Environmental Stress Factors that Impact our Skin Health - Pollution, UV rays and lifestyle factors
Living in urban cities and highly polluted areas can affect the quality of your skin to a great extent. Polluted air and UV rays present in the atmosphere produce huge amounts of free radicals which lead to many skin problems like acne, pigmentation, sunburns, inflammation and premature aging. Research states that extrinsic skin aging is driven to a large extent by environmental factors and external stressors such as ultraviolet radiation (UVR), pollution and lifestyle factors which have been shown to stimulate the production of reactive oxygen species and generate oxidative stress. If free radicals take over the body’s natural immune system they are responsible for 90% of premature skin aging and also give rise to long-term health issues. In addition, excessive smoking and a sedentary lifestyle also contribute to skin complications.
So, what’s the solution for damage caused by free radicals?
The best line of defense against free radicals is antioxidants. They have the ability to balance out the harmful effects of free radicals and in turn prevent the occurrence of cellular damage called “Oxidative stress”. Cellular damage can be linked to aging, heart failure, Alzheimer’s and many other issues within the body.
Earlier the human body could easily get rid of free radicals by producing antioxidants for its natural defense. But over the last few decades, it is believed that an increased consumption of food rich in preservatives and chemicals made it tougher for the human body to produce enough antioxidants which can replace those ever increasing free radicals.
This is where the power of nature comes into action. Several scientific studies suggest that fruits, vegetables, and plants are loaded with antioxidants which can significantly eradicate free radicals from the body. The best form in which you could derive maximum benefits is their wild form. If not, the next best option would be their organic variant. Apart from their incorporation in a daily diet, you must also try them in their topical form (i.e. specialized cosmetic formulations). For example, Daughter Earth's fragrance-free Antioxidant Lip balm is enriched with Mandarin orange extracts which are packed with Vitamins C and E and our Eternal Youth Rejuvenating Serum contains carrot seed oil that contains the goodness of B-Carotene, a great antioxidant agent.
Different antioxidants offer different benefits to the body. That is why we try and integrate good dose of antioxidants in our skincare from multiple high-performance botanicals.
Eco-ageing and anti-oxidants go hand in hand
What is eco-aging? Eco-ageing is a popular anti-aging trend which highlights the acceptance of natural aesthetics over the well established vague ideologies of beauty. It is about aging gracefully. It is about healthy-aging or well-aging and we believe in the power of plant botanicals to help us in this journey. This concept captures the essence of beauty through a whole new perspective.Eco-ageing also focuses on self-acceptance rather than mere social acceptance. Eco-ageing encourages us to be conscious about the products we use on our skin, typically leaning towards natural skincare solutions.
The use of natural ingredients in the formulations aimed at healthy and eco-aging also adds the healing bonus of Antioxidants which help revive what’s lost over years. In a nutshell, eco-aging promotes sustainable and ethical strategies which are beneficial to the society and nature.
How does Daughter Earth integrate eco-aging principles in its line of skincare products?
Well, the answer lies in Daughter Earth's philosophy of giving back to nature and promoting healthy living. We offer products which we strongly believe in and are made from non-toxic and safe ingredients rich in antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals, omega fatty acids and skin-loving lipids.
Significant research goes into each creation - some of which take years to formulate. We use modern principles of green technology and combine with what’s been passed over for over 7000+ years in the form of Ayurveda. There are no harmful chemicals or artificial fragrances added in our concoctions. In fact, we pride ourselves on our proprietary and 100% unique & natural fragrances which are derived from the most aromatic and expensive plant oils. We take inspiration from our traditional Hyderabadi origins when it comes to fragrances. At the same time, we try to keep them subtle.
Our packaging plays a vital role in keeping us on the path of eco-revolution. For example, the oil-based serums are packaged in recyclable amber glass bottles. These amber bottles also protect the serum from direct sunlight and photosensitivity. In addition, with every product you purchase 10% of the earnings go towards the betterment of the planet and society. We graciously contribute to the initiatives of afforestation, educational empowerment, and cruelty-free living.
Hence, opting for natural antioxidant skincare is a smart step towards healthy and clean living. When you live in a polluted city, facing significant exposure to the sun and dispersed pollutants or when you go away to trek and conquer mountains exposing your skin to harsh UV rays, or just chill on the beach in the warm sun, our potent formulas combat free radicals, rejuvenate the skin by providing vital nutrients and get you ready for your next day slay. Not to mention that pampering your skin with the finest botanical ingredients certainly tend to boost holistic bliss and high-vibration living.
What can you try in our antioxidant range?
Our Eternal Youth Phytonutrient Moisturiser maintains the moisture level of your skin and also addresses the issues of skin elasticity and appearance of wrinkles and replenishes the vital nutrients required by the skin. The rare combination of Watermelon, Red Raspberry and Pomegranate seed extracts make a potent trio to combat against free radical damage and environmental stress factors.
Don’t forget your lips. Ever. Your lips age too and they are often left out of the essential skincare discussion. In fact, lips show some of the first signs of skin damage and aging due to poor lifestyle or exposure to harsh environments. For ultimate lip protection, go for our antioxidant lip balm which hydrates the lips and protects them from aging due to sun damage. Our lip balm is pure, no-nonsense and simple treatment and it is everything that your lips would ever need in any season. That too without a drop of chemicals. Isn’t that something?
Lastly, you must try our Eternal Youth Rejuvenating Serum for ultimate skin protection. We call it the temple of high-performance actives with a heavy dose of antioxidants that penetrate into deeper layers of the skin. It’s 100% natural and active with no preservatives and it actively works on improving the skin elasticity and reducing fine lines and wrinkles while you get your daily beauty sleep. It works in tandem with the body’s natural repair and rejuvenation process over the night when you sleep.
The discussion about antioxidants will not be complete if we do not talk about following a healthy lifestyle by incorporating a healthy workout regime and eating foods that are rich in antioxidants such as berries, green leafy vegetables, avocados, broccoli, raisins etc., along with fruits like pomegranate and grapes. And if anyone tells you to just buy a ton of skincare products and not eat healthily or exercise well, stay away from them. We will never tell you to do that. Life is all about balance and every component of a healthy lifestyle has its function - from topical skin care treatment like serums and moisturizers to change in eating habits and exercising regularly. In fact, the highly antioxidant Mediterranean diet, characterised by high fruit and vegetable intake, has been shown to be associated with increased longevity and reduced risk of age-related diseases according to research. Let us know your thoughts! If you have any tips that can help our readers, we’d love to have you comment below.