Just as we can see the effects of seasonal weather to the outside of our home, and prolonged sun exposure to our windshield wipers and dashboard, our skin is being exposed to the same environmental influences called oxidative stress. As the years go by, we can see the effects on our skin as a result.
Let’s take a closer look at what oxidative stress is, what our mitochondria does, and how each relates to the way our cells create energy, in an easy to understand way.
We all eat and breathe, right? When we eat we take in nutrients, and when we breathe we take oxygen into our bodies. These nutrients and oxygen find their way into our cells where they meet up with our cell’s energy factory, the mitochondria. Here the nutrients and oxygen are transformed into energy and released into the cells to fuel them to do what they are born to do.
When our cells are healthy and robust, they produce ATP (adenosine triphosphate). This is the fuel that energizes our cells to perform at a highly effective and very efficient level. ATP provides the energy for our organs to do their job starting with each cell.
When our cell’s energy factory is working optimally, it’s similar to the smooth ride we experience in a brand new luxury car. Putting high quality fuel into the tank, all of the engine parts work together smoothly, and there is very little exhaust. We can feel the power flowing to the engine when we step on the accelerator, and enjoy a smooth ride.
As time goes by, our luxury car ages, a little rust creeps in, engine parts begin to wear out from the stress of driving many miles in all kinds of weather, and before long, our ride is a little bumpier and our engine begins to show signs of wear and tear.
The same is true for our body’s cells. With prolonged exposure to environmental pollutants, smoke, UV damage, poor diet and daily stress, our cells begin to show similar signs of wear, and the energy factory in the mitochondria become less efficient at creating energy.
Just as an old car starts to produce more exhaust, our cells begin to produce their own type of exhaust by releasing more electrically charged bits of oxygen. Now our sluggish energy factory is creating less of its own antioxidants to keep those oxygen bits in check and these Free Radicals, or wild oxygen, are now roaming about our body stirring up trouble. This is known as oxidative stress.
Before long, we are dealing with the effects of lifelong exposure to our environment, more wild oxygen swirling around, the slowing of our cells’ energy production, the ups and downs of hormonal levels and everything inherited from our forefathers. Whew! I’m feeling stressed just thinking about it!
Our cells are also born to live a certain length of time. They are sometimes changed by oxidative stress, sluggish cellular energy, off balanced hormones affecting how long they live or they can produce a new version of the cell that passes along to the next generation. These changes are called mutations, and are usually not a good thing, setting up our cells to create degenerative conditions within our body.
Some of the signs of Oxidative Stress we see in our skin include sagging, wrinkling, age spots, skin thickening, and compromised immune properties. So how do we go about preventing oxidative stress?
Apriori Beauty has put together a blend of nutrients that are easily absorbed by our cells and utilized by our mitochondria/energy factory to create optimal cellular energy. This proactive approach to taming the wild oxygen beasts provides an internal and external system which bubble-wraps each cell to protect and nourish it and keep our skin healthy from birth for a longer, more energized life.