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Science of Skin Care: Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity (O.R.A.C.) and O.R.A.C. Lifting Complex

Maintain the youthfulness of your skin.
Maintain the youthfulness of your skin.

Time marches on; aging is inevitable. And while we haven’t found the elusive fountain of youth to halt the natural aging process, what we do know about the skin and chemical reactions that affect its composition can determine just how visible the aging process is.

Why Oxygen Radical Absorbency is Necessary

The effects of the natural aging process on your skin are influenced by a number of factors, including:

  • Genetics
  • Cumulative UV radiation exposure
  • Lifestyle choices, including diet and exercise, alcohol consumption and smoking habits
  • Exposure to environmental toxins

Many of these factors increase oxidative stress, defined as “an imbalance between the systemic manifestation of reactive oxygen species [ROS] and a biological system’s ability to readily detoxify the reactive intermediates or to repair the resulting damage.”[1]

ROS are unstable molecules that require additional electrons to become stable. ROS may stabilize by bonding to another compound or attracting weakly bonded electrons from another compound. However, by stabilizing itself, the ROS compromises the integrity of the compound to which it bonded or borrowed an electron. In the skin, ROS stabilization—i.e., oxidation—is responsible for the breakdown of collagen fibers and other components of the dermal matrix, and the cumulative effect is a loss of elasticity and firmness—in other words, sagging and wrinkles.

To arrest, minimize and possibly reverse the effects of oxidative stress, your skin needs an increased ability to neutralize ROS—it needs something to deliver a high oxygen radical absorbency capacity.

Superior Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity

Your body’s capacity to neutralize ROS can be enhanced through diet and lifestyle changes. Minimizing exposure to elements and toxins that introduce ROS to your system will reduce the oxidative stress your body needs to deal with altogether. A healthy diet that includes antioxidant-rich foods will enhance oxygen radical absorbency system wide.

However, you can minimize the effects of oxidative stress and the natural aging process on your skin by enhancing oxygen radical absorbency capacity from the top down. Hale CosmeceuticalsO.R.A.C. Lifting Complex combines the antioxidant potential of Vitamins C and E and ellagic acid. This formula is over seven times more potent than other O.R.A.C. products, with an O.R.A.C. value of 3,666 vs. the average 500 of most other leading skin care products.

In addition to its active antioxidant ingredients, O.R.A.C. Lifting Complex also contains alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids, which speed cell turnover. With recommended twice daily applications, O.R.A.C. Lifting Complex can help protect collagen from oxidative damage, facilitate natural exfoliation and encourage skin repair, allowing you to see diminished signs of aging in six to eight weeks.

Aging may be inevitable, but the signs of it don’t have to be. Give your skin the means to effectively neutralize ROS to preserve the integrity and youthful appearance of your skin. Contact us to order O.R.A.C. Lifting Complex and get the highest potency formula to combat oxidative stress.

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