial fold.

Guess what? They want to feel lovely about themselves again.

And it only comes with hunting another atom or molecule to bond.

This quest to bring stability into their “lives” results in stress or reactive oxygen species.

Thinking what these species are…? Well, think of them as unstable molecules that have oxygen.

These molecules tend to react with other molecules in the cells and cause an unwarranted build-up.

The build-up may cause damage to

  • DNA
  • RNA
  • Protein
  • Cells.

We also mentioned how stress

  • Affects other parts of the cells
  • Weakens tissues
  • Makes fine lines prominent
  • Leaves you vulnerable

Not just your body but oxidative instability is present in nature.

How often does your apple or avocado turn brown when left stranded on the counter?

It’s a classic example of what stress can do to your skin!

The brown spots are nothing but the rancidity caused by free radicals.

The worst part is, free radicals may make you suffer from

  • Cancer,
  • Heart disease,
  • Parkinson’s disease, and
  • Alzheimer’s disease.

DNA harming can accelerate skin aging.

If you’re wondering what makes free radicals more damaging to the skin than other organs… well, know it, the skin is your body’s largest organ!

So, who’s to suffer the most?

How free radicals work?

how free radicals work

If you didn’t know— our body has 60% water.

Probably the only place where we have been able to save water. 😉

Now that’s a considerable number.

You can only assume the total H2O molecules in the body.

So basically, you don’t have any shortage of oxygen.

In fact, your body homes billions of oxygen at a time.

What’s sad is, these O2 molecules constantly undergo oxidation.

Even while we’re writing this to you, and if you’re reading this note— millions of radical oxygen molecules are roaming freely!

Well, we are not saying you have to stop all of them from going “berserk,” but our goal is to minimize free radical damage.

Oxidized oxygen steals the electrons…

Then these oxidized oxygen atoms hunt for healthy atoms.

All they want is to steal electrons, wherever they may come from!

They’re so strongly attracted to other molecules like a magnet that they don’t hesitate from wreaking havoc on healthy atoms.

Yes, all this happens inside our bodies like a chain reaction. Sad! Isn’t it?

Followed up by free radical damage.

followed up by free radical damage.

It’s the moment when your skin health is a massive risk.

When these unstable oxygens don’t find electrons from other atoms, our cells are soft targets for them.

They attack these cells and snatch their electrons.

As you know, robbing cells of healthy electrons add to

  • Wrinkles,
  • Sagging,
  • Dryness,
  • Dullness
  • Unwanted pigmentation,
  • Age spots
  • Broken blood vessels.

So don’t be surprised if your skin quality goes down.

Chances are high; you’re continuously exposed to free radicals over time.

How to neutralize free radicals?

how to neutralize free radicals

Just because the entire free radical’s theatrics is happening inside the body doesn’t mean we don’t have any control over them.

We can still fight skin damage… we can still reduce stress.

The good news is: there’s enough science to fend off free radicals from doing what they love the most!

And the best news is: there are alternative ways to treat them without eating loads of drugs and applying layers of chemicals to your skin.

Yes! Biohacking products have been helping regain the healthy cells’ glory without being “too invasive” in your skin!

So let’s check out some of the skincare regimens to stop the signs of aging in you.

Free radicals skin tip#1: Start adding antioxidants to your body.

free radicals skin tip#1 start adding antioxidants to your body.

Remember we talked about how unstable oxygen atoms search for healthy atoms?

How about not leaving it for them?

That’s right!

Now you can take charge of your own body and feed these free radicals with stable atoms or call them antioxidants.

It’s a tremendous win-win for you and the free radicals.

“They get their stable atoms; you get an overall health.”

Antioxidants usually get in touch with free radicals and bind with them— the act is called antioxidants bind.

It’s an excellent way to set unstable oxygen molecules in peace.

Now you might be wondering where to get these antioxidants.

Well, your body has free radicals, antioxidants factories!

They apply their might to stop these unpaired electrons from affecting your skin.

But damage inherited by the Sun and pollution is hard to stop from natural byproducts in the body.

So you intake antioxidants with other means as:

  • Topical application: You apply potent antioxidants directly to the skin
  • Lingual & sublingual intake: You intake well-known antioxidants through dietary changes

Both methods help to neutralize free radicals.

How do you use antioxidants for skincare?

how do you use antioxidants for skin care

You can get a daily dose of antioxidants in multiple ways.

Let’s check a few famous ones:


We think face serum and creams are good options for antioxidant care.

They’re worth the money if you’re looking for laser-targeted care.

We love the most about serums: you can upscale or downscale their use and introduce changes to the am or pm routine.

However, you don’t always need targeted care for the missing electron.

See a dermatologist to know everything about serum skincare.

 Vitamin C and E

Your glass of orange juice is way more than only an immune booster!

If you think of vitamin C from a skincare’s point of view, it’s a potent antioxidant which

  • manages free radicals
  • reduces oxidative stress
  • promotes collagen synthesis
  • regenerates healthy skin

Similarly, Vitamin E shares similar properties to vitamin C.

It can:

  • boost your skin’s natural defenses against free radicals
  • help skin fight environmental aggressors
  • and give the power to stave off signs of aging

It might come out as a shock that Vitamin E is available in most skincare products.

Vitamin B3

If vitamin c and e can do it, Vitamin b3 can do it too.

Vitamin B3 has many forms.

What you need is niacinamide to preserve your skin quality.

If you apply it topically, you can

  • Reduce fine lines (or at least its appearance)
  • Hide wrinkles
  • Manage hyperpigmentation
  • Solve skin redness
Green Tea

green tea

Green tea is one of our favorite antioxidants to neutralize free radicals.

It has polyphenols— the micronutrients great for your health!

Like topical serums, you can apply green tea to the skin.

It should help you with

  • Reducing the impact of UV-backed skin inflammation,
  • Oxidative stress,
  • DNA damage. 

Green tea also contains healthy bioactive compounds.

You’d love it if you’re a biohacker.


Melatonin decides the distance between you and your sleep.

Well, you’re just one good hormone away from sleeping!

But it’s not only what melatonin helps with.

You can also apply melatonin to your skin as an antioxidant source.

The sleep hormone triggers antioxidant enzymes.

And you already know what antioxidants are for.

Free radicals skin tip#2: Don’t miss out on a healthy lifestyle.

free radicals skin tip#2 don't miss out on a healthy lifestyle.

What serum is to the outside, a healthy diet is to the inside of your body!

If you don’t like the idea of topical application, you can always choose something to satisfy your stomach. 😉

Take a look at these edible antioxidants:

  • Green vegetables,
  • Citrus fruits,
  • Beans,
  • Pulses,
  • Nuts,
  • Dark chocolate
  • And Oily fish.

You can also bring lifestyle changes as:

  • Quitting cigarette
  • Reducing alcohol
  • Staying hydrated
  • Trying to reduce stress
  • Getting massaged regularly
  • Sticking to exercises
  • Sleeping well

Free radicals skin tip#3: Load up the sunscreen on your skin.

free radicals skin tip#3 load up the sunscreen on your skin.

You already know how UV rays and visible lights mutate cells.

Not only that.

They also force-free radicals into your body.

So you want to give yourself the best chance to fight these external sources.

What’s better than adding sunscreen right in your morning skincare regimen?

Wear sunscreen, carry them with you.

Make the best use of them when available.

Free radicals skin tip#4: Go for a skin detox

Skin detoxing is not the friendliest or the organic way to cut short your free radicals.

But they’re very effective.

If you want to try it, you’d like to go with the best anti-aging face masks on the market.

They love drawing impurities out of your skin.

Or you can use alternative and safer remedies like organic medicines from Sea Buckthorn plants.

Free radicals skin tip#5: Somavedic

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Somavedic is second to none.

Do you know why?

  • Reason#1: it’s not a cream you need to apply.
  • Reason#2: it’s not a fruit you have to eat.
  • Reason#3: it’s not an exercise you have to do.
  • Reason#4: it’s not sleeping; you have to have
  • Reason#5: it’s not medicine you have to take

It’s everything but a burden of work on you.

You can easily rate it as one of the best biohacking tools in the town because it doesn’t demand anything from you.

  • Buy it
  • Place it on the table
  • Let it do its work
  • Repeat

THAT’S IT! But before ordering it for you, read Somavedic FAQs to answer all your queries. 

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Somavedic uses the best of the two worlds to turn the tide of aging:

  1. Frequency therapy of the east
  2. The natural science of the west

How it helps your skincare:

  • Increases the absorption of vitamin and minerals in the skin
  • Detoxifies the pollutants around you
  • Helps you to mitigate dry and itchy skin
  • Discourages harmful radiations that affect the skin
  • Boosts immune system & skin cells repair
  • Benefits your pets’ skin as well

Why do we recommend it?

It’s not too much of a science as chemicals… 

And it’s not too much of pseudoscience as magic!

It’s in the between, and you’ll love it.

Are antioxidants safe?

are antioxidants safe


There are very little to no significant side effects of antioxidants.

Most clinical trials indicate antioxidants behave, more or less, relatively safe on everyone except a few.

Effect of antioxidants

  • Creams and topical applicants can cause skin irritation
  • Oils, Vitamin E and C can clog pores

Chemicals to avoid:

  • L-ascorbic acid— might play an irritating threat to sensitive skin
  • Rosacea— may behave the same as L-ascorbic

Things to take care of:

  • Use lightweight serum if you have an acne-troubled face
  • Buy thicker creams if you have dry skin.

Frequently asked questions.

Skincare regimen regarding free radical invites a lot of queries.

You must read what your neighbors and other people with similar skin problems are asking.

Let’s cover some frequently asked questions in detail:

What is a free radical in a skin?

The free radicals are unpaired oxygen electrons in our skin.

In the quest for healthy atom, free radicals

  • Breaks down collagen of the skin
  • Adds to hyperpigmentation
  • Sags down your skin
  • Creates skin blemishes
  • Wrinkles facial skin
  • Makes dark spots and fine lines visible

So free radicals do pretty much everything in the skin that affects its health.

How do I reduce free radicals in my skin?

how do i reduce free radicals in my skin

You can reduce free radicals in your skin by adding antioxidants to your skincare routine.

Antioxidants neutralize the unstable free radicals and keep oxidative instability from the skin at bay!

The three significant vitamins to reduce free radicals in your skin:

  • Vitamin C,
  • Vitamin E,
  • And Vitamin B3.

What causes free radicals in the body?

Pollution, UV light, Industrial chemicals, smoking, and an Unhealthy lifestyle cause free radicals in the body.

These factors break down atoms into an unstable buddy system.

Then an unpaired electron looks to steal an extra electron from the other healthy cell.

The thirst for a new electron can damage your skin’s DNA that magnifies signs of aging.

Where do free radicals come from skin?

Although our bodies make free radicals of themselves (oxidation is a continuous process), most free radicals come from polluted air, solar radiation, chemical and mechanical abuse, and unhealthy lifestyle.

They can induce adverse effects on your skin, ranging from wrinkles to fine lines, saggy skin, and premature aging.

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