The key to tight, youthful-looking skin is collagen. Every day collagen fibers are under attack from a host of environmental assaults—UV radiation, air and water pollutants, fragrances in cosmetics, etc. that introduce Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) to your skin.
ROS are unstable molecules. They become stable when they form molecular bonds with other compounds that balance their charge. In order to form those bonds, they often “steal” electrons from other compounds, leading to the degeneration of that other compound. This is, in a nutshell, the definition of oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress, or oxidation, is the process that causes skin aging. ROS in the skin leads to the breaking down of collagen fibers and other components of the dermal matrix leading to a loss of tone and elasticity.
Oxidation can be countered by antioxidants, which neutralize ROS and prevent them from damaging cells and extracellular components needed for health tissues (like firm skin). Antioxidants can be ingested or applied topically. The antioxidant capacity of any food, drink or skincare product is measured its Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity, or O.R.A.C. for short.
Hale Cosmeceuticals O.R.A.C. Lifting Complex delivers one of the highest potency antioxidant formulas available. This complex combines Vitamins C and E and ellagic acid for an O.R.A.C. value of 3666! Compared to a typical anti-oxidant product with an O.R.A.C. value of approximately 500, our formula has over seven times the ROS-fighting potential!
The O.R.A.C. Lifting Complex combines alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids to give you AHA skin surface benefits and BHA pore-minimizing effects. When used once or twice daily after cleansing, you will notice improved skin tone and smoothness.