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How do Anti-Oxidants work?


 Guest blogger: Olivia Arezzolo

Olivia Arezollo - Gentle Exfoliant - Cactus SkincareYou’ve heard that it’s important to eat foods high in antioxidants to optimise your wellbeing, fight free radicals, brighten your skin and prevent cancer; but have you ever considered what happens when these compounds are found in your facial products? At Cactus, we pride in only creating products we can be proud of, so we squeeze as many of these skin optimisation agents into each and every product. Take for example Nature’s Anti-Oxidant Crème, which features Olive Leaf extract with 400% more antioxidant power than Vitamin C. Or consider the Lemon Mrytle Cleanser, which has extraordinary levels of Vitamin E and A, known for their antioxidant content and ability to rejuvenate the skin.


First, let us explain how antioxidants work. , cause our skin to age, blemish, look dull and appear uneven in colour and texture. This happens as the nasty free radicals, on a microscopic level, target healthy cells walls, destroying them and causing the death of the cell. On a surface level, this is why the skin cells look less-than-ideal after being victims of the free radical curse.

But it helps to know exactly what’s going on. Free radicals, are basically cells with only one electron. Now, cells want to be paired… so that unhealthy cell will take an electron from a healthy cell, rendering that one unhealthy. That unhealthy cell will then go about finding another cell to take an electron from to pair up and so an unhealthy cycle is born.

Anti-Oxidants basically donate an electron to the cell looking for a mate and render that problem gone.

Olivia Arezzolo - Lemon Myrtle Cleanser - Cactus Skincare

Free radicals are hyperactive when we are under stress, eat poorly, drink alcohol, are exposed to cigarette smoke, the sun, or due to a lack of sleep. Given these factors, it’s safe to say that all of us are most likely to be facing some serious damage to our skin cells, therefore to ensure we do not suffer these dismal skin consequences, we need to balance this with an antioxidant rich skin care routine – we suggest a three step daily routine tailored to your skin type.

For us at Cactus, we feel that knowing this information, it is not only a pleasure, but a duty, to deliver a product range is packed (yes, and we mean packed) with antioxidant rich ingredients such as Lemon Myrtle and Olive Leaf Extract: these elements are responsible for removing free radicals and their toxicity from our system and allowing the skin to glow – naturally. Healing from the inside out, when we do this our skin appears smooth, blemish free, even in colour and supple. Just as nature intended. 

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